Barcelona. After three consecutive podium weekends, the eighth round of the FIM Superbike World Championship at Barcelona proved to be more difficult for BMW Motorrad Motorsport. Scott Redding finished eighth in the Superpole race to record the best BMW race result of the weekend, only to take a tumble in both main races. His team-mate Michael van der Mark endured a similarly challenging weekend with technical problems and a fall too, before he scored points for finishing 13th in race two.
Both riders struggled in Superpole qualification on Saturday morning. Redding qualified 13th and van der Mark in 19th position. Race one did not go according to plan as Redding fell and van der Mark retired with a technical issue.
The weekend continued with the Superpole race on Sunday morning, which determined the top nine grid positions for race two. Redding produced some great racing as he finished eighth. Van der Mark suffered more bad luck, forced to return the bike to the pits early after a fall. Van der Mark finished 13th to round off a difficult weekend in the points. Redding fell at the start of the race, but was able to soon return to the pits after being examined in the medical centre.
Round nine of the WorldSBK season will take place in two weeks (7th to 9th October) at Portimão (POR).