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Old 09-30-2015, 05:12 AM
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Victories and podiums in four different championships: The BMW S 1000 RR

”winning streak s 1000rr”

This past weekend brought more success for the BMW S 1000 RR, with wins and podium finishes in four different championships. At the finale of the 2015 International German Championship SUPERBIKE*IDM (IDM), champion Markus Reiterberger (DE) took his 12th win of the season on his RR. The French European Bikes (FR EU) championship also drew to a close last weekend, with the BMW racers claiming five of six podium spots, including a brace of wins for Florian Brunet-Lugardon (FR) at the finale in Albi (FR). In the Brazilian Moto 1000 GP championship (MT1GP), Matthieu Lussiana is close to winning his second title in a row after securing a second place on the podium in Goiânia (BR). Meanwhile, the BMW road racers met at the iconic “Frohburger Dreieckrennen” (DE) and dominated the competitions in their classes.

SUPERBIKE*IDM in Hockenheim, Germany.

Markus Reiterberger (DE) had already celebrated an early title win at the penultimate round of the International German Championship SUPERBIKE*IDM (IDM) at the penultimate round in Assen (NL) in August. Last weekend saw the season finale at Hockenheim (DE), with champion Reiterberger wrapping up his season in style. On Saturday, the Van Zon-Remeha-BMW rider claimed pole-position on his BMW S 1000 RR with a clear advantage of 0.4 seconds over his closest rival. In Sunday’s exciting first race, he won a three-way-battle at the top to secure his 12th victory of the season. In race two, he stepped onto the podium again, finishing runner-up just 0.440 seconds behind winner Xavi Forés (ES). Out of the 16 races contested this season, Reiterberger won 12, finishing runner-up in the remaining four. The champion ended the year with 380 points, 76 more than his closest rival Forés. While “Reiti” secured the Riders’ title, BMW won the Constructors’ title with a total of 512 points. In the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy, Reiterberger is currently fourth (see full rankings below).

Gareth Jones (AU) finished the races in Hockenheim as second best BMW rider. He had joined the Wilbers-BMW-Racing-Team for the finale. Jones came home seventh overall and fourth in the Superbike class (IDM SBK) on both occasions. The regular Wilbers rider Matej Smrz (CZ) came home eighth and ninth (fifth and sixth in the Superbike class). Bastien Mackels (BE / Van Zon-Remeha-BMW) rolled into the pit lane and retired from race one. The Belgian then finished eighth in race two (fifth in the Superbike class).

Three BMW riders finished in the top ten of the Superstock class (IDM STK). Lucy Glöckner (DE / Wilbers-BMW-Racing-Team) was among the top ten Superstock riders in both races. She came home ninth and tenth in the class (14th and 18th overall). Pepijn Bijsterbosch (NL / Van Zon-Remeha-BMW) finished 11th and sixth in the Superstock class (17th and 12th overall). Michal Filla (CZ / BMW Sikora Motorsport) was 12th and eighth in the class (18th and 15th overall). Dominik Vincon (DE / BMW Stilgenbauer) suffered a broken collarbone when crashing in the first race. The whole BMW Motorrad Motorsport community wishes him a speedy recovery.

”winning streak s 1000rr”

French Superbike Championship in Albi, France.

The Circuit d’Albi in south-western France hosted the season finale of both the French Superbike Championship (FSBK) and the French European Bikes Championship (FR EU) last weekend. In the FSBK, BMW riders Nicolas Pouhair (FR / MSC Courneuvien 93) and Emeric Jonchière (FR / ERT BMW Motorrad Club France) added to their points tallies. Pouhair, who competes in the EVO class (FSBK SBK), finished sixth and eighth in this category (12th and 13th overall). He ended the season as the seventh-best EVO rider in the overall standings. Jonchière came home seventh and eighth in the Superstock class (FSBK STK) (13th and 16th overall) and ended the season fourth in the championship.

In FR EU, BMW racers claimed five of six possible podium finishes, and in both races no less than eight BMW S 1000 RRs finished within the top-ten. Race one even produced a one-two-three for the RR: Florian Brunet-Lugardon (FR / Gers Moto Vitesse Ordannaise) won in front of Benjamin Colliaux (FR / Team CMS – R2T) and his brother and team-mate Cyril Brunet-Lugardon (FR). Julien Brun (FR / Team JB Racing) came home fifth. Michael Amalric (FR) and his GD Performance team-mate Florian Drouin (FR) were sixth and seventh. Madjid Idres (FR / ERT BMW Motorrad Club France) and fellow BMW rider Frederic Pecoraro (FR) completed the top ten in ninth and tenth respectively.

Florian Brunet-Lugardon also won the second race, with his brother Cyril stepping onto the podium in third again. Also the five places just outside the podium went to BMW racers. Brun was fourth, followed by Colliaux in fifth. Amalric again crossed the finish line sixth, ahead of Idres in seventh. Eighth place went to Léon Benichou (FR / RMS), while Drouin came home tenth to claim the final top-ten spot. Florian Brunet-Lugardon finished the season second overall with 248 points, just nine points behind champion Thierry Mulot (FR). Cyril Brunet-Lugardon was third overall with 204 points. In the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy, Florian Brunet-Lugardon improved to fifth place.

Moto 1000 GP in Goiânia, Brazil.

In the Brazilian Moto 1000 GP series (MT1GP), BMW racer Matthieu Lussiana (FR) is close to successfully defending his title. The sixth round of the championship was held at Goiânia (BR) last weekend. Lussiana finished the race in second place on the podium with his BMW S 1000 RR from the BMW Motorrad Petronas Racing team. With two more races to go, Lussiana leads the Riders’ rankings for the GP class (MT1GP STK GP) with 149 points and an advantage of 43 points over his closest rival. As a result, he can claim an early title win at the next and penultimate round in October. In the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy, Lussiana has climbed to third place. In the GP Light (MT1GP STK LT) race, Márcio Pereira (BR / MS Racing Team) finished 11th on his RR, while Luciano Donato (BR / BMW Motorrad Petronas Racing) came home 14th.

“Frohburger Dreieckrennen” in Frohburg, Germany.

The iconic “Frohburger Dreieckrennen“ in Saxony is a highlight in the road racing calendar. The event was held for the 53rd time this year. German team principal Rico Penzkofer formed a real high quality squad from British road racing stars to take part in Frohburg (DE), with Lee Johnston (GB), Michael Rutter (GB) and Gary Johnson (GB) competing on the Penz13.com BMW Motorrad team’s BMW S 1000 RRs. They joined their fellow BMW riders from the International Road Racing Championship (IRRC), which saw its season finale held at the Frohburg event. In all the races they contested, the BMW riders dominated the field.

The first race of the “IRRC Superbike” class was won by BMW rider Johan Fredriks (NL). Sébastien le Grelle (BE), who was crowned IRRC champion at the penultimate round, was runner-up, while third place went to Rutter. Gary Johnson, Lee Johnston, Didier Grams (DE) and Matti Seidel (DE) occupied positions four to seven on their RRs. In race two, Lee Johnston triumphed, ahead of Rutter. Champion le Grelle was third this time, followed by Fredriks, Grams and Seidel. BMW enjoyed a similarly successful weekend in the “Open Superbike – Superstock 1000 – Freestyle” class. Positions one to five all went to RR riders in race one. Fredriks won, followed by Grams, Rico Löwe (DE), Seidel and Lee Johnston. In race two, the RR achieved a top-seven lock-out: winner Grams was followed over the line by Fredriks, Gary Johnson, Löwe, Lee Johnston, Seidel and Rutter.
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