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Source: BMW Group Estoril. After the third race weekend of the 2022 FIM Superbike World Championship in Estoril (POR), BMW Motorrad Motorsport’s sporting record is mixed. Scott Redding (GBR) from the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team rode to a strong fourth place in Superpole and finished the races in positions eight, seven and eleven. His teammate Michael van der Mark (NED) fell on Friday and fractured his right femur. The Bonovo action BMW Racing Team secured victory in the independent classification on Saturday with Loris Baz (FRA). However, Sunday did not go as planned for Baz and teammate Eugene Laverty (IRL). A key topic at Estoril, alongside the racing events on the track, was the 50th birthday of partner BMW M. The weekend at Estoril started with a major setback for BMW Motorrad Motorsport and the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team when van der Mark crashed in first free practice . He underwent a successful operation in Lisbon on Friday evening and can already walk a few steps on crutches again. Van der Mark will return home to the Netherlands tomorrow Monday. The entire BMW Motorrad Motorsport family wishes him a speedy recovery. In the Superpole on Saturday morning, Redding impressed with a strong fourth place. In race one – which he contested with a “50 Years of BMW M” livery – he was battling in the top five until half-time. But then his front tire gave out and Redding finished eighth. Being tenth in the first race, Baz ensured that the Bonovo action BMW Racing Team once again won the Independent classification. Teammate Laverty, who secured ninth place on the grid in Superpole, fell back in the race and finished 15th.
Difficult mixed conditions prevailed in the Superpole Race on Sunday morning after the morning rain. Redding finished seventh after the 10-lap sprint. Bad luck for the Bonovo action BMW Racing Team: both Baz and Laverty, both fighting for the top eight, crashed along with several other riders. In race two on Sunday afternoon, Redding finished eleventh, with Baz and Laverty finishing twelfth and 14th respectively.
50 years of BMW M – unveiling of the BMW M 1000 RR 50 Years Edition and anniversary livery.On the occasion of the 50th birthday of BMW M, BMW Motorrad is presenting the new BMW M 1000 RR 50 Years Edition. The anniversary model was ceremoniously presented on Friday evening – firstly at an event in the Villa d’Este on Lake Como (ITA), and at the same time in the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Hospitality in the paddock in Estoril. Here, Redding and BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director Marc Bongers unveiled the production bike in historic São Paulo yellow. The anniversary livery of the racing bikes of the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK team also caused a stir on Saturday: the BMW M 1000 RR Superbikes also wore São Paulo yellow. In the race, Redding used a special leather suit in the “50 Years of BMW M” design – all in black with the anniversary version of the BMW emblem.
Quotes after the races in Estoril. Marc Bongers, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director: “The weekend got off to an extremely difficult start with Michael’s injury. We hope to have news soon on how quickly he can recover. In the meantime, we will see who could act as a backup driver in case. There were some bright spots and highlights on Scott’s side. With fourth place, he had a very good starting position. He finished eighth in race one and seventh in the tricky conditions of the Superpole Race. For the final race on Sunday afternoon we wanted to take another step forward to improve in our weakest sector, the final sector. Unfortunately, this was a misstep that had a negative impact on other sections of the route. We have learned from this situation. Overall I am happy with how the weekend has gone for Scott as we had good stability in the bike based on the previous test at Portimão and that is a good basis for further work. The Bonovo action BMW Racing Team was unlucky on Sunday morning with Loris and Eugene crashing in quick succession. That was a shame because both could have improved their starting positions for the second race. So her starting position in the second race was not the best. Now it’s time to analyze the data again and improve the basis for Misano step by step. At this point, we would also like to congratulate our partner BMW M on their 50th birthday. The anniversary celebration on Friday evening was great, and the special livery of the M 1000 RR on Saturday was a real eye-catcher.”
Scott Redding, BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team (SP: 4 / R01: 8 / SP Race: 7 / R02: 11): “Overall, the weekend here at Estoril went a bit better for us. Qualifying was good after I had a better feel for the bike straight away in FP1. And that always helps for the rest of the weekend. In race one we had some problems with the front tire which made it a bit difficult for us. In the Superpole Race we may have made the wrong tire choice. In race two I just had trouble braking the bike. That’s why I wasn’t able to set good lap times. We made some changes after race one for race two and it wasn’t the right way. But all in all the weekend was a bit better for me. Now I hope we can keep the form we had overall over the weekend and try to build on that at Misano.”
Loris Baz, Bonovo action BMW Racing Team (SP: 12 / R01: 10 / SP Race: DNF / R02: 12): “I didn’t put myself in the best position when I crashed in Superpole and this qualifying was up finished twelfth. But in race one I had good pace and got the bike back into the top 10. I was third in the warm-up this morning. It was a great session and I really enjoyed riding the bike in the wet for the first time. The Superpole Race was treacherous. Normally I like to ride in these conditions, but unfortunately I ran into a wet spot and had a bad highside. The guys did a fantastic job fixing not just one bike, but two bikes and getting them back on the grid in the second race. Hats off and a big thank you for that. We’re going to buy the boys some beers tonight. In race two, like on Saturday, I still had problems with the brakes and didn’t feel comfortable entering the corner. It was very damp, it rained in a few corners and we just didn’t have enough grip on the rear tires. I didn’t have the feeling to go faster. At the moment we’re not fighting for the win or the podium. But we have to accept that and work as hard as we can. This is what all BMW drivers and the whole team are doing and I hope that we will make a big step forward by Misano.”
Eugene Laverty, Bonovo action BMW Racing Team (SP: 9 / R01: 15 / SP Race: DNF / R02: 14): “The biggest disappointment for me was my crash in the Superpole Race. I secured eighth place and ended up in a wet spot, crashed badly, wrecked the bike and caused extra work for the mechanics. In the second race I had brake problems. It was a weekend to forget, but let’s move on. In general, the bike seems to work well for one lap here. It’s good. But we have problems with the rear tires after a few laps this year and we have to work on that. It’s clear that I need something different because I’m a smaller driver than the other three BMW guys. So I need to work on something that allows me to push better with the rear tire.”
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