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Mar 25, 2019

Brazilian Superbike: Ant West Wins At Interlagos

Anthony West leads Alex Barros at Interlagos. Photo courtesy of antwest Racing.


Round 1 Interlagos, Brazil

The Kawasaki Racing Team Brasil and Anthony West arrived at the Interlagos Circuit outside Sao Paolo, Brazil on Thursday morning. Ant and the team had a full schedule of testing prepared but mother nature had other plans. Light rain fell from the sky all day and dampened the track—not wet enough for rain tires and no dry line for slick tires—the entire test program was scrapped. The testing would have to wait until Free Practice 1.

Friday would see the team struggling with various electronics issues that were upsetting the bike on corner entry and not allowing Ant to be able to relax and go as fast as he wanted. The team worked together to come up with electronic strategies and chassis settings that would allow Ant to extract all the performance out of the Pirelli control tires. The hard work of the crew and Ant’s riding abilities were rewarded on Saturday with a front row start in position three on the grid.

Sunday morning arrived with clear skies and warm temperatures. By the time the lights went out at the start of the race, the air and track temperatures were hotter than the team had experienced all weekend. Between the demanding track layout of the circuit at Interlagos, and the highest temperatures the team had seen all weekend, tire wear was on everyone’s mind. Ant was going to have to ride the bike without traction control and the team was never able to complete a race simulation on Friday or Saturday to check for tire life. Ant was able to get a great start and lead the field into turn one with Alex Barros right behind him. Polesitter Eric Granado had a problem off the line and pulled into the pits with a mechanical failure. That left just Ant and Barros to battle with each other over the entire race distance, swapping the lead multiple times while leaving the rest of the field in their wake. When the checkered flag flew, Ant crossed the stripe first with Barros alongside him.

Anthony West 13, P1

"That was fun. From not being sure if I was going to be able to race this year, to standing on the top of the podium in my first race in the Brazilian Superbike championship, I couldn’t be happier. We lost a whole day of testing to the weather, we struggled with electronic issues, setup issues, and I injured my foot on the farm back in Australia. We just kept working and steadily made the bike better. It feels great to win a race and I can’t wait for the next round of the championship."

Kawasaki Racing Team Brasil is operated by JC Racing. KRT Brasil is sponsored by: Steck, Castropil, Flip Racing Moto Parts

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More, from a press release issued by BMW Motorrad Motorsport:

Podium for the BMW S 1000 RR at Brazil season-opener – Second place for BMW racer Alex Barros.

First issue of 2019 BMW Motorrad Motorsport News.

Successful curtain raiser in the SuperBike Brasil.

Australian Superbike Championship in action at Wakefield Park.

The 2019 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy is in full swing. This season, a total of 26 championship classes in 21 racing series all around the world are counted towards the Race Trophy ranking. Week after week BMW riders and teams do battle for victories, titles and Race Trophy points in these championships. “BMW Motorrad Motorsport News” allows us to regularly summarise all the action for you in a compact and informative manner. This way, you are always up to speed.

SuperBike Brasil: Podium at the Interlagos season-opener.

The 2019 season in the SuperBike Brasil series (BR SBK) kicked off with podium success for the BMW Motorrad Motorsport family. Alex Barros (BRA) from the Alex Barros Racing team rode his BMW S 1000 RR to second place on the rostrum in the first race of the year. The Brazilian veteran had an exciting battle for the win with Australian Anthony West and crossed the line just 0.022 seconds behind the winner. Danilo Lewis (BRA) from the Tecfil Havoline Racing Team was the second best BMW rider, crossing the line in fifth place. Bruno Corano (BRA / BMW Motorrad MotorSport) and Diego Viveiros (BRA / Picoloko/PRT – Pitico Race Team) followed immediately behind in sixth and seventh respectively.

Australian Superbike Championship: Round two at Wakefield Park.

Four weeks after the curtain raiser at Phillip Island (AUS), the Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) held its second round of the 2019 season at Wakefield Park (AUS) at the weekend. There were two races scheduled for BMW S 1000 RR riders. Glenn Allerton (AUS) from the NextGen Motorsports/Maxima BMW team was the highest-placed BMW racer, finishing the two races in 15th and 11th positions. His team-mate Ted Collins (AUS) twice crossed the line in 16th place. Paul van der Heiden (RSA / Moto Adelaide) finished 21st on both occasions.