Top Three Start for BMW as BSB Begins in 2017.

A solid weekend of results for BMW Motorrad UK at the season opener.

Christian Iddon led a solid weekend of British Superbike results for BMW Motorrad, claiming a podium in Race 1 and third in the championship standings. A resurfaced Donington Park threw up challenges all weekend for the British Superbike championship, bumps throughout Craner Curves catching a number of riders out. Iddon was one of the many fallers at the iconic section of tarmac – fortunately doing so before racing began. The first race of the 2017 British Superbike season was a war of attrition, only 16 riders finishing the race. Unfortunately neither Lee Jackson (Smiths Racing) nor Michael Rutter (Bathams BMW) were able to make the race start.

Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing) and Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) used the impressive power of the BMW S 1000 RR to blast past James Ellison early in the race. The move saw both riders inside the top five with laps to spare.
 

It was Iddon who came out on top in the all-BMW battle, clinching third in the race with Hickman some two seconds behind in fourth. Meanwhile, Davide Giugliano (Tyco BMW) picked up points on his BSB debut with a hard fourth 13th place. Last of the point scoring BMW riders in race one was Jakub Smrz (Lloyd & Jones/PR Racing) in 14th.

 

 

Giugliano brings his trademark aggression to the BMW

Race 2 was another typical British Superbike affair, a group of three riders breaking away into the lead and bashing bars all the way. Further behind the leaders, Iddon put in another great performance to charge down Luke Mossey and James Ellison. The Tyco rider did his best to stay with Glenn Irwin, but was unable to hold on and forced to settle for fourth – collecting valuable championship points.

Hickman was once again in the top ten, collecting a handful of points for eighth place. Giugliano continued to improve and ended 2.6 seconds behind the experienced Hickman. Smrz was once again in the points with 15th.

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Giugliano brings his trademark aggression to the BMW

Thanks to his double top-five effort, Iddon holds third in the championship with 29 points, 8 points clear of Hickman in sixth. 10 points for Giugliano have the Italian in ninth overall as he continues to adapt to life on the BMW S 1000 RR.
 
The championship now begins to prepare for Brands Hatch and Round 2 on the 15th to 17th of April. Full information can be found here

BMW Motorrad UK would like to extend their thoughts to the family of Mick Whalley, who tragically lost his life on Saturday during the TriOptions Cup race.

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