The iconic Ulster Grand Prix (GB), the “World’s Fastest Road Race,” saw five wins in five races and a new world record for the BMW S1000RR. Ian Hutchinson (GB), Michael Dunlop (GB) and David Jackson (GB) all raced onto the top step of the podium on the Dundrod Circuit. There was also success for the BMW Motorrad Motorsport racers at the other events of the weekend, with wins and podiums in the Superbike IDM / International German Championship (IDM), the French Superbike Championship (FSBK) and the French European Bikes Championship (FR EU).
Ulster Grand Prix near Belfast, Northern Ireland.
The Ulster Grand Prix lived up to its reputation of being the “World’s Fastest Road Race.” The 2016 running of the iconic event not only saw a clean sweep for the BMW S1000RR with five wins in five races, but also a new world record. Tyco BMW rider Ian Hutchinson (GB) broke the 134 mph barrier and set a new lap record with an average speed of 134.089 mph in Saturday’s second Superbike race. This earned him the title of the “World’s Fastest Road Racer,” as no other road racer had been that fast before. In total, Hutchinson celebrated three wins on his RR at this event.
The new record was the icing on the cake after a successful Ulster Grand Prix for the BMW Motorrad Motorsport racers. The streak of wins started in the National Dundrod 150 Challenge on Thursday, when the RR riders claimed a top-four lock-out. David Jackson (GB) took the win in front of fellow BMW riders Dominic Herbertson (GB / WH Racing), Mike Booth (GB / Danny Tomlinson Racing) and Sam West (GB / Ice Valley 4 Anjels Racing).
Michael Dunlop (GB / Hawk Racing) was then victorious in the Dundrod 150 Superbike race on Thursday evening. Hutchinson was fourth in that encounter. Saturday marked the main race day of the Ulster Grand Prix. It started with the Superstock race that was won by Hutchinson by an advantage of 0.2 seconds over second placed Dunlop. In the following two Superbike races, Hutchinson also took the wins, while Dunlop finished third on both occasions.
Superbike IDM / International German Championship in Assen, the Netherlands.
The sixth round of the 2016 Superbike IDM / International German Championship (IDM) was held at Assen (NL) last weekend. The BMW riders claimed a total of five podium finishes in their respective classes.
Bastien Mackels (BE / Wilbers-BMW-Racing) finished the first of the two races in third on the podium for the Superbike class (IDM SBK / fourth overall). In race two, the Belgian crossed the line fourth in the IDM SBK (eighth overall). In the Superstock class (IDM STK), Van Zon-Remeha-BMW rider Pepijn Bijsterbosch (NL) finished both races in second on the podium (fifth and fourth overall). His teammate Jan Bühn (DE) was third in the class on both occasions (seventh and fifth overall).
French Superbike Championship in Pau, France.
After the summer break, the 2016 French Superbike Championship (FSBK) resumed with the fifth round of the season held in Pau in the south west of France. BMW racer Kenny Foray (FR) and his Tecmas Racing Team once more had reason to celebrate. In race one, Foray secured his second win of the season and also set the fastest race lap on his BMW S1000RR. In race two, Foray finished second on the podium. In the championship standings, the BMW rider is second with two more rounds to go.
French European Bikes Championship in Pau, France.
At the FSBK round in Pau (FR) the French European Bikes Championship (FR EU) also held its fifth race weekend of the 2016 season. Once more the BMW S1000RR riders were the ones to beat, claiming a top-three lock-out and a one-two.
In race one, Florian Brunet-Lugardon (FR / Gers Moto Vitesse Ordannaise) celebrated his second win of the season. He came out on top in an exciting battle with fellow BMW rider Benjamin Colliaux (FR / Team Cherot Moto Sport), who crossed the line second only 0.199 seconds behind Brunet-Lugardon. RR rider Michel Amalric (FR / Tecmas Racing Team) completed the podium in third. In race two, it was Colliaux’s turn to climb onto the top step of the podium. He claimed his fourth win of the season, while Brunet-Lugardon was second in this encounter. In the championship standings Colliaux leads and Brunet-Lugardon is runner-up.
2016 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy.
Michael Dunlop (GB) is the new leader of the 2016 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy. At the Ulster Grand Prix, he claimed one win and three more podium finishes. With these results, he brought his points total collected through the BMW Combined Road Race Challenge (BMW RRC) to 332.30. New in second place is Ian Hutchinson (GB) with 327.50 Race Trophy points. He won three races at the Ulster Grand Prix on his RR. The previous leader, Michal Prášek (CZ / AARR STK), is now third with 325.60 points (see full standings below).
2016 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy – Current Standings.
Status: August 17, 2016
|Pos.||Name (Nat.)||Series / Class||Points|
|1||Michael Dunlop (GB)||BMW RRC||332.30|
|2||Ian Hutchinson (GB)||BMW RRC||327.50|
|3||Michal Prášek (CZ)||AARR STK||325.60|
|4||Vincent Lonbois (BE)||IRRC||291.55|
|5||Jordan Szoke (CA)||CSBK||291.25|
|6||Taylor Mackenzie (GB)||BSB STK||263.64|
|7||Sébastien Le Grelle (BE)||IRRC||249.36|
|8||Kenny Foray (FR)||FSBK SBK||243.46|
|9||Benjamin Colliaux (FR)||FR EU||235.87|
|10||Lukáš Pešek (CZ)||AARR SBK||233.60|
|11||Pekka Päivärinta / Kirsi Kainulainen (FI)||SWC||228.07|
|12||Didier Grams (DE)||IRRC||220.91|
|13||Florian Brunet-Lugardon (FR)||FR EU||207.69|
|14||Maximilian Scheib (CL)||CEV||198.80|
|15||Danilo Lewis (BR)||BRSBK||197.50|
16. Jan Bühn (DE/IDM STK/194.15), 17. Raffaele De Rosa (IT/STK1000/189.04), 18. Stefan Kerschbaumer (AT/EWC STK/173.12), 18. Bastien Mackels (BE/EWC STK/173.12), 18. Dominik Vincon (DE/EWC STK/173.12), 21. Pepijn Bijsterbosch (NL/IDM STK/169.69), 22. Ben Young (GB/CSBK/169.00), 23. Joshua Elliott (GB/BSB STK/167.27), 24. Martin Choy (BG/AARR SBK/158.80), 25. Michael Rutter (GB/BSB STK/158.73), 26. Mathieu Gines (FR/IDM SBK/156.11), 27. Jordi Torres (ES/WorldSBK/151.00), 28. Lance Isaacs (ZA/RSA SBK/147.14), 29. Michel Amalric (FR/FR EU/137.80), 30. Miloš Cihak (CZ/AARR SBK/132.80), 31. Michael Leon (CA/CSBK/132.75), 32. Michael Laverty (GB/BSB SBK/131.40), 33. Matteo Ferrari (IT/CIV/128.40), 34. Richard Cooper (GB/BSB SBK/121.00), 35. Cyril Brunet-Lugardon (FR/FR EU/120.31), 36. Christian Iddon (GB/BSB SBK/118.60), 37. Colin Butler (CA/MSC SBK/110.00), 38. Martin Tritscher (AT/AARR STK/108.80), 39. Mike Roscher/Anna Burkard (DE/SWC/105.41), 40. Santiago Barragán (ES/CEV/99.49), 41. Marek Hartl (CZ/AARR STK/98.80), 42. Hernani Teixeira (FR/FR EU/96.00), 43. Marco Nekvasil (AT/IDM STK/94.00), 44. Madjid Idres (FR/FR EU/93.23), 45. Hudson Kennaugh (ZA/BSB STK/88.00), 46. Petr Bičiště (CZ/IRRC/84.00), 47. Denni Schiavoni (IT/CIV/83.60), 48. Markus Reiterberger (DE/WorldSBK/80.00), 49. Marc Neumann (DE/IDM STK/76.46), 50. Steve Rapp (US/AMA SBK/74.93), 51. Joshua Brookes (AU/WorldSBK/74.20), 52. Lee Jackson (GB/BSB SBK/73.00), 53. Nasarudin Mat Yusop (MY/MSC STK/72.80), 54. Lee Johnston (GB/BMW RRC/71.00), 55. Garrick Vlok (ZA/RSA SBK/70.86), 56. Julien Brun (FR/FR EU/69.38), 57. Luca Vitali (IT/STK1000/69.25), 58. David Bouvier (FR/FR EU/69.19), 59. Arnaud Friedrich (DE/IDM STK/66.31), 60. David Datzer (DE/IRRC/65.45), 61. Bertrand Boyer (FR/FR EU/64.00), 62. Camille Hedelin (FR/EWC SBK/54.53), 62. Clive Rambure (FR/EWC SBK/54.53), 64. Leon Jeacock (GB/BSB STK/53.82), 65. Léon Benichou (FR/FR EU/52.31), 66. Karel Abraham (CZ/WorldSBK/51.90), 66. Alastair Seeley (GB/BMW RRC/51.90), 68. Chrissy Rouse (GB/BSB STK/50.18), 69. Roberto Blazquez (ES/CEV/50.00), 70. Daisaku Sakai (JP/MFJ/49.67), 71. Jeremy Cook (US/AMA STK/49.33), 72. Sam West (GB/BMW RRC/48.00), 73. Adam Jenkinson (GB/BSB STK/43.64), 74. Alex Olsen (GB/BSB STK/42.18), 75. Rob McNealy (GB/BSB STK/39.09), 76. Björn Stuppi (DE/IDM STK/37.69), 77. Rene Skalicky (CZ/AARR STK/35.80), 78. Michal Bidas (CZ/AARR STK/35.20), 79. Yuta Kodama (JP/MFJ/33.67), 80. Manu Dagault (FR/FR EU/32.00), 81. Dominic Chang (SG/MSC STK/31.60), 82. Michal Šembera (CZ/AARR SBK/31.20), 83. Ronald Slamet (ZA/RSA SBK/31.14), 84. Martin Jessopp (GB/BMW RRC/30.00), 85. Davo Johnson (AU/BMW RRC/29.80), 86. Nicolas Senechal (FR/EWC SBK/29.77), 87. Ricky Lee Weare (ZA/RSA SBK/29.14), 88. Eric Vionnet (CH/STK1000/28.75), 89. Dominic Herbertson (GB/BMW RRC/28.00), 90. Michal Fojtik (CZ/AARR STK/27.60), 91. Ben Godfrey (GB/BSB STK/27.09), 92. Maxime Bonnot (FR/FSBK SBK/27.08), 93. Dominique Platet (FR/EWC SBK/24.77), 94. Lim Ho Gon (KR/MFJ/23.00), 94. Shinya Takeishi (JP/MFJ/23.00), 96. Derek McGee (IE/BMW RRC/22.40), 97. Barry Teasdale (GB/BSB STK/21.82), 98. Adrián Bonastre (ES/CEV/19.00), 98. Howie Mainwaring Smart (GB/BSB SBK/19.00), 100. Justin Gillesen (ZA/RSA SBK/18.86), 101. Jakub Smrz (CZ/BSB SBK/18.40), 102. Etienne Nelson (ZA/RSA SBK/17.71), 103. Gauthier Duwelz (BE/STK1000/17.25), 104. Daniel Cooper (GB/BMW RRC/16.00), 105. Janez Prosenik (SI/EWC SBK/15.65), 106. Michal Filla (CZ/IDM STK/15.54), 107. Evert Stoffberg (ZA/RSA SBK/14.29), 108. Pedro Rodriguez (ES/CEV/12.60), 109. Matthieu Lussiana (FR/WorldSBK/12.20), 110. John Krieger (ZA/RSA SBK/11.14), 111. Sabine Holbrook (DE/AARR SBK/7.60), 112. Heinrich Rheeder (ZA/RSA SBK/3.29), 113. Federico D’Annunzio (IT/STK1000/7.50), 114. Pierre Bezuidenhout (ZA/RSA SBK/6.57), 115. Thomas Toffel (CH/STK1000/5.75), 116. Pascal Meslet (FR/FR EU/4.92), 117. Valter Patronen (FI/CEV/4.80), 118. Matej Smrz (BSB SBK/ 4.60), 119. Eric Dagault (FR/FR EU/3.69), 120. Jacques van Wyngaardt (ZA/RSA SBK/3.43), 121. Elwyn Steenkamp (ZA/RSA SBK/1.14), 122. Christophe Costes (FR/FR EU/0.00), 122. Stefan Dolipski (DE/AMA STK/0.00), 122. Ryan Farquhar (GB/BMW RRC/0.00), 122. Marcel Irnie (CA/CSBK/0.00), 122. Aaron League (US/BSB STK/0.00), 122. Joan Sardanyons (ES/CEV/0.00), 122. Tomas Svitok (SK/AARR STK/0.00)