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Source: BMW GroupNorth West 200: Hickman clinches first international victory for the new RR.With the North West 200 in Coleraine, Northern Ireland, the first major event of the 2019 international road racing season was on the program this weekend. The race started with a historic victory for the BMW Racers: Peter Hickman (GBR) won the Superstock race on Thursday evening on the Smiths Racing Team’s new BMW S 1000 RR. It was a historic success: the first international victory for the new RR. Michael Dunlop (GBR / MD Racing) finished third and ensured another podium place for the BMW S 1000 RR. “BMW and the Smiths Racing Team have made it possible for us to win the first race with the new bike,” said Hickman. “I quickly made it to the top, and from then on I just gave everything and tried to move away. I felt really strong on the section along the coast road, and as soon as I took off, I controlled the race. “
For Saturday, three more races were scheduled in the 1000 cc categories, but bad weather with heavy rain made for difficult and dangerous conditions. Some riders decided not to take the risk in these treacherous road conditions and renounced the start or returned to the pits after a short time. Including Hickman and Dunlop. Now it was Davey Todd (GBR) of the Penz13.com team who secured a podium finish on his RR. Todd finished the Saturday race in the Superstock category in third place. In the first Superbike race, Bruce Birnie (GBR / Carnegie Fuels) was twelfth best BMW driver. The feature superbike race in the late afternoon was canceled by the race director for safety reasons. International German Motorcycle Championship: alpha Racing-Van-Zon-BMW dominates the opening round with the new RR. At the season opener 2019 of the International German Motorcycle Championship (IDM) at the Lausitzring (GER), the champion team of the past two years dominated: alpha Racing-Van-Zon -BMW, now in use with the new BMW S 1000 RR. In the first race, which was shortened to nine laps after a red flag, the team of team principal Werner Daemen won a sovereign double victory. Reigning champion Ilya Mikhalchik (UKR) crossed the finish line first on his new RR, followed by teammate Julian Puffe (GER) in second. In the second race Mikhalchik led again, but he then retired with a technical defect. Puffe took the lead and celebrated his first IDM Superbike victory with six seconds ahead of his pursuers. “You immediately saw how competitive our new bike is,” said Puffe. “The first race was a bit turbulent. After the demolition I was on it to Ilya, but then I interconnected and could only manage the second place. I was very lucky in the second race and Ilya was really unlucky, which I’m really sorry for. I would like to thank my team for their hard work and for being back in the forefront. “Dutchman Pepijn Bijsterbosch finished the two races in eighth and sixth. Jan Mohr (AUT) also secured a top 10 finish in race two in ninth place.
Canadian Superbike Championship: Ben Young wins first race of the season. The 2019 Canadian Superbike Championship (CSBK) season also started with a victory for the BMW racers. At the start in Shannonville (CAN), there was no way past Ben Young (CAN / Ben Young Racing). He secured the pole position on his BMW S 1000 RR and then celebrated a start-finish victory in the race. “It feels great,” said Young. “I had a very good start, but I knew throughout the race that my pursuers were behind me, so I really had to push. It’s great that BMW continues its winning streak in this championship this season too. I am honored to be a part of it. Now we all look forward to the second race in a few weeks. “Samuel Trepanier (CAN / Blysk Racing) finished fifth in the race. For Jeff Williams (CAN) and Ivan Babic (CAN) were the positions seven and eight to book.
BMW Motorrad BoxerCup: Successful premiere at the Lausitzring. As part of the IDM weekend at the Lausitzring (GER), the newly launched BMW Motorrad BoxerCup promoted by Wilbers celebrated a successful premiere. Already in qualifying, the pilots fought for hundredths of seconds on their identical BoxerCup bikes. This also continued in the qualifying sessions, and the races were characterized by thrilling position battles. Unbeatable were the two drivers of Team Wunderlich Motorsport. Chris Höfer (GER) prevailed in both races and thus celebrated a double victory in the Lausitz. Teammate Nate Kern (USA) finished second. Third place on the podium went to Marvin Jürgens (GER / Team Motorsport Burgdorf) both times. The next round of the BMW Motorrad BoxerCup will take place in Zolder, Belgium, in five weeks (21-23 June).
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