The 2016 racing season kicked off with a success for the international BMW Motorrad Motorsport community: The curtain raiser of the 2016 South African SuperGP Champions Trophy (RSA SBK) saw the first podium finish of the year for the BMW S1000RR. The season opener took place at the Red Star Raceway (ZA) last weekend.
Privateer BMW racer Daryn Upton (ZA) finished the first of the two races held in the SuperGP class on the podium in third place. In race two, he crossed the line in fourth. Second-best BMW racer was Lance Isaacs (ZA), who claimed seventh and fifth place respectively in the SuperGP class on his LIR BMW S1000RR. The third-best BMW privateer was Nicolas Grobler (ZA), who finished both races in eighth position. Nicholas Kershaw (ZA) was tenth and ninth respectively on his RR. Ronald Slamet (ZA) failed to finish race one and crossed the line in 12th in race two.
This season, more BMW racers and teams than ever are competing in the South African SuperGP Champions Trophy. At the season opener, ten BMW S1000RRs lined up in several classes. BMW Motorrad South Africa supports the privateer racers with a package of benefits. The racers can purchase the BMW S1000RR at a reduced price and are supplied with one set of tires per rider and race by BMW Motorrad South Africa. In addition, training is organized for the teams to get acquainted with the RR, the technology and software as well as with HP Race Parts. In the week before the season opener, a two-day training session was held with a BMW Motorrad Motorsport engineer from Munich, who coached riders and team technicians on site in South Africa and also supported them during the first races. The package is completed by financial support: BMW Motorrad South Africa pays the entry fees for the riders and takes over part of the costs for parts purchased at the local dealers. The highest category of the South African race series, the SuperGP class, is eligible for the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy.