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Buildbase BMW Motorrad wrap up 2011 season with Superstock 1000 title and third in BSB-EVO

Richard Cooper was presented with the 2011 Metzeler National Superstock 1000 Championship trophy today in front of the Brands Hatch crowds at the final race weekend of the year. BSB-EVO rider Barry Burrell secured third place in the series with two podium finishes at an incident-heavy Brands Hatch.

Cooper on his way to the National Superstock championshipCooper secured the Superstock 1000 title two weeks ago at Silverstone where he extended his lead to 46.5 points - guaranteeing him the championship whatever the outcome of the final race. However, today's race was red-flagged after just two laps due to several crashes.

Due to a lack of time, and an already delayed schedule due to a red-flagged Superstock 600 event, race control made the decision to cancel the race. The series organisers applied the scores as they stood after Silverstone, subsequently declaring Cooper the 2011 title.

Cooper's championship victory is his first - and the second consecutive Metzeler National Superstock 1000 title for BMW Motorrad. BMW S 1000 RR rider Luke Quigley finished third in the highly competitive championship.

Richard Cooper said: "Well it's very frustrating for me and the team not to be able to race today, I had hoped to give them another great finish and end the year on a high. In fact we almost did the opposite! I had a crash very early on, before the race was red flagged. But I'm unhurt and I'm still the 2011 Superstock 1000 Champion! I can't thank the team, the supporters, BMW Motorrad and my family and friends enough for helping me take my first title. Thank you all."

Burrell celebrates at Donington ParkBarry Burrell, on the team’s BSB-EVO bike, delivered an incredible second place finish in the final BSB-EVO race of the year and secured third place in the series. An incident in the day’s first BSB-EVO race forced Burrell to crash out after a rider came off immediately in front of him. As a result he started towards the back of the grid. However Barry fought back with a stunning ride which saw him take his second podium finish of the weekend and finish in the top three in the championship standings.

Barry Burrell said: "I'm delighted to have finished the final weekend of the year with two podiums. The crash in the second race was unfortunate, but unavoidable. The rider in front came off and left me nowhere to go. It's a shame as it's the first race all year I've not finished, but the two podiums and the third place in the BSB-EVO series more than make up for it!"

Stuart Hicken, team principal, said: "Well it's been a tough weekend and an equally tough year. But we've taken the Superstock 1000 title, taken third place in the BSB-EVO series and a very good number of race wins, podium finishes and lap records along the way. Our team has worked hard and I'm very proud of them. And I'm very excited about what 2012 will have in store for us."

Superstock 1000 championship results

1) 190.5pts – Richard Cooper (Buildbase BMW Motorrad)
2) 144pts - Danny Buchan (MSS Kawasaki)
3) 130pts - Luke Quigley (Astro BMW)
4) 116pts - Tristan Palmer (GBMoto Honda)
5) 104pts - Howie Mainwaring (MSS Kawasaki)

BSB-EVO race one results

1) Graeme Gowland (WFR Honda)
2) Glen Richards (WFR Honda)
3) Barry Burrell (Buildbase BMW Motorrad)
4) Patric Muff (Tyco Honda)
5) Karl Harris (Splitlath Aprilia)

BSB-EVO race three results

1) Graeme Gowland (WFR Honda)
2) James Westmoreland (WFR Honda)
3) Barry Burrell (Buildbase BMW Motorrad)
4) Scott Smart (Moto Rapido Ducati)
5) Patric Muff (Tyco Honda)

BSB-EVO championship results

1) 423pts - Glen Richards (WFR Honda)
2) 396pts - Graeme Gowland (WFR Honda)
3) 326pts - Barry Burrell (Buildbase BMW Motorrad)
4) 288pts - Patric Muff (Tyco Honda)
5) 257pts - Scott Smart (Moto Rapido Ducati)