The BMW Motorrad BoxerCup 2004 moves onto the beautiful Tuscan countryside this weekend with Round Three taking place at the stunning Mugello Circuit. Italian Roberto Panichi (Dream Car Team) will be looking to repeat his 2003 winning performance...
The BMW Motorrad BoxerCup 2004 moves onto the beautiful Tuscan countryside this weekend with Round Three taking place at the stunning Mugello Circuit. Italian Roberto Panichi (Dream Car Team) will be looking to repeat his 2003 winning performance around the 5.245km track on Saturday afternoon (June 5th) when he managed to slipstream his way to the front and take the spoils in front of his home fans.
Austrian Thomas Hinterreiter (BMW Motorrad Austria) is the man on form to lead the title chase with a win from Le Mans and a second place from the opening round in Daytona, putting him just four points ahead of American Brian Parriott (Auto Sport Busquets), the winner of his home event in Daytona. Parriott is in his second year of the BMW M torrad BoxerCup after having learnt the circuits last season and is already looking to be a strong contender for this year's top prize of a BMW M3 Coupe. Previous BoxerCup winner, Stephane Mertens (Bikeworld Nürburgring Klipfel Racing) will still be rueing his crash from the lead of the Le Mans race three weeks ago, but is sure to put in a strong performance around the Mugello track. The former World Endurance champion is very wise and knows exactly how to get the very best from his BMW R 1100 S.
Mugello and its 1.1km long home straight gives some of the best racing to over 70,000 fans throughout the Italian MotoGP weekend festival with tremendous groups of the BMW R 1100 S twin cylinder machines slip streaming down the front straight, vying for centimetres of difference at the chequered flag.
Indeed, the Tuscan tarmac is a highlight for many of the BoxerCup riders and MotoGP riders alike. Looking back, many of the BMW BoxerCup races at Mugello have been decided by a matter of millimetres with groups of riders exiting the final corner and then screwing the throttle right around in order to get every last horsepower to the rear wheel in order to draft up behind, and the around other riders to cross the line first. Not an easy prospect when all the BMW bikes are exactly the same throughout the BMW Motorrad BoxerCup 2004, but it highlights that a riders' skill is paramount rather than sheer power.
Mugello holds fond memories for BMW as it was the venue for the launch of the very first BMW M3 (E30) back in 1985, a car that went onto be a benchmark on the road and racetrack. Whilst there is a BMW M3 Coupe on offer for the 2004 BMW Motorrad BoxerCup champion, there's a Mini Cooper on offer for the best under 21 year old rider in the YoungStar Cup. After Le Mans, Guillaume Dietrich (Team Reseau France) leads Barry Burrell (BMW Motorrad Great Britain) by the narrow margin of three points.
There are seven rounds in the season accompanying the MotoGP races finishing at Valencia, Spain on October 30th.
The third round of the BMW Motorrad BoxerCup 2004 is a 14 lap race starting at 16.30hrs, Saturday June 5th.