Racing Update: Strong Results at Imola WSBK, Privateers Race in Malaysia

Racing Update: Strong Results at Imola WSBK, Privateers Race in Malaysia

The famous “Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari” in Imola, Italy, hosted the Superbike World Championship last weekend – and the BMW Motorrad privateers did well. In the elite WSBK, Ayrton Badovini (IT) and BMW Motorrad Italia SBK finished fifth and sixth, giving them their best results of the season to date. In the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup (STK1000) race, Roberto Tamburini (IT) rode his BMW S1000RR into second place on the podium. This saw him move up from 11th to fourth in the standings of the 2015 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy (see below for the current standings). There was also Superbike action in Southeast Asia last weekend: In Sepang (MY), the BMW Motorrad privateers kick-started the inaugural season of the all-new Malaysia Superbike Championship (MSC).

Imola (ITA) 09th May 2015. BMW Motorrad Italia Superbike Team Rider Ayrton Badovini #86 (ITA)
BMW Motorrad Italia Superbike Team Rider Ayrton Badovini #86 (ITA) at Imola.
Imola (ITA) 09th May 2015. BMW Team Toth Rider Imre Toth #10 (HUN)-3
BMW Team Toth Rider Imre Tóth #10.

FIM Superbike World Championship in Imola, Italy.

The fifth round of the FIM Superbike World Championship (WSBK) was held in Italy and therefore a “home” race for the BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team and rider Ayrton Badovini (IT) who lives just a few miles away from the “Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari.” The Italian team proved they are moving up and got the best results of the season when they finished in sixth and fifth. There were already signs on Friday and Saturday that the team and the experts at BMW Motorrad Motorsport had found the right settings for the narrow and difficult track. In the practice sessions Badovini consistently finished in the top seven on his BMW S1000RR, and in Superpole qualifying he secured eighth place on the starting grid. In the first race on Sunday he moved up to sixth in the opening laps, but on the 10th lap the race was red-flagged after a serious accident. After the restart there was a short sprint race over six laps, which saw Badovini finish in sixth. Race two went the full distance of 19 laps with Badovini finishing fifth and giving him his first top five result of the season. The two riders from BMW Racing Team Toth also picked up world championship points in Imola: Imre Tóth (HU) finished in 15th and 12th, his teammate Gábor Rizmayer (HU) crossed the finish line in 16th and 13th.

Imola (ITA) 10th May 2015. BMW Team Motoxracing Rider Roberto Tamburini #2 (ITA)
BMW Team Motoxracing Rider Roberto Tamburini #2 (ITA).

FIM Superstock 1000 Cup in Imola, Italy.

The BMW S1000RR had another podium finish in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup (STK1000) race which was held as part of the WSBK weekend in Imola. Roberto Tamburini (IT) in action for MotoxRacing on his RR was second to cross the finish line at his home race. This saw him take another step forward in the fight for the title: After three races this season, Tamburini is in second place in the drivers’ standings. The Italian also moved up in the classification of the 2015 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy, where he is now in fourth. The second-best BMW Motorrad privateer in Imola was Denni Schiavoni (IT / 2R Racing). He is a regular rider in the Italian Championship (CIV) and was given a wildcard to start in Imola. He finished ninth on his BMW S1000RR. Fabio Marchionni (IT) in action on his RR for TR. Corse crossed the finish line in 17th. Luca Oppedisano (IT / DMR Racing), a BMW Motorrad privateer from the CIV who was also given a wildcard to start in Imola, finished the race in 20th.

Malaysia Superbike Championship in Sepang, Malaysia.

The inaugural season of the new Malaysia Superbike Championship (MSC) got underway at the “Sepang International Circuit” just outside Kuala Lumpur. Two races were scheduled for both the Superbike class and the Superstock class. Two BMW Motorrad privateers contested the top category, the Superbike class SBK A, at the season opener. On his BMW S1000RR, Sharulnizam Bin Ramli (MY) finished third in the second race, after finishing sixth in the first one. Helmi Daud (MY) finished eighth in the first race, but retired in the second. Four riders were flying the BMW Motorrad Motorsport colors in the Superstock class STK A. Nasarudin Mat Yusop (MY) claimed third place in both races. Hasnur Rizal Bin Nur Sastra (MY) finished in fifth and sixth, Mohamad Asrul Affendi (MY) finished seventh in both races, and Khoo Chee Yen (MY) crossed the finish line in eighth in both races.

Sepang (MAL) 10th May 2015. Team BMW Rider Sharulnizam Bin Ramli #28 (MAL)
Team BMW Rider Sharulnizam Bin Ramli #28 (MAL).

2015 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy – Current Standings.

So far, 64 privateer BMW Motorrad riders from 43 different teams and 19 nations have registered their participation. In 2015, the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy comprises a total of 19 international and national championships. Registration is possible until June 30th 2015. Participants in the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy can once again compete in multiple championships in 2015. However, the points scored in the different championships are not added together, but are calculated separately for each individual race series. The current standings only include points from the race series in which the participant has scored the most Race Trophy points. You can find all the information on the 2015 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy, including the regulations and registration form, online at the BMW Motorrad Motorsport website:

Status: 13th May 2015

Pos. Name (Nat.) Series / Class Points
1 Matthieu Lussiana (FR) MT1GP STK GP 133.33
2 Michel Amalric (FR) FR EU 99.69
3 Emeric Jonchiere (FR) FSBK STK 96.00
4 Roberto Tamburini (IT) STK1000 90.00
5 Florian Brunet-Lugardon (FR) FR EU 86.15
6 Lance Isaacs (ZA) RSA SBK GP 78.00
7 Alastair Seeley (GB) BSB STK 75.64
8 Cyril Brunet-Lugardon (FR) FR EU 73.85
9 Pekka Päivärinta (FI) / Kirsi Kainulainen (FI) SWC 61.33
10 Markus Reiterberger (DE) EWC SBK 60.00
10 Gareth Jones (AU) EWC SBK 60.00
10 Pedro Vallcaneras (ES) EWC SBK 60.00
13 Madjid Idres (FR) FR EU 55.38
14 Eeki Kuparinen (FI) CEV AM 52.80
15 Florian Drouin (FR) FR EU 49.23

16. Stephen Mercer (GB/EWC STK/48.00), 16. Marco Nekvasil (AT/EWC STK/48.00), 16. Hayato Takada (JP/EWC STK/48.00), 19. Iván Silva (ES/CEV PR/41.60), 20. Tommy Bridewell (GB/BSB SBK/40.38), 21. Laurent Aymonin (FR/FR EU/39.38), 22. Nicholas Kershaw (ZA/RSA SBK GP/36.19), 23. Mike Roscher/Anna Burkard (DE/SWC/32.13), 24. Michael Laverty (GB/BSB SBK/31.24), 25. Ryuichi Kiyonari (JP/BSB SBK/29.71), 26. Sebastian Porto (AR/MT1GP STK GP/28.44), 27. Luca Oppedisano (IT/CIV/27.20), 28. Léon Benichou (FR/FR EU/24.62), 29. Marcel Irnie (CA/AMA STK/24.62), 30. Barry Burrell (GB/EWC STK/24.00), 30. Gary Mason (GB/EWC STK/24.00), 30. Stefan Capella (GB/EWC STK/24.00), 33. Emilien Jaillet (FR/FSBK STK/22.15), 34. Dominik Vincon (DE/IDM STK/21.71), 35. Uwe Gürck/Manfred Wechselberger (DE/AT/SWC/20.80), 36. Peter Hickman (GB/BSB SBK/19.81), 37. Camille Hedelin (FR/FSBK STK/19.69), 38. Nicolas Pouhair (FR/FSBK STK/12.31), 39. Daisaku Sakai (JP/MFJ/12.00), 40. Lee Jackson (GB/BSB SBK/11.43), 41. Pepijn Bijsterbosch (NL/IDM STK/10.29), 42. Jean Foray (FR/FR EU/9.85), 43. Koji Teramoto (JP/MFJ/6.00), 43. Fabio Marchionni (IT/STK1000/6.00), 45. Marc Neumann (DE/IDM STK/4.57), 46. Yuuta Kodama (JP/MFJ/4.00), 47. Michael Truchot (FR/FR EU/3.69), 48. Chris Schmid (DE/IDM SBK/3.43), 49. Thomas Hainthaler (DE/IDM SBK/2.29), 50. Shinya Takeishi (JP/MFJ/2.00), 50. Noriyuki Tsujimoto (JP/MFJ/2.00), 52. Martin Choy (BG/AARR SBK/0.00), 52. Milos Cihak (CZ/AARR SBK/0.00), 52. Michal Fojtik (CZ/AARR SBK/0.00), 52. Pawel Gorka (PL/AARR SBK/0.00), 52. Sabine Holbrook (DE/AARR SBK/0.00), 52. Janez Prosenik (SI/AARR SBK/0.00), 52. Jeremy Cook (US/AMA STK/0.00), 52. Lee Johnston (GB/BMW RRC/0.00). 52. Mika Höglund (FI/CEV AM/0.00), 52. Jordan Szoke (CA/CSBK PR/0.00), 52. Tatsuya Noda (JP/EWC SBK/0.00), 52. Federico D’Annunzio (IT/STK1000/0.00), 52. Eric Vionnet (CH/STK1000/0.00)


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