BMW Motorrad Motorsport took the hoped-for step forward. At the second race weekend of the FIM Superbike World Championship 2022 (WorldSBK) at Assen (NED).
The best result was recorded by Scott Redding (GBR) from the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team, with fifth place in the second race on Sunday. Before that, Loris Baz (FRA) from the Bonovo action BMW Racing Team. Had completed race one on Saturday and the Superpole race in sixth place.
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Making his comeback after an enforced absence due to injury, Michael van der Mark (NED / BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team). Rediscovered his old rhythm and completed the weekend with eighth place in race two on Sunday. Eugene Laverty (IRL / Bonovo action BMW Racing Team) was unable to take part in the races after falling during the first practice session on Friday.
Redding showed on Saturday that he now had a better feel for his BMW M 1000 RR. Than was the case at the season-opener two weeks previously at MotorLand Aragón (ESP).
He finished the first race in the ninth position. The British rider took another step forward in race two on Sunday afternoon. He moved up into fourth place before falling back on the final lap. Redding finished the race in fifth.
Team-mate van der Mark was competing in his first races of the year after recovering from a leg fracture. After 13th position in Saturday’s race. He gave a convincing performance to claim eighth in the second race on Sunday.
The Bonovo action BMW Racing Team had made an excellent start to the season when Baz finished seventh at Aragón – and continued in that vein at Assen. Baz secured the sixth spot in the first race on Saturday, once again providing the team’s best race result in the WorldSBK.And claiming the first win for the young team in the Independent Teams classification.
Baz finished sixth again in the Superpole race on Sunday morning. However, Baz retired early from race two on Sunday afternoon after taking a tumble. The Bonovo action BMW Racing Team continues to top the Independent standings nonetheless.
Baz’s teammate Laverty was forced to follow the races from the sidelines. After his fall in the first practice session on Friday. Severe swelling in his right forearm meant that he could not safely control his motorbike.
The third round of the WorldSBK season 2022 will occur from 20th to 22nd May at Estoril, Portugal.
via BMW Press