More titles for the BMW Motorrad Motorsport Family!
Munich. This week, we are celebrating more champions. Ivo Lopes secured the championship crown in the Spanish Superbike Championship after his earlier title win in Portugal. Luca Alessio is the champion in the Cup 1000 class of the Alpe Adria International Motorcycle Championship. In the British Superbike Championship, Alastair Seeley finished the season third on the championship podium in the Superstock class. The season in the new BMW Motorrad F 900 R Cup in Great Britain also came to an end, with Richard Cooper impressively clinching the title.
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The topics in this newsletter.
- ESBK: Ivo Lopes becomes Spanish champion for the second time.
- Alpe Adria Cup 1000: The 2023 champion is Luca Alessio.
- BSB: Alastair Seeley takes third place on the Superstock championship podium.
- BMW Motorrad F 900 R Cup: Richard Cooper becomes champion after a dominant season.
- ASBK: Glenn Allerton moves into third place in the championship standings.
- BR SBK: Maxi Gerardo takes the championship lead.
ESBK: Ivo Lopes becomes Spanish champion for the second time.
Ivo Lopes & easyRace BMW Team
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Ivo Lopes went into the penultimate season event of the Spanish Superbike Championship (ESBK) at Jerez de la Frontera with a match point – and he immediately capitalised on it. In Saturday’s race, the fourth-to-last race of the season, the BMW racer from the easyRace BMW Team secured the title. As a result, Lopes was crowned as the Spanish Superbike Champion for the second time, following his title win in 2021. Additionally, this season, the Portuguese rider is a double champion, as he also claimed the title in the Portuguese Superbike Championship in September. This accomplishment makes him a double champion - in two different national Superbike championships in the same year.
Lopes came to Jerez as the ESBK championship leader with such a lead that he could seal the deal in Saturday’s race. And he did just that. Starting from second place, he took the lead immediately with his BMW M 1000 RR. Although he dropped to third place during the race, Lopes stormed back to the front in the final corner, securing the win and the championship. In the second race on Sunday, he celebrated an uncontested victory, a true champion’s performance.
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“The first race unfolded differently than I had planned. I wanted to take the lead and build a significant gap,” Lopes explained after the race weekend. “I was fast and leading, but then Ramos and Gutierrez passed me. So, I entered the last lap in third place. Gutierrez wanted to win, but I positioned myself in the final corner to make a move if the two ahead made a mistake. That’s exactly what happened, and I won the race, securing the title. The second race went quite differently. I got a good start and had no pressure. I took the lead again and secured another win. The overwhelming feeling I have right now is gratitude for everything life gives me and everything I learn from it. I thank the team and everyone who supports me unconditionally.”
In the twelve races held in the Spanish Superbike Championship this season so far, Lopes achieved no fewer than seven victories. He also earned three second-place finishes and one third-place finish, putting him on the podium in eleven out of twelve races. He can further expand this record at the season finale from 16th to 19th November at Barcelona.
Alpe Adria Cup 1000: The 2023 champion is Luca Alessio.
In the Cup 1000 class of the Alpe Adria International Motorcycle Championship, the title for this season also went to a BMW racer. Luca Alessio secured the champion’s crown at the season finale at Grobnik in the first of the two concluding races. He clinched the title with a second-place finish. In the second race, the newly crowned champion once again finished in second place. Alessio, riding his BMW S 1000 RR, stood on the podium in eleven out of twelve races this season. He won twice, finished second seven-times, and took third place twice.
Alessio is the second BMW racer this season to secure a title in the Alpe Adria International Motorcycle Championship. Milan Pawelec had already been crowned the champion in the Superstock 1000 class in September.
BSB: Alastair Seeley takes third place on the Superstock championship podium.
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At the British Superbike Championship (BSB) season finale at Brands Hatch, Alastair Seeley from the SYNETIQ BMW Racing Team secured a place on the overall podium in the National Superstock Championship. Two races were held to close the season. In the first race, Seeley once again finished in second place on the podium, and in the second race, he took fourth place. That earned him third place in the overall championship standings. Seeley stood on the podium a total of nine times this season, with a record of one win, two second-place finishes, and six third-place finishes.
“It’s been a great season with the team,” Seeley said after the last race. “Once we found out feet with the package, we got stronger and more consistent as the season progressed. Only for those couple of rounds where I was taken off track, we might have been a little closer to really having a go at winning the championship. But all in all it’s been a strong season for myself, the team and the BMW M 1000 RR. I’d love to do it all again in 2024. Thanks to everyone for their support, none less than everyone in the team, at BMW Motorrad UK and all the team’s loyal band of sponsors. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.”
Leon Haslam & Josh Brookes
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19 podium finishes for the BMW M 1000 RR in the Superbike class.
In the Superbike class of the BSB, BMW racers secured 19 podium finishes for the BMW M 1000 RR this season. The highest-placed BMW rider in the championship standings was Leon Haslam from the ROKiT BMW Motorrad British Superbike Team. Haslam stood on the podium ten times this season, with four second-place finishes and six third-place finishes, earning him sixth place in the final standings.
Directly behind him, in seventh place overall, was Josh Brookes from the FHO BMW Racing Team. This season, Brookes secured two victories with the BMW M 1000 RR, at Silverstone and Oulton Park. He also claimed six more podium finishes (3 x P2 and 3 x P3). Luke Mossey (Tactix by Lloyd & Jones BMW) also earned a podium finish this season, coming in third place in the sprint race at the penultimate season event at Donington Park.
BMW Motorrad F 900 R Cup: Richard Cooper becomes champion after a dominant season.
The first champion in the ABK Beer 0% BMW Motorrad F 900 R Cup is Richard Cooper. The rider from the FHO BMW Racing Team dominated the inaugural season of the new one-make series held within the British Superbike Championship (BSB). Cooper proved unbeatable this season, winning all nine main events. Additionally, he often led the time sheets in other sessions. However, it wasn’t a walk in the park, as his main rival, Thomas Strudwick, was usually in close pursuit. In the end, Cooper secured the championship title with 235 points, while Strudwick finished second in the overall standings with 204 points. Mason Johnson claimed third place on the championship podium.
Cooper said: “It’s been a faultless year with the FHO BMW Racing Team in the BMW F 900 R Cup, winning every race, topping every session and setting lap records. I came into the championship with a target on my back, but I feel like we lived up to the challenge and I thoroughly enjoyed every single moment I rode that bike and it genuinely made me smile. I’d like to thank Faye Ho for the opportunity. The deal came about quite late, but we have proved that no matter how late you are, you can still make it count and we’re leaving Brands Hatch as champions, and that was the target we set ourselves.”
ASBK: Glenn Allerton moves into third place in the championship standings.
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After a three-month break, the 2023 season in the Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) resumed on the last weekend of October. The Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit hosted the penultimate round of the year. Two races took place on the spectacular race track, and with his results, BMW racer Glenn Allerton improved to third place in the championship standings.
In the first race on Sunday afternoon, Allerton finished in fourth place. In the second race in the afternoon, he took eighth place. These results earned him enough points to advance to the top three in the overall standings. “I’m a bit disappointed with our results and performance, but we’ve improved our position in the championship and are now in third place. Now onwards to The Bend and finishing the season strong,” Allerton said.
Ted Collins finished the two races at Phillip Island in eighth and tenth place. The season finale will take place from 1st to 3rd December at The Bend Motorsport Park near Adelaide.
BR SBK: Maxi Gerardo takes the championship lead.
A thrilling battle for the championship lead is underway at the top of the SuperBike Brasil series, with two BMW racers in the starring roles. At the eighth of a total of ten rounds this season at Goiânia, the leader changed. Maxi Gerardo (Team BMW Rider Experience) reclaimed the top spot and pushed the previous leader, Ramiro Gandola (AGEM/BMW Racing Team), into second place.
Gerardo finished the eighth race of the season in second place on the podium. Gandola did not make it to the podium for the first time this year, finishing in fourth place. Both riders were tied on points going into the weekend, but Gandola was leading with one more win to his name. That performance allowed Gerardo to take the lead. He now has an eight-point lead over Gandola. The last two season events in November at Cascavel and São Paulo promise to be extremely exciting.
In the Superbike EVO class, two BMW riders are currently topping the standings. Raphael Santos is in the lead, with Julio Fortunato in second place overall. Santos secured another victory in the EVO race in Goiânia, while Fortunato finished in second place.