The S1000RR has made a most impressive start to 2010 with three consecutive wins for BMW Motorrad Italia’s Ayrton Badovini in the Superstock 1000 FIM Cup, as well as factory rider Troy Corser achieving his best result of fourth place in Valencia and qualifying on the front row at Assen, not to mention leading both Superbike World Championship races at the historic Dutch circuit.
With wins in national and regional superbike races in France, Spain and the USA, the S1000RR’s on-track success is for many a new experience but BMW Motorrad has a past that was forged on the racetracks of the world. Some of this impressive history was recently on show ‘Down Under’ at Motorcycling Australia’s Broadford Bike Bonanza.
Held at the State Motorcycling Sports Complex at Broadford (an hour’s ride north of Melbourne) the weekend was a salute to the past in both road racing and off-road forms of the sport. Hundreds of motorcycles from the very beginning of two-wheeled motorsport up to the 1980s were there, and their enthusiastic owners – having restored these treasured machines – were delighted to be able to show the thousands of spectators how their motorcycles could perform.
On the road racing circuit BMWs were one of the highlights of the weekend of historic activity. Ken Blake was one of Australia’s best and most loved motorcycle racers of the 1970s, and although he raced in many classes riding different motorcycles, he always had a passion for BMW. He won the 1977 Castrol 6 Hour production race with Joe Eastmure on an R100S after finishing on the podium in the previous years on the legendary R90S. He was unfortunately killed in July 1981 at the Isle of Man.