Monday, August 8, 2022

Scott Redding claims his first podium on the BMW M 1000 RR at Donington Park.

Donington Park. Donington Park, an iconic British circuit
steeped in history, once again proved to be a successful hunting
ground for BMW Motorrad Motorsport in the FIM Superbike World
Championship (WorldSBK). In the Superpole Race on Sunday morning,
Scott Redding (GBR) from the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team claimed his
first podium on the BMW M 1000 RR. Redding came home third at the
end of the captivating 10-lap sprint. He was also among the leading
group in both main races, finishing fourth and fifth. Loris Baz
(FRA) from the Bonovo action BMW Racing Team was ninth in all three
races.

 

In front of more than 51,000 spectators (across the weekend), local
favourite Redding showed as early as the practice sessions that he has
closed the gap to the front-runners. The Brit ended Friday in third
place overall. He backed this up with fourth in the Superpole
Qualifying on Saturday morning, securing his best starting position of
the season in doing so. In the first main race on Saturday afternoon,
Redding was in contention for a spot on the podium until the closing
stages, before crossing the finish line in fourth place on worn tyres.

Redding again set his sights on the podium in Sunday morning’s
Superpole Race. He climbed into third place at the start, and only
briefly gave up that position before reclaiming the third spot on the
podium. This triggered great celebrations in the garage, from which
Dr. Markus Schramm, Head of BMW Motorrad, had followed the exciting
race. In the second main race on Sunday afternoon, Redding was running
fourth until the middle of the race, before conceding a position and
crossing the finish line in fifth place – just eight seconds behind
winner Toprak Razgatlioglu (TUR / Yamaha).

Bonovo action BMW Racing Team rider Baz bounced back after a
difficult weekend in Misano (ITA). After second place in the third
free practice session, the Frenchman went into the Superpole
Qualifying full of confidence. However, he crashed on the opening lap,
after which the team did a fantastic job to repair the bike. This
allowed Baz to set a flying lap at the end of the session and qualify
14th. The only way was up from this position for Baz on the BMW M 1000
RR. He ended all three races in ninth place to earn another three
top-ten results for himself and his team.

Ilya Mikhalchik (UKR / BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) and Eugene Laverty
(IRL / Bonovo action BMW Racing Team) endured a difficult weekend at
Donington Park. Mikhalchik finished 16th in race one, narrowly missing
out on the points. He then came home 18th in the Superpole Race and
crashed out of the second main race. Laverty was struggling with pain
in his arm at the weekend. He was 20th on Saturday afternoon and 23rd
on Sunday morning, before having to retire from Sunday afternoon’s
race. Wildcard starter Peter Hickman (GBR) and the FHO Racing BMW Team
finished 22nd, 16th and 19th.

Round six of the 2022 WorldSBK season takes place in two weeks (29th
to 31st July) in Most in the Czech Republic.

Quotes after the Donington Park races.

 

Dr. Markus Schramm, Head of BMW Motorrad: “It was a
very successful weekend here at Donington Park, and I am delighted for
Scott and the whole team with the first podium of the season.
Congratulations to them on this important success. It was great to be
here and to see it live. This podium is just reward for the hard work
put in by everyone on the project and shows that we are gradually
closing in on the front-runners. This is only possible with a great
effort from everyone involved in the project, and I would like to say
a big thank you for that.”

 

Marc Bongers, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director: “It
is great to head home with a third, fourth and fifth place in the
races. That is a very solid result. We had a few new parts and tested
here a fortnight ago. The result was a positive one, particularly for
Scott, which is very pleasing. Loris also made progress. Eugene and
Ilya, neither of whom had the new parts yet, were unfortunately too
far off the pace and did not find their way on the bike. Despite this,
we will take this positive momentum into the next races and build on
these results.”

Scott Redding, BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team (SP: 4 / R01: 4 / SP
Race: 3 / R02: 5):
“To get the first podium was great – it
was a sprint race but at least we got it. We were in the top three and
it wasn’t due to conditions or somebody else crashing. I had to fight
for it, and really bite down in the helmet to dig deep over the last
laps. I think we deserve it for all the hard work we have done, the
guys at BMW have been working hard behind the scenes. It just shows
that we can do it and that motivation helps the project a lot. To have
Dr. Schramm here as well was great. The whole weekend has been very
good, we were consistently in the top five or top six and the gap is
significantly closer, even lap by lap and then in the race. I am
feeling good with the bike and how it is working. I feel like another
little step came this weekend with the updated parts even for the
comfortability for me riding it. I feel more like it is my bike and
this is very important. I have got the confidence with the front. It
has been good to back it up consistently, not just one session with
the new tyre and you’re there, and then one session you’re not. We
were in a good position all the time this weekend and we’re getting
closer. Also from race one to race two we closed the gap a lot. This
was a big step for me, and I’m happy. With where we are in the
project, I always say: it’s steps. If it’s half a second or half a
tenth, if we are getting closer, this is what we need to do until we
are there. Overall, I had a nice weekend, it was quite busy, having
all the fans cheering, going crazy in all the races. They can see that
I ride the bike hard, which I enjoy, and this is another key point for
me. I am having fun, and this is what we need to do.”

Loris Baz, Bonovo action BMW Racing Team (SP: 14 / R01: 9 / SP
Race: 9 / R02: 9):
“I had to fight in all three races.
After my mistake in Superpole, I lost a bit of confidence but managed
to finish in P9 three times. I also secured a better grid position for
race two. It was not a super good weekend for me, I expected more to
be honest, especially after Friday. I can be fast on one lap; I am
just not on the pace consistently at the moment. So, we must
understand why. We definitely made a big step in the right direction
with the BMW guys, and I am really happy for that. It’s good to see
the first podium from Scott. As I said at the beginning, we must all
focus on the same direction and push each other and that works. We all
do our best, trying to work hard so it’s good to see that it pays off.
Now we know that Donington is a good track for BMW, so we will see how
it will be in Most, which is a completely different track. But we
definitely made steps in the right direction and now we look forward
to the next round to make another one.”

Ilya Mikhalchik, BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team (SP: 18 / R01: 16
/ SP Race: 18 / R02: DNF):
“I came here to ride and to
learn more from this championship. From that point I certainly
gathered a lot of experience again. But on the other side I am of
course a bit frustrated about my results and especially with my
feeling with the bike. It was not so good for me and unfortunately, I
was not able to use the strong point of my riding style which is what
I would normally do. I was just riding the bike like I would on track
days. But I just need to leave that behind me, I know that I can do
better, that I can ride a fast pace and fight with the top guys.”

Eugene Laverty, Bonovo action BMW Racing Team (SP: 20 / R01:
20 / SP Race: 23 / R02: DNF):
“From the first laps it was a
struggle. The team and I tried everything but there was no way to make
the rear tyre work this weekend. It was clear that compared to the
other three BMW riders when we checked the tyre consumption, I don’t
use any. With my smaller size on this track, I cannot use the rear
tyre, and this was the main problem all weekend. It was difficult, I
am not a rider that likes to stop but in the final race there was no
point in carrying on over the last laps as I was so far back. I did
everything I could, the team never give up on me but right now it’s
tough. We must regroup and look ahead to Most.”

Peter Hickman, FHO Racing BMW Team (SP: 22 / R01: 22 / SP
Race: 16 / R02: 19):
“Overall, it has been a really good
weekend. The whole team has come together, it has been a good team
exercise to do something a little bit different for all of us. It was
also great of course for Faye Ho and the FHO Racing team to do their
first international World Superbike round. To do that a year and a
half after the team was born is pretty impressive. So overall I am
very happy. We have learnt quite a lot, even though the electronics
are very different, there is always something to take away and
something new to learn. So, a big thanks to the team. In the sprint
race today, we actually had a really good race. We managed to finish
16th. And then 19th in the final race, still an improvement on
yesterday. And in both races today we have been the third BMW home. So
that’s a really positive for all of us.”

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