Hinterreiter Closes In After a summer break of three weekends, the BMW Motorrad BoxerCup 2004 comes to its penultimate round this weekend at the Czech Republic circuit of Brno with no less than 34 BMW R 1100 S machines all battling for honour.
Hinterreiter Closes In
After a summer break of three weekends, the BMW Motorrad BoxerCup 2004 comes to its penultimate round this weekend at the Czech Republic circuit of Brno with no less than 34 BMW R 1100 S machines all battling for honour. Austria's Thomas Hinterreiter is the on verge of the title as he could be the rider winning the brand new BMW M3 Coupe after a season that has so far seen him on the podium at every race and therefore establishing a commanding 27 point lead. It will take a gargantuan effort from the other riders to un-seat the Austrian from the number one spot, but anything can happen and as we have seen in the past.
With Hinterreiter coming into this weekend with a 27 point lead, it is down to Brian Parriott and the closely knit chasing pack for them to topple Hinterreiter from the top step as they try and grab the 25 points for a win. Different winners has been the name of the game this season with five different winners from 6 races. Brian Parriott, Thomas Hinterreiter, Roberto Panichi, Sebastien Legrelle and Stephane Mertens all taking a win meaning this weekend at Brno should be no different. Parriott won the race at Brno last year on the road, but was adjudged to have jumped the start and was docked a 10 second penalty but he is sure not to make the same mistake twice... Mertens and Panichi went skittling down the road at the very last corner at Donington as they clashed twice and are out to `finish that race'. Will Markus Barth take his first win of the year in front of the huge numbers of Germans who always flood over the border to Brno?
The 5.4 kms Brno race track is one of the most spectacular for racing from not only the BMW Motorrad BoxerCup's calendar, but the 16 race MotoGP calendar that the BMWs are supporting for the sixth time this season. Exceptionally wide and open, corners have a long radius resulting in high corner speed from smooth riding. Carved into the side of a hill side, the track has everything. Long straights, tight corners, a stadium area where tens of thousands of fans congregate, fast sweeping downhill corners, and then after two thirds of the lap, a steep climb back up to the finish line that includes two fast chicanes where the last gasp over taking manoevures always take place. The asphalt surface provides very good grip providing the BMW R 1100 S bikes with some of the fastest corner speeds all year. The Metzeler control tyres wear well in what are usually very hot and typically central continental weather conditions.
The BMW YoungStar cup for under 21 riders is going to very close over the remaining two races with Richard Cooper and Barry Burrell split by just 4 points as they battle for the brand new Mini Cooper prize for tomorrow's stars.
Brno and BMW are linked although through the original road racing track that is positioned closer to the city itself where epic touring car and Motorcycle Grand Prix where held, but due to it's `between the houses nature' it was closed for racing in the late 80s.
The BMW Motorrad BoxerCup race will take place on Sunday afternoon at 15.30hrs after the thrilling MotoGP race. Don't forget that 24 hours earlier the MotoGP qualifying sessions will see the latest in the BMW Best Qualifier Award 2004 where the world's top MotoGP riders battle over the season for the shortest aggregate time from qualifying in order to win a BMW 645 Ci.
The BMW Motorrad BoxerCup 2004 has just two remaining rounds, here and then at the season's MotoGP finale in Valencia on October 30th.
17:15 - 17:451 Qualifying Session
Saturday, August 21st
16:15 16:452nd Qualifying Session
Sunday, August 22nd
15:30 Race (13 laps)
Immediately after the race Prizegiving Ceremony