Home race for BMW Boxercup With just two more races to go in the 2003 BMW BoxerCup, the title chase is getting closer and closer with Switzerland's Andy Hofmann and Belgium's Sebastian Legrelle split by just 15 points after the last round at ...
Home race for BMW Boxercup
With just two more races to go in the 2003 BMW BoxerCup, the title chase is getting closer and closer with Switzerland's Andy Hofmann and Belgium's Sebastian Legrelle split by just 15 points after the last round at Spa-Francorchamps. This weekend's race at the Sachsenring will provide tremendous action all the way to the flag just as we have seen this year where six different winners have emerged from seven rounds, proving the competitiveness and excitement of the 2003 BMW BoxerCup. This weekend's race again supports the German Moto GP where last year 175,000 spectators over three days revelled in the biggest German motorcycle meeting of the year, but with extra grandstands being built for more spectators, a figure of close to 200,000 is expected.
With Andy Hofmann winning in Spa-Francorchamps he extended his championship lead over Sebastian Legrelle by12 points whilst Italian Roberto Panichi closed on Legrelle by 7 points making it all very close at the top of the table. As Panichi knows, anything can happen in the remaining two races he suffered two non-scores at Barcelona and Assen and has had to fight back over every lap since. He knows that if he has a good race and the others are caught in a mid pack tussle, things could change very quickly indeed before the final round the the BMW BoxerCup at Brno on August 17th.
Germany's Markus Barth will be looking for a home victory around the twisty race track, whilst BMW Ambassador Randy Mamola will be returning to the race track for his first VIP ride of the year on the BMW R1100S. Mamola always a favourite of the crowd is looking forward to getting back in the seat. "I can't wait to get back into the seat for a BoxerCup race as they are always such fun to be in! I don't want to affect any of the top guys pushing for the title, but I'm looking forward to putting on a show for the enormous crowds at the track. The German public are so enthusiastic and knowledgeable that it is a pleasure to race amongst such a 100% motorcycle atmosphere." Said the former Grand Prix winner.
The Sachsenring circuit has only recently been added to the Moto GP calendar, replacing the Nurburgring as a venue for the German GP in 1998. After a couple of years the track underwent substantial development and now is 3.704 kms in length following an additional downhill loop towards the end of the lap. The atmosphere of the original old 8 km 1920's track is still very much in evidence together with the historical nature of the region that was the birth place of the two stroke engine.
With 50 points still in play over the remaining two rounds, the winner of a brand new BMW M3 is still anyone's guess for the 2003 BMW BoxerCup title.
The race takes place on Saturday 26th July at 16h40 over 15 laps.