Markus Reiterberger is the new leader of the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy – Privateer BMW Motorrad team Penz13.com writes history in the Endurance World Championship.
Markus Reiterberger and Bastien Mackels celebrate Superstock win with Penz13.com at the “8 Hours of Oschersleben” – Another double podium for Lance Isaacs in South Africa.
Munich, 27th August 2014. The BMW Motorrad Race Trophy has a new leader again: with a successful outing in the FIM Endurance World Championship (EWC), young German Markus Reiterberger stormed to the top of the rankings. Reiterberger and his SUPERBIKE*IDM team mate Bastien Mackels (BE) joined the Penz13.com team for the “8 Hours of Oschersleben” (DE) last weekend. Supported by the experts from BMW Motorrad Motorsport, they claimed a historic pole-position and took the Superstock win with the #13 BMW S 1000 RR. Also in the FIM Sidecar World Championship (SWC), the South African Motorcycle Championship (SAM) and the British Superbike Championship (BSB), privateer BMW Motorrad riders claimed podium positions this weekend.
BMW Motorrad Race Trophy: Reiterberger storms into the lead.
For the eighth time now, the lead in the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy has changed: Markus Reiterberger is the new man at the top of the rankings. Reiterberger and Bastien Mackels, both regular riders in the International German Motorcycle Championship (SUPERBIKE*IDM) with team Van Zon Remeha BMW, raced in the FIM Endurance World Championship (EWC) last weekend. They joined the Penz13.com Franks Autowelt Racing Team for the “8 Hours of Oschersleben”. By taking a stunning outright pole-position and the win in the Superstock class, Reiterberger and Mackels also had a huge points haul for the Race Trophy. Reiterberger stormed into the lead with 203.75 points to his tally. He is the seventh privateer BMW Motorrad rider to be at the top of the Race Trophy. Mackels improved to fourth on 174.00 points.
Former leader Michael Dunlop (199.38 / Isle of Man Tourist Trophy and BSB) is now second, while SUPERBIKE*IDM rider Marco Nekvasil (AT / 174.50) currently sits in third. As early as next week, the situation in the top positions of the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy rankings could completely change again, as the French Superbike Championship (FSBK) will hold its next round, as well as the Brazilian Superbike Championship (BRSBK).
FIM Endurance World Championship at Oschersleben.
The “8 Hours of Oschersleben” marked the third round of the 2014 Endurance World Championship. The endurance race was part of the “German Speedweek”, held at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben. The Penz13.com team's team principal Rico Penzkofer (DE) competes in the Superstock category of the EWC. For its home race, it joined forces with the SUPERBIKE*IDM squad of Van Zon Remeha BMW, whose team manager Werner Daemen (BE) rode for Penzkofer’s endurance team during his active career. In preparation for the weekend and at the track they were supported by the specialists from BMW Motorrad Motorsport. Reiterberger and Mackels shared duties on the #13 BMW S 1000 RR with Pedro Vallcaneras of Spain.
The trio was meant to write history at Oschersleben: in Friday’s qualifying, they stormed to a sensational outright pole-position, being faster than all the competitors from the higher Superbike class. This was the first-ever pole-position by a Superstock bike in the history of the Endurance World Championship. In Saturday’s race, the Penz13.com team repeated its home win from last season: After eight hours with unpredictable weather, rain and difficult conditions, Reiterberger, Mackels and Vallcanareas took victory in the Superstock class. In the overall race classification, they claimed a strong fourth.
British Superbike Championship at Cadwell Park.
Cadwell Park (GB) hosted round eight of the 2014 British Superbike Championship (BSB) this weekend. The two races were held on Monday, which was a bank holiday in England. After celebrating a double-victory two weeks ago at Oulton Park (GB) with his BMW S 1000 RR, this time Lady Luck was not on Ryuichi Kiyonari’s (JP) side. The Buildbase BMW Motorrad rider had to accept two DNFs. In race one, he was in the lead, when a technical issue with the ignition forced him to retire. This issue was quickly fixed for race two. But again Kiyonari was not meant to see the chequered flag as he crashed in wet and difficult conditions. His team-mate James Westmoreland (GB) was 11th in race one, but also retired in race two. Patric Muff (CH / Batham’s Prize Winning Ales) finished 14th and 13th respectively, while his team-mate Michael Rutter (GB) crossed the line in 19th and tenth.
However, despite not finishing either of Monday’s races, Kiyonari secured a guaranteed spot in the 2014 British Superbikes Showdown, which starts after the ninth round of the season. The top six riders in the championship then become the “Title Fighters” for the final three events. A special showdown points system applies for these six riders to make sure the title race will be exciting up to the very last round.
In the race for the Superstock class, Lee Jackson (GB) claimed another podium with his RR from Buildbase BMW Motorrad by finishing third. Hudson Kennaugh (ZA / Linxcel Moto Racing) was fifth.
South African Motorcycle Championship at Durban.
After a long break, the 2014 South African Motorcycle Championship (SAM) resumed this weekend with round five of the season at Durban (ZA). In the highest category, the SuperGP class, privateer BMW Motorrad rider Lance Isaacs (ZA) continued his streak of podium finishes. He rode to second in the first race, which had to be red-flagged and re-started after lap one. In race two, he finished third on his BMW S 1000 RR, entered by Black Swan Racing. As a result, Isaacs collected valuable Race Trophy points and improved from 14th to ninth in the rankings. His new team-mate Brent Harran (ZA), who joined the team recently, had a turbulent debut on the RR. In race one, he crashed before the red flag came out. He had to re-start from the pits and fought his way up to finish a strong fourth. Unfortunately, the crash resulted in an issue with the front braking system, which prevented him from starting in race two. In the Super M class, Janine Davies (ZA) put in a strong fight-back in both races. From the back of the field, she worked her way up to ninth and eighth respectively.
FIM Sidecar World Championship at Oschersleben.
The “German Speedweek” at Oschersleben also was the stage for the seventh round of the 2014 FIM Sidecar World Championship (SWC). This weekend, two races were held: a 12-lap sprint race on Saturday and a 21-lap race on Sunday. Privateer BMW Motorrad duo Uwe Gürck (DE) and Manfred Wechselberger (AT) stepped onto the podium on Saturday by crossing the line in third. On Sunday, they encountered some tyre problems and finished fourth. With these results, Gürck also collected points for the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy.
2014 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy – Current Standings.
Status: 27th August 2014
|1||Markus Reiterberger (DE)||IDM, EWC||203,75|
|2||Michael Dunlop (GB)||IOMTT, BSB||199,38|
|3||Marco Nekvasil (AT)||IDM||174,50|
|4||Bastien Mackels (BE)||IDM, EWC||174,00|
|5||Jordan Szoke (CA)||CSBK||153,50|
|6||Cyril Brunet-Lugardon (FR)||FSBK||143,00|
|7||Emilien Jaillet (FR)||FSBK||143,00|
|8||Lucy Glöckner (DE)||IDM||141,00|
|9||Lance Isaacs (ZA)||SAM||129,75|
|10||Ivan Silva Alberola (ES)||CEV||129,00|
|11||Laurent Aymonin (FR)||FSBK||127,00|
|12||Lee Jackson (GB)||BSB||125,00|
|13||Dominik Vincon (DE)||IDM||110,25|
|12||Lee Jackson (GB)||BSB||109,00|
|14||Alessandro Polita (IT)||CIV||105,00|
16. Daniel Rivas Fernandes (ES/CEV/101,00), 17. Michel Amalric (FR/FSBK/100,00), 18. Matthieu Lussiana (FR/BRSBK/99,50), 19. Michael Rutter (GB/IOMTT/BSB/96,33), 20. Leon Bovee (NL/IDM/95,25), 21. Ryuichi Kiyonari (JP/BSB/93,00), 22. Gianluca Vizziello (IT/CIV/90,00), 23. Andy Rey (FR/FSBK/82,00), 24. Uwe Gürck (DE/SWC/81,72), 25. Eeki Kuparinen (FI/CEV/80,00), 26. Federico D‘Annunzio (IT/WSTK/78,00), 27. Febrizio Perotti (IT/CIV/75,00), 28. Alessio Corradi (IT/CIV/73,75), 29. Stefan Nebel (DE/IDM/73,50), 30. Hudson Kennaugh (ZA/BSB/73,00), 31. Marc Neumann (DE/IDM/70,50), 32. Denni Schiavoni (IT/CIV/68,75), 33. Janine Davies (ZA/SAM/67,50), 34. Björn Stuppi (DE/EWC/61,95), 35. Hayato Takada (JP/EWC/MFJ/61,95), 36. Thomas Hainthaler (DE/IDM/60,00), 37. Marco Muzio (IT/CIV/55,00), 38. Mark Albrecht (DE/IDM/51,00), 39. Florian Drouin (FR/FSBK/48,00), 40. Jean Foray (FR/FSBK/45,00), 41. Florian Brunet-Lugardon (FR/FSBK/41,00), 42. Marco Sousa (CA/CSBK/41,00), 43. Jörg Steinhausen (DE/SWC/40,80), 44. Nicolas Pouhair (FR/FSBK/36,00), 45. Daisaku Sakai (JP/MFJ/EWC/34,73), 46. Sergiy Grygorovych (UA/IDM/30,00), 47. Robert Muresan (RO/WSTK/30,00), 48. Kohji Teramoto (JP/MFJ/EWC/28,96), 49. Lucas Barros (BR/BRSBK/27,00), 50. James Westmoreland (GB/BSB/22,00), 51. Patric Muff (CH/BSB/19,33), 52. Camille Hedelin (FR/FSBK/18,00), 53. Lucas Teodoro (BR/BRSBK/18,00), 54. Tim Robinson (CA/CSBK/17,50), 55. Luciano Ribodino (AR/BRSBK/16,50), 56. Alessio Velini (IT/CIV/15,00), 57. Shinya Takeishi (JP/MFJ/EWC/10,73), 58. Imre Toth (HU/WSBK/6,50), 59. David Datzer (DE/IDM/6,00), 60. Rémi Boitel (FR/FSBK/6,00), 61. Martjin Polinder (DK/IDM/3,00), 62. Peter Sebestyen (HU/WSBK/3,00), 63. Filip Altendorfer (DE/EWC/2,45), 63. Florian Bauer (DE/EWC/2,45), 63. Rico Löwe (DE/EWC/2,45), 66. Didier Grams (DE/Macau Grand Prix/0,00)
It is still possible to register for the 2014 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy on the websitewww.bmw-motorrad.de/motorsport. The deadline for registrations for the current season is not until 2nd November 2014, entry is free. Regardless of when the registrations are received, each participant will receive points for all the race events he/she has competed in since the start of the scoring period on 15th February 2014. So the ranking can also continuously change as new participants are added.
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More, from a press release issued by Gavin Hunt's publicist:
More points for Hunt at Cadwell
Manxman Gavin Hunt finished inside the points of the Pirelli National Superstock 1000cc Championship for the fourth meeting in a row when the Northern Escalator Kawasaki rider took a hard fought 15th place at Cadwell Park on Bank Holiday Monday.
Riding at the demanding Lincolnshire venue for the first time in four years, Hunt had a lot of work to do during practice and qualifying to ensure he was on the pace around the narrow, woodland circuit but he did just that and made steady progress throughout. 17th in the opening qualifying session, the 27-year old went six-tenths of a second quicker in the final session to move up to 15th and the fifth row of the grid. He was also only 0.4s adrift of eighth place.
A solid start to the 15-lap race saw Gavin move up a position at the end of the first lap and a lap later he was up to 13th place and part of a big group of riders battling for ninth position. However, on the sixth lap, Gavin slipped back to 15th place and there was now just two and half seconds separating a group of ten riders from ninth to 17th. Any hopes Gavin had of moving up the leaderboard in the final third of the race were dashed though when the race was stopped early on the tenth lap when Tom Tunstall crashed at the top of the Mountain.
Subsequently, Gavin was given 15th place which meant he picked up a solitary point and it now moves him on to a season’s total of 29 to remain in 12th overall in the Championship table.
Gavin Hunt: “It was my first time at Cadwell in four years and I was my own worst enemy as I kept making changes to the bike to try and improve it when I should have just got out there and ridden it. I went half a second quicker in second qualifying which moved me up a couple of places but I should have been higher as my ideal lap was a second quicker than what I actually did. If I’d have done that I’d have had a better start position than the fifth row.”
“I got a relatively decent start and was part of a group battling for ninth place all the way through the race but it just wasn’t the greatest of races for me. I missed a gear at Mansfield which allowed Jesse Trayler and Josh Day to get by and drop me back down to 15th and with the race being stopped early that’s where I ended up. If it had gone full race distance, I could have moved forward again but I had to accept 15th and a solitary point. It’s not the result I wanted but at least it was another point and kept me in 12th place overall in the Championship.”
The next round of the series takes place at Silverstone, alongside the MotoGP World Championship races, on August 29-31.
Pirelli National Superstock 1000cc Championship – 10 laps
1 Danny Buchan (Kawasaki)
2 Jason O’Halloran (Honda)
3 Lee Jackson (BMW)
4 Adam Jenkinson (Kawasaki
5 Hudson Kennaugh (BMW)
6 Joe Burns (Kawasaki)
15 Gavin Hunt (Northern Escalator Kawasaki)
Championship Points (after eight rounds)
1 Buchan 190pts
2 O’Halloran 142
3 Jackson 120
4 Backlund 88
5 Jenkinson 66
6 Kennaugh 60
12 Hunt 29
More, from a press release issued by Team WD-40:
The Pleasure and Pain of Cadwell Park
Sheffield’s Team WD-40 by GR Motosport Ltd had great aspirations for Cadwell Park, with the launch of the Limited edition can of WD-40 Multi-Use Product and the results we had in 2013. The weekend turned in to a huge wave of highs and lows:- the high of launching the can to the media and the fantastic BSB fans and the Lows of 2 riders crashing 1 with injury.
The Limited edition can was always to be a focal point of the event featuring action shots of Team WD-40 riders past and Present its impact with the fans was fantastic. We have a great picture of Tommy Aquino’s wheelie on the front and all action Tarran Mackenzie on the rear with information on how to follow the Team in the MCE British Superbike Championship (BSB). We were delighted that Tom Aquino decided to fly in from California to join us for the event, Tom could not be at any of the races last year to see Tommy in action and really wanted to see Cadwell Park and be a part of BSB. Tommy’s long time leathers sponsor Cortech made Barry Burrell a fantastic one off pair of boots for the occasion something we have to thank Mark Gandy and Dan Thomas of helmet house very much for their continued support. We also have to thank Stuart Higgs and the MSVR Team for their full support at the event!
The Limited edition can is now on general sale and available in all good retailers throughout the UK from its eye catching display units, again featuring Team WD-40. To further promote Team WD-40, every limited edition WD-40 can sold will also receive a free Team WD-40 window sticker to help support the team during the rest of the season.
The racing at Cadwell hit another low point for the Team, the first casualty was young Taz Mackenzie who fell in first practice on the very fast Charlie’s in breaking his left thumb and initially putting him out of the meeting. Barry crashed out of the first superbike race damaging the ZX-10R badly enough that it could not be fixed at the circuit. Ben Young suffered all weekend with a flu virus and even after many visits to the med centre could not shake of its effects.
STK 600:- After a night’s Sleep Taz decided to try to ride in the last qualifying his first challenge passing fit to do so, The BSB medical team gave him a good looking over and passed him fit enough to ride. Taz did a great job putting the Team WD-40 ZX6 on the grid although in a lowly 29th place. Another night’s sleep with strapping and pain killers and he was ready to race and what a brilliant job he did. Launching off the line by the end of the first lap he was up to 12 place and pushing hard towards 8th then he started to slow with initial thoughts being the pain had got the better of him – unfortunately he had to pull out of the race with a problem with his own equipment which made it impossible to continue.
Tarran Mackenzie:- “ the team had built me a new engine, fixing a gear change problem I had had and it felt fantastic, something went wrong in the first corner in free practice and I crashed breaking my thumb. We all thought that was it for me but watching my Team Mark and Gary rebuilding the bike I started to wonder if I could ride. I went to see the medics who said I could race so then everything went flat out. My start was good and I just seemed comfortable passing loads on the first lap, I settled in for the battle and was looking at a good top ten when I had a problem and was forced out, The Team and little bike have been brilliant again and I am looking forward to the next race at Donington!”
STK 1000:- Ben’s season continues to make improvement but again thwarted by something outside his control, being stuck by a flu virus he made every effort to do a good job under difficult circumstances. Starting in the low order of the grid with streaming eyes and nose Ben pushed as hard as he could at the time to bring his ZX10 home. and now looking forward to his next race at the British GP this weekend at Silverstone.
Ben Young:- “I didn’t have the best start to my weekend with a illness but we tried our best to save all my energy for race day. It sucks for a red flag to come out and cut the race short but it helped me out with not having to run full race distance. We have a busy few weeks ahead so it was good to start it off with a decent weekend and roll on forward with the positive momentum”
Superbike:- Barry was finally back to full fitness and it showed throughout dry practice and qualifying sitting as high as 4th in free practice. Qualifying was a fantastic effort with him taking 11th place and just missing the cut for Q3 by 1/1000th – The first race started in every teams worst ideas of weather it just could not make its mind up on rain or not. Barry in his own admission is not at his best in these conditions, but making a good start he got boxed in and held back he started to regain ground into the points on lap 9 but crashed out as rain fell badly damaging his ZX10
Barry Burrell:- “I had good pace all weekend getting faster and further up each session, and we found some new settings on the bike that will help at the remaining tracks. I pushed too hard in Q2 just missing out on getting into Q3. The weather in race 1 was drizzling a little and I had a messy couple of laps dropping back. When I pulled my finger out and made a few places I was catching people and just pushed too hard into turn 3 and tucked the front. Positive weekend again for our pace and ill be pushing for two top 5’s at Donington”
Brent Gladwin Team WD-40’s manager, said: “We taken back by the fantastic worldwide reaction to the ‘Limited Edition Can’ from WD-40 even though it is for the UK market. We are so proud to be part of it and really enjoying the feedback we are getting. Picking Tom Aquino up at Manchester airport was quite emotional on holding the can for the first time in real life, he loved the way we had chosen a picture of Tommy for the front of the can as you can see from the all smiles picture attached. Mark from Cortech Leathers responded to a request of support for Barry, was a fantastic pair of handmade Cortech boots befitting the occasion which we have to say a huge thanks for to him and Dan who designed them. The racing was simply a disaster this weekend as far a results go. My team are just fantastic they all work extremely hard and the results show this, we just need a little luck and constancy over the last few races to show our full potential. I would like to say a special thanks to Sam and Clare who really looked after our VIP Guests over the weekend in all that horrible weather the food and service was great.
Next race this weekend is for Ben in STK 1000 as a support race of the MotoGP, we are looking forward to it as Jon Cornwell from Ohlins Canada is flying in specially to look after him. so a big effort to grab those elusive points”
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More, from a press release issued by Alex Cudlin's publicist:
Alex Cudlin and QMMF finishes 2nd in Germany
Australia’s four-time Qatari Superbike Champion Alex Cudlin and his QMMF Kawasaki ZX-10R teammates Anthony West and Qatar’s Mashel Al Naimi came within a heartbreaking 10 seconds of victory during round two of the World Endurance Superstock Cup at the 8 Hours of Oschersleben in Germany over 21-23 August, finishing second in class.
QMMF Moto2 rider West started the race and took the lead early on after battling with main competitors Penz13.com BMW. West and Cudlin completed back-to-back stints and built up a sizeable advantage by the six hour mark but unfortunately lost the lead during a brief rain shower which caused havoc with pit stops and race strategy. The team eventually went from one lap in front to a lap behind, and it was action stations for the final two hours as West and Cudlin battled hard to get back into winning contention.
In the end, the team came up an agonising 10 seconds off the winning Superstock entry of Penz13.com. Third went to the Junior Team LMS Suzuki outfit of Baptiste Guittet, Etienne Masson and Gregg Black who also kept their lead in the Superstock Championship standings.
Alex Cudlin: “These races are always tough but to lose by such a small margin after eight hours of flat out racing is always hard to take, but that’s racing. If we had an extra five laps we would have been able to catch the Penz team. I felt good on the bike all weekend and the team did a great job as usual. The bike never missed a beat all race but I think the result will make us that much hungrier to finish the year on a good note at Le Mans 24 Hour in a few weeks’ time.”