Racing Update: WorldSBK Came to America, BMW Success in Spain and Italy

Racing Update: WorldSBK Came to America, BMW Success in Spain and Italy

The Superbike World Championship returned to the USA, with BMW racer Loris Baz (FRA) managing a top-ten finish at Laguna Seca. In the third race of the Spanish Championship (RFME CEV) at Navarra (ESP), defending champion Carmelo Morales (ESP) celebrated his second win of the season. BMW racers also enjoyed success at Imola, Italy, where Luca Vitali (ITA) finished on the podium in the Italian Superbike Championship (CIV). In the Italian National Trophy 1000 (INT) race, the win went to BMW S1000RR rider Federico D’Annunzio (ITA). Luca Salvadori (ITA) finished third, joining him on the podium.

Althea BMW Racing Team rider Loris Baz #76 (FRA) on the corkscrew at Laguna Seca.
Loris Baz #76

MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship at Laguna Seca, USA.

The Laguna Seca Raceway (USA), with its legendary Corkscrew turn, hosted the eighth round of the season in the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK). On the track near the Californian city of Monterey, Loris Baz (FRA) and the Gulf Althea BMW Team secured a top-ten spot. The Frenchman was unlucky on Saturday, however. In the crucial Superpole 2, Baz had to make do with twelfth place on the grid after a fall. In the race he fell again on lap three but Baz was able to keep riding and managed to salvage a point by finishing in 15th place. In Sunday’s race, he worked his way up the field with a few overtaking maneuvers and finished in tenth to secure the top-ten spot.

MotoAmerica at Laguna Seca, USA.

As part of the support program for the WorldSBK race weekend at Laguna Seca (USA), the Superbike class of MotoAmerica (MA SBK) also held two races. BMW rider Danny Eslick (USA / Scheibe Racing) finished in sixth and eighth place in these two races.

Team BMW Scheibe Racing rider Danny Eslick #69 (USA) at Road Atlanta in April.
Graphenano Easyrace BMW Team rider Carmelo Gomez Morales #31 (ESP).

Spanish Championship at Navarra, Spain.

It was the third race in the 2018 Spanish Championship (RFME CEV) and the second win of the season for reigning champion Carmelo Morales (ESP). In Navarra (ESP), the BMW rider of the Graphenano EasyRace SBK Team showed his expertise once again. Starting from second on the grid, Morales took the lead immediately and retained it right to the end of the race. After this win, Morales is the sole leader in the championship standings.

Carmelo Morales: “The race was very demanding physically because it was extremely hot. I’m very pleased with the result, I was able to push 100 percent right to the end. Big thanks go to the team and to BMW, they provided me with a winning bike. This has given us a lot of confidence for the coming races.”

Italian Superbike Championship in Imola, Italy.

The Italian Superbike Championship (CIV) was at Imola (ITA) last weekend. Luca Vitali (ITA / DMR Racing) finished on the podium at the iconic track: he claimed third place in the second race. Vitali was sixth in race one. His teammate Axel Bassani (ITA) crossed the line in ninth and eighth place. Christian Gamarino (ITA / Tutapista Corse) finished the first race in eighth, but retired from race two.

Team BMW DMR Racing rider Luca Vitali #70 (ITA) at Misano Adriatico (ITA) in April.

Italian National Trophy 1000 at Imola, Italy.

The Italian National Trophy 1000 (INT) also headed to Imola (ITA) for the third race of the 2018 season. With a considerable lead of more than three seconds, BMW rider Federico D’Annunzio (ITA) celebrated his second win of the season. Fellow BMW rider Luca Salvadori (ITA) finished third to join him on the podium. Two other BMW riders followed in fourth and fifth place: Alessandro Polita (ITA) and Remo Castellarin (ITA).

BMW FDA Racing Team rider Federico D’Annunzio #141 (ITA) at Misano Adriatico (ITA) in April.

SuperBike Series Brasil at São Paulo, Brazil.

The SuperBike Series Brasil (BRSBK) held its second race of the 2018 season at São Paulo (BRA). The best-placed BMW rider was Danilo Lewis (BRA / Tecfil Havoline Racing Team) in fourth. He missed out on the podium by less than a tenth of a second. Behind him were BMW riders Joelsu “Mitiko” (BRA / Picoloko/Suel Racing) and Rodrigo Dazzi (BRA / Zitto MotorSport) in fifth and sixth.

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