British Superbike racer Richard Cooper’s BMW S1000RR racebike was stolen mere hours after winning the 2011 British national Superstock title.
Thieves reportedly broke into the Buildbase BMW race team’s truck after it returned to the team’s base in Leicestershire, England, from the series-clinching round at Britain’s Silverstone circuit. According to the team, thieves optained the keys to a van holding Cooper’s winning motorcycle and Superbike class racer John Laverty’s BMW S1000RR Superbike.
“This is an absolutely awful way to wake up. Yesterday we were at the top of the world having taken the title, today we’re at an all time low,” says Stuart Hicken, Buildbase BMW team principal. “Having things stolen is a terrible experience, but when it’s something as organized and planned, and extensive, as this, it shocks you to the core.”
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