On the 10th of August the flag will fall for the seventh race of the BMW Motorrad BoxerCup 2002. This will be the last race of the spectacular BMW racing series but one in 2002 and will be held as part of the 5. German Speedweek Oschersleben (Germany) in the Magdeburg Börde. Since the beginning of the season on the 28th of April in Donington (UK) the level of excitement has been mounting with each single race. The brand cup with the highest prize money in the world offers loads of thrills and nailbiting excitement.
“We’ve had six different winners in six different races. The winners come from six different countries. Markus Barth (D) won in Donington, Roberto Panichi (I) in Mugello, Thomas Hintterreiter (A) in Catalunya, Stéphane Mertens (B) won in Assen, Richard Cooper (UK) in Spa and Andy Hofmann (CH) won the German Grand Prix on the Sachsenring. The level of top skill is phenomenal, two thirds of the starters can ride right to the very top.
That’s what the fans want to see Especialy when the boys grind the curbs and you can see the sparks fly. I’m really interested who will cross the finishing line first in Oschersleben”, says a happy Berti Hauser, head of BMW Motorrad motorsports.
Last year’s winner Stéphane Mertens of the BMW Belgium Faignoy Team (1) is leading the score with 82 points only 1 point ahead of Andy Hofman of the Senger Racing Team (5)
In hot pursuit: Markus Barth of the BMW Group Nieder-lassungen Racing Team (6) who has recovered from his injuries in Assen followed by Sebastien Legrelle of the BMW Belgium Herpigny Team (21) who was not able to gain a first place on the podium so far.
BMW Motorrad BoxerCup 2002
Right behind him – both with the same number of points - are Thomas Hinterreiter of the BMW Austria-Hinterreiter Racing Team (7) who wiped out on the last training run at the Sachsenring and was not able to race there as well as the youngster and winner of Spa-Francorchamps, Richard Cooper of the BMW Motorrad Great Britain Team (47). A few points behind comes a trio with the winner of Mugello, Roberto Panichi (99), who fell spectacularly after a braking duel with Andy Hofmann at the Sachsenring. Then come last year’s runner-up Fernando Cristobal (16) as well as Brian Morrison (11), a real endurance championship crack and 24h winner of Spa-Francorchamps 2002.
The pursuers Gus Scott and Ivan Lazzarini in 10th and 11th place also still have a theoretical chance of driving home the main prize, a BMW M coupe.
To make the race even more thrilling for the fans on the sidelines of the 3.667 km long race track at the Motopark Oschersleben, the BMW VIP riders at the start this time are the record holder for the fastest lap on the Nürburgring North Leep, Helmut Dähne (D), the former team boss of the Endurance WC Team Zong Shen, Peter Rubatto (D), the motorcycle journalist and motorcycle racing expert, Thomas Kuttruf (D/38) as well as last year’s ex-GP 500 rider, Johan “Stiggy” Stigefelt (S). To top it all off the man with the 66 will also be clutching the boxer throttle. At Donington and at the Sachsenring, Germany’s GP 1 talent Alex Hofmann did a great job substituting for Loris Capirossi of the GP 1 West Pons Team who was injured in Assen and will now race his first BoxerCup race at the legendary Speedweek. We hope to offer our spectators great entertainment and wish the BMW R 1100 S riders every success and plenty of riding pleasure.
Alex Hofmann (66) Peter Rubatto (25) Helmut Dähne (24) Johan Stigefelt (116)