- Pekka Päivärinta and Kirsi Kainulainen were victorious at the Pannonia-Ring and took the overall lead in the SWC – Jordan Szoke celebrated another double win in the Canadian Superbike Championship – The BMW S 1000 RR also keeps a clear championship lead in the Superstock class of the British Superbike Championship.
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With their victory in the FIM Sidecar World Championship (SWC), Finnish BMW duo Pekka Päivärinta and Kirsi Kainulainen wrote history: Kainulainen is the first women ever to take a win in a world championship road race. In Canada, reigning champion Jordan Szoke (CA) remains unbeaten. The BMW S 1000 RR rider also won both races of the Canadian Superbike Championship (CSBK) in St. Eustache (CA). Fellow BMW racer Ben Young (GB) joined him on the podium on both occasions. In the Superstock class of the British Superbike Championship (BSB STK) three BMW riders crossed the line in the top four, and Taylor MacKenzie (GB) continues to lead the championship with a clear advantage.
2016 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy.
The last weekend again brought a lot of movement in the top six of the 2016 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy. The classification is still led by Michal Prášek (CZ / AARR STK) with 262.00 Race Trophy points. Isle of Man winner Ian Hutchinson (GB / BMW RRC) holds second with 198.50 points. New in third place are the Finnish sidecar racers Pekka Päivärinta and Kirsi Kainulainen with 189.19 points. Courtesy of a win and a second place at the Pannonia-Ring (HU), they made an impressive jump from 21st place into the top three. Raffaele De Rosa (IT / STK1000) follows in fourth, Taylor MacKenzie (GB / BSB STK) improved to fifth and Jordan Szoke (CA / CSBK) climbed from 42nd up to sixth position (see full standings below).
FIM Sidecar World Championship at the Pannonia-Ring, Hungary.
The fans at the Hungarian Pannonia-Ring witnessed an historic moment last weekend. At the third round of the 2016 FIM Sidecar World Championship (SWC), Finnish BMW duo Pekka Päivärinta and Kirsi Kainulainen (44-Racing) celebrated victory in Saturday’s sprint race. This was a special success, as Kainulainen was the first woman ever to take a win in a world championship road race. In Sunday’s gold race, the BMW duo finished second on the podium. With their results from the Hungarian weekend, they took the overall lead in the world championship classification with 101 points and an advantage of 18 points over their closest rival. In the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy, the “Flying Finns” improved from 21st to third place.
The German pairing of Mike Roscher and Anna Burkard (Roscher-Burkard Penz13 Racing) finished the two races in a strong fourth and sixth. The Pannonia-Ring was the halfway mark of the 2016 season, with now three race weekends being completed and three more to go. After a summer break, the action will resume in Assen (NL) in early August.
British Superbike Championship in Knockhill, Great Britain.
Knockhill (GB) in Scotland hosted the fourth round of the 2016 British Superbike Championship (BSB) last weekend. The BMW teams and the BMW Motorrad Motorsport experts had to deal with tricky conditions, especially in Sunday’s second Superbike race, when it was raining and many riders struggled with vision problems as their helmets were misting up.
Best placed BMW racer in the Superbike class (BSB SBK) was Richard Cooper (GB / Buildbase BMW Motorrad), who finished the races in sixth and seventh. Michael Laverty (GB / Tyco BMW Motorrad Racing) was eighth in the first encounter, but had to settle with 13th in the wet second race. Top ten results were also claimed by Howie Mainwaring Smart (GB / Smiths Racing BMW) and Christian Iddon (GB / Tyco BMW Motorrad Racing) who were ninth and tenth respectively in race two.
In the Superstock class (BSB STK), three BMW riders crossed the line in the first four places. Taylor MacKenzie (GB / Buildbase BMW Motorrad) took the win. He, however, was given a three place penalty afterwards for overtaking under yellow flags and an unsafe manoeuvre, so was classified fourth. Second place on the podium went to Ian Hutchinson (GB / Tyco BMW Motorrad Racing) who once more proved that he is strong on the BMW S 1000 RR in road racing as well as on circuits. Michael Rutter (GB / Bathams SMT) took third place in the final result. Three more BMW riders finished the race in the top ten: Barry Teasdale (GB / Green Chem / Bob Henderson Racing) was sixth, Joshua Elliott (GB / Tyco BMW Motorrad Racing) seventh and Leon Jeacock (GB / Geo E Davies Racing) came home in tenth. In the championship standings, MacKenzie remains in the lead with 108 points and an advantage of 35 points.
Canadian Superbike Championship in St. Eustache, Canada.
Canadian BMW racer Jordan Szoke (CA) continues his impressive winning streak in the Canadian Superbike Championship (CSBK). After winning the opening race of the 2016 season in Shannonville (CA), the Mopar Express Lane BMW Superbike Team rider also celebrated the victories in the second and the third races of the year, held at St. Eustache (CA) last weekend. Including last season, when he had a clean sweep with seven wins in seven races, Szoke has now won ten races in a row on his BMW S 1000 RR. In the championship standings, he extended his lead to 162 points with an advantage of 33 points. With his latest double win, Szoke also improved from 42nd to sixth place in the 2016 BMW Motorrad Race Trophy.
There was more reason to celebrate for the BWM Motorrad Motorsport community in St. Eustache, as Ben Young (GB / Ben Young Racing) also raced onto the podium on his BMW S 1000 RR in both heats, finishing third on both occasions. The strong result for the BMW riders was completed by Michael Leon (CA / Royal Distributing Racing Team), who was fifth in both races, and Samuel Trépanier (CA), who claimed two eighth places.
MFJ Superbike All Japan Road Race Championship in Sugo, Japan.
The MFJ Superbike All Japan Road Racing Championship (MFJ) visited Sugo (JP) last weekend to contest the “Sugo 120 Miles” endurance race. The teams could compete with either one or two riders on their bikes. Daisaku Sakai (JP / Rosetta Motorrad39) was the best-placed BMW racer in the strong field that included factory teams from the Japanese manufacturers. He was 11th on his BMW S 1000 RR. Team Tras 135HP rider Yuta Kodama (JP) shared duties on the number 135 RR with the current leader of the Superbike IDM (IDM), Mathieu Gines (FR), who made a guest appearance in Japan. The duo ended the race in 13th position. Shinya Takeishi and Gun Nakamoto (both JP / SYNCEDGE 4413 Racing) were 16th and the Rosetta Motorrad39 KOREA team came home 18th with riders Lim Ho Gon (KR) and Tomoya Hoshino (JP).
MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Series in Salt Lake City, USA .
The seventh round of the 2016 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Series (AMA) was held at Salt Lake City (US) last weekend. BMW rider Steve Rapp (US / Scheibe Racing) finished the two races in 16th and 15th.