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BMW S 1000 RR wins British Superbike EVO and National Superstock 1000 Championships

Tristan Palmer on his BMW S 1000 RR In its debut year of national level racing the S 1000 RR – BMW Motorrad’s first ever supersport machine – has dominated two of the UK’s most competitive race series and won both hotly-contested Championship titles. From its showroom launch in early 2010 to ruling the racetrack, the stellar rise of the S 1000 RR shows no signs of slowing down.

Featuring a class-leading 193bhp in-line four-cylinder engine and factory options include race ABS, advanced traction control and gearshift assist housed within a lightweight, compact chassis, the BMW S 1000 RR offers an unprecedented technical package which delivers unrivalled performance out of the crate.

Steve Brogan on his BMW S 1000 RR-smallJentin Racing-BMW Motorrad rider Steve Brogan clinched the inaugural Mirror.co.uk BSB-EVO Championship at Oulton Park. Steve won 12 of the year’s 26 races, a stunning achievement especially when entering a brand-new class.

The S 1000 RR had an even greater hold of the Metzeler National Superstock 1000 Championship, in which it took eight wins from thirteen races. The popularity and performance of the customer-spec S 1000 RR is such that in Superstock, the class where race bikes are closest to road-bike specification, ever-more teams adopted the bike as the year went on. On the starting grid for the final race, one quarter of the bikes
were RRs. In addition, the S 1000 RR set five new Superstock lap records in the 2010 season.

Jon Kirkham on his BMW S 1000 RRThe S 1000 RR secured the Metzeler National Superstock 1000 Championship in the hands of Jon Kirkham and the Samsung Mobile Racing team. Kirkham won the Championship with two races to go after a stunning win at Croft. In total he took six wins, six pole positions and two new Superstock lap records. Richard Cooper and Tristan Palmer, fellow S 1000 RR riders from the Jentin Racing-BMW Motorrad team,
each took a pole position, race win and class lap record.

Jon Kirkham and Tristan Palmer on the podiumOn the world stage, Italian rider Ayrton Badovini took the BMW S 1000 RR’s first international title and set a new motorsports record when he won nine out of ten races to take the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup, the high-profile series which runs at World Superbike rounds. The S 1000 RR rider took an astounding seven victories from the first seven rounds and secured the title with three yet to race. He went on to win the
next two races and take second place in the final, setting a stunning legacy.

Tony Jakeman, BMW Motorrad UK Marketing Manager, said: “This has been an incredible year for BMW and the S 1000 RR. It has been a great success with sport bike riders and racers. We have to thank the racers and teams who’ve put in so much effort and delivered two titles in the very first year.

“The S 1000 RR has proved to be just as popular and successful with our customers. So far this year it’s been both the top selling bike in its category and the overall bestselling bike over 125cc. The motorcycle press has been equally appreciative of the S 1000 RR, having won most, if not all, of the group tests against its rivals. It also won the prestigious international Masterbike 2010 award and was named Fast Bikes
magazine’s Sportsbike of the Year. It’s fair to say the S 1000 RR has been a phenomenon.

“We’re looking forward to an even more exciting year in 2011 as British star Leon Haslam will be racing an S 1000 RR in the World Superbike championship. With Leon joining experienced racer Troy Corser in the BMW Motorrad Motorsport team, we’re aiming to get the S 1000 RR’s first win at the highest possible level.”

Steve Brogan on the podiumRichard Cooper wins at Cadwell ParkSteve Brogan celebrates BSB-EVO championship win-small