Last weekend, two genuine highlights took centre stage as the 2014 season draws to a close: the FIM Superbike World Championship (WSBK) visited Magny-Cours (FR), while Silverstone (GB) hosted the penultimate round of the British Superbike Championship (BSB). Both events yielded victories for customer teams supported by BMW Motorrad Motorsport. Sylvain Barrier (FR) won the EVO class in the WSBK on his BMW S 1000 RR, and Ryuichi Kiyonari (JP) stepped onto the top step of the podium in the BSB.FIM Superbike World Championship in Magny-Cours.Last weekend featured the final European round of the 2014 FIM Superbike World Championship (WSBK) for the experts at BMW Motorrad Motorsport. The “Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours” (FR) hosted the 11th of this season’s 12 rounds. Sylvain Barrier (FR) of the BMW Motorrad Italia SBK team had been looking forward to his home event for a long time – and claimed another success. The conditions were far from easy though: Friday and Saturday were dry, but the rain arrived on Sunday. However, Barrier refused to allow the perilous conditions to knock him off his stride in the opening race. He won the EVO class (tenth overall) on his BMW S 1000 RR EVO. He led the EVO field again in race two, until he fell victim to the extremely slippery track, crashing out and damaging the handlebar on his bike. Barrier was forced to retire as a result.BMW Team Toth once again fielded two BMW S 1000 RRs in Magny-Cours. Imre Toth (HU) came home 20th and 13th. Gabor Rizmayer (HU) crashed out in the opening race, but bounced back to produce a strong ride on his EVO version of the bike in race two. He finished third in the EVO class and 12th overall. The season finale of the WSBK takes place in Doha, Qatar, on 2nd November.FIM Superstock 1000 Cup in Magny-Cours.The FIM Superstock 1000 Cup (WSTK) held the finale of its 2014 season in Magny-Cours, where it shared the bill with the WSBK. The rain also resulted in miserable conditions and numerous retirements in the Superstock race. Federico Sandi (IT/Team Motoxracing) ploughed on regardless, however. He finished fifth on his BMW HP4 – his best result of the season. The second best-placed BMW Motorrad privateer was Federico d’Annunzio (IT/FDA Racing Team) who came home tenth. Remo Castellarin (IT/Cast16 Corse) and Robert Muresan (RO/H-Moto Team) failed to finish.British Superbike Championship in Silverstone.When it comes to excitement, the penultimate round of the British Superbike Championship (BSB) in Silverstone (GB) will take some beating. Ryuichi Kiyonari (JP / Buildbase BMW Motorrad) and his rivals put on an unforgettable show as the race for the title neared its thrilling conclusion. In the first of the two races on Sunday, Kiyonari was embroiled in a thrilling three-way battle for the win with Shane Byrne (GB) and Josh Brookes (AU). The lead changed hands no fewer than six times on the last lap alone. The trio was separated by just 0.368 seconds as they crossed the line. Kiyonari finished a hair’s breadth behind winner Byrne, crossing the line in second place, just 0.084 seconds after his biggest rival for the title.“King Kiyo” took his revenge in race two. The Japanese BMW S 1000 RR rider took an early lead and had the upper hand in another breath-taking duel with Byrne. This time it was Kiyonari who crossed the finish line first – 0.074 seconds ahead of his rival. The weekend’s results have catapulted Kiyonari into the top 15 in the BMW Motorrad Race Trophy standings. He currently lies 11th (see below for standings).Kiyonari’s team-mate James Westmoreland (GB) claimed top-ten finishes in both races, coming home eighth and tenth. Patric Muff (CH / Batham’s Prize Winning Ales) was 14th and 13th. One race was held in the BSB Superstock class. Hudson Kennaugh (ZA / Linxcel Moto Racing) finished third on his BMW S 1000 RR to claim a place on the podium. Lee Jackson (GB / Buildbase BMW Motorrad) was seventh.
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