The 2003 BMW comes to the ultimate finale at Brno in the Czech Republic this weekend with three people capable of winning the prestigious title, driving away from the circuit in a brand new BMW M3. Leader of the championship, Andy Hofmann (CH)...
The 2003 BMW comes to the ultimate finale at Brno in the Czech Republic this weekend with three people capable of winning the prestigious title, driving away from the circuit in a brand new BMW M3. Leader of the championship, Andy Hofmann (CH) has a six point lead over Sebastien Legrelle (B), who in turn has a ten point lead over Roberto Panichi (I) meaning that the same amount of points for third place in Sunday's race cover the top riders. For the sixth time this year the 2003 BMW Motorrad BoxerCup is a support race to the tremendously close and exciting MotoGP championship.
It really is too close to call between the three riders over the climax of the season that started in early March at Daytona in Florida. However, Panichi has taken the most wins with three to his name, but the Dream Car Team rider took two non-scores mid season and that has left him to fight back ever since. Hofmann has taken a single win from Spa, but his consistency has led him to the top of the table with six podiums from eight races. Legrelle took a win from Assen plus three other podiums but his raw speed and experience may be the trump card he will use to overtake Hofmann.
Riders out of the chance to win outright can still take the runner up positions, such as Thomas Hinterreiter (A) currently in fourth overall. He won the Catalan race in Mid June and has since taken two more podiums, whilst Markus Barth (D), 5th overall, has yet to take a win this year he'll be trying his utmost. Richard Cooper (GB) and Alessandro Tomassoni (I) have won races at Outon Park and Le Mans respectively and could easily be up on the podium again.
Many of the BMW Motorrad Boxer Cup teams have been testing at Brno last weekend and so will have perfected the set up of their BMW R110S bikes over the 5.4km circuit that rewards very smooth and precise riding over its wide open tarmac. Temperatures are expected to rocket sky high over the weekend as is normally the case at this time of year, leaving management of the Metzeler tyres another skill for the riders to have in hand.
BMW representative Randy Mamola (USA), 13 times a 500cc Grand Prix winner, will once more be a VIP rider as he was at the last round at he German circuit of the Sachsenring. The popular American will be helping both the experienced and younger riders in the BoxerCup, together with as always providing humour and jokes around the paddock area!
The Brno racetrack is steeped in history with the original road circuit being carved out of the local countryside in the 1930's with the latter version being used up until the late 1980's by bikes and cars alike for high profile GPs and Touring Car races. The current circuit is set amongst a large wooded area a few kilometres from the old track where the old pit garage buildings still echo to the ghosts of many historic races over the past 70 years.
Official Practice takes place in two 30 minute sessions during Friday and Saturday afternoon with the 13 lap race taking place immediately after the Moto GP race (15h20) on Sunday 17th August.