- Tenth round of the FIM Superbike World Championship 2022 in San Juan.
- BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team: Scott Redding and Michael van der Mark reach the top ten in both main races.
- Bonovo action BMW Racing Team: Loris Baz with best Superpole result to date; Eugene Laverty best Independent rider in second main race.
San Juan. There were plenty of ups and downs for BMW Motorrad Motorsport during the FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) race weekend in San Juan, Argentina. The tenth round of the season took place in the foothills of the Andes. Scott Redding (GBR) from the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team performed well in Superpole and was the best BMW rider in both main races, but endured a difficult Superpole race. His team-mate Michael van der Mark (NED) started from further back and recorded top ten finishes in both main races. In Superpole, Loris Baz (FRA) delivered the best qualifying result thus far for the Bonovo action BMW Racing Team, but suffered bad luck in both main races. Team-mate Eugene Laverty (IRL) finished the final race on Sunday afternoon as the best Independent rider.
Redding was fifth in Superpole qualification on Saturday afternoon, while Baz finished sixth to ensure a first second-row start for the Bonovo action BMW Racing Team. Qualification proved trickier for van der Mark and Laverty, as they finished in 14th and 18th positions.
Redding was in the leading group for the first half of race one, only to fall back a little and cross the line in seventh place. Van der Mark battled his way up from 14th to tenth position. Laverty also made up four places to finish 14th. Baz struggled throughout the race, able to rejoin the race after a fall in the closing phase, but finished outside the points in 16th. On Sunday afternoon, Baz then extended his sequence of ninth-place finishes in the Superpole race, crossing the finishing line in that position as the best BMW rider. Van der Mark was eleventh. Redding started from fifth position but fell back considerably and crossed the line in 14th, with Laverty 18th.
In the second main race on Saturday afternoon, Baz was initially the best-placed BMW rider in the leading group, only to take a tumble on lap two after being hit by another rider. The Frenchman was able to re-join the race but could not improve on 17th place. After starting from tenth place, Redding gave a consistent performance to finish ninth. Van der Mark was just one place behind him, reaching the top ten in a main race once again. Laverty started from 18th and moved up several positions as the first lap progressed. After 21 laps, he crossed the finish line as the best Independent rider in eleventh place.
The 2022 season ends with the two overseas events in Mandalika, Indonesia (11th to 13th November) and at Phillip Island, Australia (18th to 20th November).