In the International German Championship (IDM) and the French European Bikes Championship (FR EU), BMW S1000RR racers claimed more top-three lock-outs to move further ahead of their competitors. Kenny Foray (FRA) also celebrated his fourth win of the season in the French Superbike Championship (FSBK). Michal Filla (CZE) was crowned champion in the Superstock class of the Alpe Adria Road Racing Championship (AARR STK) with races to spare. Meanwhile, Ondrej Jezek (CZE), Dominik Juda (CZE) and Arnaud Friedrich (GER) also claimed podium finishes in the races at the Red Bull Ring.
International German Championship at the Lausitzring, Germany.
The International German Championship (IDM) paid a visit to the Lausitzring (GER) for the fifth of seven season events. The BMW racers were in dominant form once again – and claimed a top-three lock-out in both races.
Bastien Mackels (BEL / Wilbers BMW Racing) won race one on Sunday, finishing 0.644 seconds ahead of Julian Puffe (GER / alpha-Racing-Van-Zon-BMW). His teammate Ilya Mikhalchik (UKR) secured third place to complete the podium. In the second race, Mikhalchik celebrated his seventh win of the season, triumphing by a significant margin of nearly five seconds. Mackels claimed second place and Puffe finished third. Pepjin Bijsterbosch (NED) secured fifth position in both races.
Although there are still two events with a total of four races left in this season, it has already been confirmed that the title will go to a BMW rider. The best rider for another manufacturer is already too far behind. Mikhalchik leads the overall standings with 224 points. Mackels (211 points) is thirteen points back in second place. Puffe is in third place with 150 points and still has a mathematical chance of claiming the title.
French Superbike Championship at Carole, France.
Foray secured pole position for both races with his BMW S1000RR. He also posted the fastest lap time in race one before taking a tumble. Foray picked us his bike and continued the race, finishing in tenth place. Foray’s teammate Maxime Bonnot (FRA) finished the first race in eighth position, claiming victory in the Superbike Challenger class (SBK Ch).
In race two, Foray converted pole position into his fourth win of the season. Bonnot was tenth overall and second in the SBK Ch. Robin Camus (FRA) was also competing at Carole with a BMW S1000RR. He finished in sixth and fourth positions in the two races. Foray is currently second in the championship standings.
French European Bikes Championship at Carole, France.
The French European Bikes Championship (FR EU) also paid a visit to Carole for the penultimate event of the 2018 season. The weekend featured a top-three lock-out and a total of five podium finishes for BMW racers. It has already been confirmed that the champion will be a BMW rider: defending champion Florian Brunet-Lugardon (FRA / Gers Moto Vitesse Ordannaise) or Jonathan Germany (FRA).
In race one on Saturday, Brunet-Lugardon and Germany reached the podium in second and third positions. Germany also recorded the fastest lap time. The BMW riders then celebrated a top-three lock-out in the second race on Sunday with experienced rider Hernani Teixeira (FRA) claiming victory, finishing 0.384 seconds ahead of Germany, who once again posted the best lap time. Brunet-Lugardon finished third to secure the final podium spot.
With two races to go, Brunet-Lugardon leads the championship standings with 231 points. Germany is in second place overall with 192 points. Aprilia rider Gino de la Rosa is already so far back in third place that he has no chance of claiming the title.
MotoAmerica at Pittsburgh, USA.
The MotoAmerica (MA) series was in action in Pittsburgh (USA). Danny Eslick (USA / Scheibe Racing) competed with the BMW S1000RR in the Superbike class (MA SBK). He failed to finish race one and took the checkered flag in seventh in the second race.
In the Superstock race (MA STK), BMW rider Travis Wyman (USA / Weir Everywhere Racing) finished in fourth position.
Alpe Adria Road Racing Championship at the Red Bull Ring, Austria.
It was only a matter of time until Michal Filla (CZE) won the title in the Superstock class of the Alpe Adria Road Racing Championship (AARR STK). The BMW Sikora Motorsport rider traveled to the penultimate event of the season at the Red Bull Ring (AUT) with a commanding lead.
Filla wrapped up the championship in the first of the two races on Saturday, claiming his ninth victory in race nine of the season to ensure he was crowned champion with races still to come. Second place went to Dominik Juda (CZE) from the TME racing team.
The newly-crowned champion suffered his first defeat of the season in race two on Sunday – although even that was a close-run contest. Filla came home second, just 0.243 seconds behind winner Adrian Pasek (POL / Yamaha). Arnaud Friedrich (GER / Team LRP Poland) joined them on the podium in third place.
In the Superbike class (AARR SBK), the Mercury Racing Team was back in action, having recently been forced to miss races due to the schedule clash with the FIM Endurance World Championship (FIM EWC). The team hit the ground running with Karel Hanika (CZE) winning both races on his BMW S1000RR. His teammate Ondrej Jezek (CZE) finished third to claim a spot on the podium in race one, before coming home fourth in race two.
MFJ Superbike All Japan Road Race Championship at Autopolis, Japan.
The MFJ Superbike All Japan Road Race Championship (MFJ) was at Autopolis (JPN) at the weekend. BMW rider Tomoya Hoshino (JPN) from the Tone RT Syncedge 4113 team finished 19th in the JSB1000 race.