MUNICH, 04-Jul-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — At the weekend, the BMW Motorrad Motorsport racers and the BMW experts have been in action in Great Britain, Croatia and Italy. At Britain’s Snetterton, the BMW riders in the British Superbike Championship (BSB) took to the track with success. The weekend saw important results for Peter Hickman (GBR) in the Superbike class and a podium finish for Michael Rutter (GBR) in the Superstock class. In Grobnik in Croatia, David Božič (SLO) and Michal Prášek (CZE) stepped onto the Alpe Adria Road Racing Championship (AARR) rostrum. In addition, the third round of the Italian Superbike Championship (CIV) was held at Mugello (ITA) at the weekend.
British Superbike Championship in Snetterton, Great Britian.
Snetterton Circuit (GBR) in Norfolk was the venue for the fifth round of the 2017 British Superbike Championship (BSB) at the weekend. The BMW riders once more claimed important results both in the Superbike and the Superstock classes. Peter Hickman (GBR) finished the two races in the Superbike class (BSB SBK) in seventh and sixth position. With these results, the Smiths Racing rider was promoted into the all-important top-6 of the overall riders’ standings who will take part in the “Showdown” for the title at the end of the season. His team-mate Lee Jackson (GBR) finished both races in 13th. Jakub Smrz (CZE / Lloyd & Jones PR Racing BMW) also scored points, being 12th in race two.
Peter Hickman: “It hasn’t been a bad weekend and if you forget the race positions, one of the major things to come out of the weekend is that we’ve made major improvements to the bike and have learnt an awful lot which should stand us in good stead in the forthcoming rounds. The bike felt a lot more planted and I was really hopeful of a better showing in race two so it was a shame I got duffed up a bit. I made a good start but got pushed wide twice and lost my rhythm which made it tough but I kept pushing until the end and to be back in the top six is pleasing. The team has done a mega job all weekend and we’re looking forward now to pushing on even further.”
In the Tyco BMW team, two young riders gave their BSB Superbike debut at Snetterton: Andy Reid (GBR) and Josh Elliott (GBR). Rookie Reid is a new signing in the team and joins Christian Iddon (GBR) in the Superbike class. Elliott usually races for the squad in the Superstock class (BSB STK). Iddon, however, is still recovering from an arm injury suffered at the previous round in Knockhill (GBR) and beginning of the weekend, he and the team decided that he would sit out the races in order to give healing a little more time. So Elliott stepped up at short notice to the Superbike class where he stood in for Iddon. In race one, Elliott crossed the line in 15th, scoring his first BSB SBK point however he failed to finish race two. Reid was 17th and 18th respectively.
Joshua Elliott: “I came to Snetterton expecting to ride the Superstock bike, then the team offered me a last minute opportunity to deputise for Christian on the Superbike. I’m really happy how the weekend went and to come away having scored points on my debut is quite satisfying. I am very thankful to the whole Tyco BMW team for all their help this weekend and for this opportunity.”
In the Superstock class (BSB STK) race, Michael Rutter (GBR / Bathams SMT Racing) stepped back onto the podium again. The BMW S 1000 RR rider secured third place in the highly contested race. It was his third podium finish in the series this season. Chrissy Rouse (GBR / Mission Racing) crossed the line in fifth, immediately followed by Adam Jenkinson (GBR / Northern Escalator Installations) in sixth.
Alpe Adria Road Racing Championship in Grobnik, Croatia.
The Superstock class BMW teams and riders in the Alpe Adria Road Racing Championship (AARR STK) had travelled to Grobnik in Croatia at the weekend. They claimed two more podium finishes for the BMW S 1000 RR. In race one, David Božič (SLO / CARMAN MOTOSPORT) crossed the line in third. Michal Prášek (CZE / Rohac and Fejty motoracing Team) and Michal Fojtik (CZE / Exteria Racing Team) were fifth and ninth respectively. In the second heat, Prášek secured second place, while Božič and Fojtik finished in sixth and tenth places.
Italian Superbike Championship in Mugello, Italy.
The Tuscany hills formed the backdrop for the third round of the 2017 Italian Superbike Championship (CIV) at the weekend. Two races were held at the Mugello Circuit (ITA). In the first heat, four BMW S 1000 RR riders crossed the line in the top-10. Ivan Goi (ITA /DMR Racing) was sixth, followed by his team-mate Denni Schiavoni (ITA) in seventh. Matteo Ferrari (ITA), also in action for DMR Racing, finished eighth and Lorenzo Lanzi (ITA / Tutapista Corse) was tenth. In race two, Schiavoni was the highest placed BMW rider in eighth, Ferrari and Lanzi took the chequered flag behind him in ninth and tenth.
SOURCE: BMW Group