The latest chapter in the RR success story has now been written with the creation and launch of the first single-brand championship for BMW Motorrad’s most sporting bike to date.
While RRs have been making the headlines in national and international racing championships all over the world, BMW Motorrad España decided to take things a step further after being contacted by motorcycle training and racing organisation easyRace, the result of which is the creation of a single brand championship for the RR.
With the intention of appealing to amateur riders keen to increase their racing experience, but without having to incur all the high costs that are a barrier to many promising riders, a championship was developed that is affordable, competitive and supported by leading players such as Pirelli (which is the sole tyre supplier to the Superbike World Championship) and Spanish Motociclismo magazine.
After just a few months in the making, the S 1000 RR easyRace Cup was launched, with the first event taking place on 10 April at Cartagena circuit in southern Spain. With an impressive starting grid of 17 riders for the opening round (the same as in the 2011 MotoGP world championship) the first day began with a briefing, followed by 30 minutes training and then Superpole, adapted from the WSBK model.
In this instance, a first 15-minute session decided the 10 fastest riders, who then progressed to a second, eight-minute session, from which the six fastest went through to the final five-minute session, which determined the front two rows of the grid – three per row as in MotoGP.
Pole position for the debut round of the S 1000 RR easyRace Cup went to Juan Manuel Ruiz, who won a Uvex helmet, supplied by Sponsor Globo Moto Market. As for the 12-lap race, it was pole-setter Ruiz who took the lead after three laps, leaving Francisco José Sánchez and Javier Pascual to battle for second and third place.
Fourth was Eduardo Salvador, fifth was Jorge Jaume, who also took the win in the ‘Junior’ category, while sixth was Miguel Azara, who took the victory in the ‘Senior’ class. Pirelli, as official sponsor of the first race, also awarded a set of tyres to the top three finishers on Pirelli rubber.
Overall race winner Juan Manuel Ruiz was delighted at the first round of the championship and said: “The organization was fantastic, it seems to me that they have been doing it for years. It was a very positive experience and I’m looking forwards to seeing a lot more participants at the next round.”
This was a view shared by Senior class winner Miguel Azara, who said: “The project really excited me. Riding a BMW within a BMW championship is something really great. After having experienced the format, along with my results, right now I can say I made the right choice. You can feel the excitement and effort the organisers have created and it has really helped riders who know how difficult and expensive starting racing can be.”
The next race of the S1000RR easyRace Cup will take place on 7 May at the Albacete Speed circuit, where the organization team predicts a large number of participants.