Spanish Superbike Championship: Guest starts for Mikhalchik and Foray at the finale.
Jerez de la Frontera, in the south of Spain, hosted the final round of the 2019 Spanish Superbike Championship (RFME CEV). As well as the regular BMW racers in this series, a further two BMW S 1000 RR riders also lined up in Jerez: Ilya Mikhalchik (UKR) and Kenny Foray (FRA), team-mates in the BMW Motorrad World Endurance Team. The pair performed tyre tests for tyre partner Dunlop at the season finale in Spain. Mikhalchik was the best-placed BMW rider in both races, finishing fourth and seventh. Those results were good enough to earn the Ukrainian victory in the Open class both times. Foray was 14th and 12th. “It was more of a test weekend and I was not really racing for results,” said Mikhalchik. “The guys here are pretty quick, but I was able to go with them. In the opening race, I was running second for a long time and was able to challenge for the win. We were really quick, but not quick enough to win. However, the focus here was more on testing the tyres for the Endurance World Championship. We were able to get some good development work done and make big progress this weekend. That is very important for our next outing in the FIM EWC in Malaysia. I really enjoyed the weekend and I would be happy to race again in the Spanish championship at some time in the future. Maybe I’ll even be able to go for the win then.”
The season finale also began superbly for defending champion Carmelo Morales (ESP) from BMW easyRace Team, when he secured pole position on his BMW S 1000 RR. However, he crashed at the start of the race and was unable to ride for the rest of the race weekend. His team-mate Julio Dominguez (ESP), who competed on the new BMW S 1000 RR, finished 28th and 21st.
Australian Superbike Championship: Season finale at Sydney Motorsport Park.
The seventh and final round of this season’s Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) took place at Sydney Motorsport Park (AUS). Glenn Allerton (AUS) from the NextGen Motorsports / Maxima BMW Racing team once again enjoyed good results in both races at the finale, finishing eighth on both occasions. The team also ran the new BMW S 1000 RR in the practice sessions and gathered valuable information with the new Superbike. The team will now use that information to further develop the new RR for the coming ASBK season.
All Japan Road Race Championship: Final race of the season for the TONE RT SYNCEDGE 4413 team.
The BMW S 1000 RR also contested its final races of the year in Japan at the weekend. The season finale of the 2019 All Japan Road Race Championship (JP SBK) was held at Suzuka (JPN). The final round once again featured two races in the Superbike class. BMW rider Hoshino Tomoya (JPN / TONE RT SYNCEDGE 4413) finished 18th and 17th.