Short answer is a) I screwed up when a file corrupted and b) I don't know. \
a). I corrupted the template I use for the post and did not repair it completely. Thanks for pointing that out.
b) My guess is that the 2009 calendar is a system thing related to the change in forum versions.
The change over to the new vBulletin system had people dealing with all sorts of things and I decided not to bug them about this. Put a note in my tickle file but has not come up yet.
ThereÔÇÖs plenty to keep fans of the S 1000 RR interested over in Phillip Island this weekend, with a whole host of riders using BMW machinery ÔÇô not just in World Superbikes, but also in the Australian Superbike and Prostock Championships. ...More
Times and rankings special test sessions with a grain of salt with a grain of salt because we don't know what was being tested and how.
1 7 C. CHECA ESP Team Ducati Alstare Ducati Panigale 1199R 1'30.795
2 66 T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'31.508
3 84 M. FABRIZIO ITA Red Devils Roma Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'31.586
4 2 L. CAMIER GBR Fixi Crescent Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'31.588
5 19 C. DAVIES GBR BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK BMW S1000 RR 1'31.600
6 50 S. GUINTOLI FRA Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'31.707
7 34 D. GIUGLIANO ITA Althea Racing Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'31.713
8 91 L. HASLAM GBR Pata Honda World Superbike Honda CBR1000RR 1'31.784
9 33 M. MELANDRI ITA BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK BMW S1000 RR 1'31.827
10 58 E. LAVERTY IRL Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'32.015
11 76 L. BAZ FRA Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'32.028
12 27 M. NEUKIRCHNER GER MR-Racing Ducati Panigale 1199R 1'32.033
13 65 J. REA GBR Pata Honda World Superbike Honda CBR1000RR 1'32.063
14 18 I. CLEMENTI ITA HTM Racing BMW S1000 RR 1'32.107 1.312
15 14 G. ALLERTON AUS Next Gen Motorsports BMW S1000 RR 1'32.757
16 23 F. SANDI ITA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'33.033
17 16 J. CLUZEL FRA Fixi Crescent Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'33.037
18 5 A. LUNDH SWE Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'33.102
19 21 J. STAUFFER AUS Team Honda Racing Honda CBR1000RR 1'33.933
Race 1 ÔÇô Phillip Island
Checa took the pole. He lost his P1 before the end of the first interval of lap one. At the end of the lap he was in P3 behind Laverty and Sykes and just ahead of Melandri and Haslam. Through the first ten laps of the race Checa and Melandri would engage in a serious duel, along with others, until the duel ended in a draw as both riders crashed.
The crash of Melandri and Checa promoted Davies to P6. Davies was fighting with both Kawasaki drivers for position. Sykes had fallen behind him and Baz was ahead. As the race closed Haslam was passed and he was able to hold off the Kawasakis to take P4 in his BMW debut. More importantly he took P2 in the manufacturer hunt.
Guintoli may be number two on the Factory Aprilia depth chart but he was number one in Race 1. The Aprilias remain fast sweeping the Race 1 podium. Tyre management may have made a difference for Laverty's fall from the lead to P2 at the end.
Davies performance is the first plus in the 'Judgement' column. He put in a solid blue collar effort in. He will have to find less speed to have better lap times. Both Davies and Melandri had some of the top trap speeds but with the v2 that does not always translate into fast lap times on an intermediate track such as Phillip Island.
P5 and 6 for the Kawasaki's of Sykes and Baz. I suspect Sykes rode the tires off his bike during his time in the front. Baz may have done the same with Haslam and Davies. They remain on the edge.
Haslam and Rea were next in the finishing order. Rea was a mid-fielder the entire race. Haslam on the other hand was a frequent visitor to the front of the pack. Often when you loose a duel you loose more than one position. Haslam proved the point and fought back running out of time and distance before he could improve his final standing.
Camier's P9 may have had more to do with dealing with traffic than problems with the bikes performance. Phillip Island will not be the true gague of what the team is able of.
Checa's crash was not his first the weekend. How it happened will be an interesting story. Rrible start for Ducati in 2013.
1 6 50 S. GUINTOLI FRA Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory 22 1'31.339 319,5 1'30.683 320,5 25 25 1
2 2 58 E. LAVERTY IRL Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory 22 1.352 1'31.440 315,8 1'30.429 317,6 20 20 2
3 3 84 M. FABRIZIO ITA Red Devils Roma Aprilia RSV4 Factory 22 1.359 1'31.323 320,5 1'30.581 319,5 16 16 3
4 12 19 C. DAVIES GBR BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK BMW S1000 RR 22 5.702 1'31.482 317,6 1'31.870 311,2 13 13 4
5 4 66 T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 22 5.753 1'31.716 315,8 1'30.615 312,1 11 11 5
6 11 76 L. BAZ FRA Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 22 6.769 1'31.495 317,6 1'31.576 310,3 10 10 6
7 8 91 L. HASLAM GBR Pata Honda World Superbike Honda CBR1000RR 22 6.830 1'31.623 308,6 1'30.998 305,9 9 9 7
8 9 65 J. REA GBR Pata Honda World Superbike Honda CBR1000RR 22 17.944 1'32.106 316,7 1'31.742 310,3 8 8 8
9 7 2 L. CAMIER GBR Fixi Crescent Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 22 19.152 1'31.977 308,6 1'30.991 307,7 7 7 9
10 13 27 M. NEUKIRCHNER GER MR-Racing Ducati Panigale 1199R 22 26.557 1'32.300 305,1 1'32.010 304,2 6 6 10
11 17 16 J. CLUZEL FRA Fixi Crescent Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 22 30.305 1'32.420 313,0 1'32.402 309,5 5 5 11
12 15 18 I. CLEMENTI ITA HTM Racing BMW S1000 RR 22 30.411 1'32.266 303,4 1'32.773 304,2 4 4 12
13 18 5 A. LUNDH SWE Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 22 45.185 1'32.906 297,5 1'32.487 296,7 3 3 13
14 16 14 G. ALLERTON AUS Next Gen Motorsports BMW S1000 RR 22 48.632 1'32.975 304,2 1'32.352 300,0 2 2 14
15 14 21 J. STAUFFER AUS Team Honda Racing Honda CBR1000RR 22 53.453 1'32.690 302,5 1'32.353 294,3 1 1 15
16 20 23 F. SANDI ITA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 22 1'22.730 1'34.240 308,6 1'32.898 303,4
17 21 31 V. IANNUZZO ITA Grillini Dentalmatic SBK BMW S1000 RR 18 4 Laps 1'34.034 300,8 1'33.082 302,5
RET 1 7 C. CHECA ESP Team Ducati Alstare Ducati Panigale 1199R 12 10 Laps 1'31.517 311,2 1'30.234 306,8
RET 5 33 M. MELANDRI ITA BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK BMW S1000 RR 12 10 Laps 1'31.338 315,8 1'30.615 318,6
RET 10 34 D. GIUGLIANO ITA Althea Racing Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2 20 Laps 1'32.183 311,2
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FWIW: Forget all the big buck race drivers, the Iron Butt, Dakar and all that. The toughest hard corest (if there is such a word) are London's PTW delivery riders. Those guys and gals are incredible.
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Aprilia gets 1-2-3 at Phillip Island World Superbike Race 1. It's the second time that the manufacturer from Noale monopolise the podium (first one was at Nurburgring last year) with works rider Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia Racing Team) taking his 4th win of the career in his first race onboard the RSV4, ahead of team mate Eugene Laverty.
The race started with Eugene Laverty moving off well from second position, trying to run away from his opponents. The Irishman was able to keep the gap between himself and the rest of the field until he was caught up by Guintoli, who overtook Laverty on lap 15 and led the race until the chequered flag.
Later in the race Laverty had to deal with a confident Michel Fabrizio (Red Devils Roma Aprilia), who closed the gap and had a shot at 2nd place. Laverty waited until the last lap to make the perfect move on the Italian at 'Lukey Heights'. Right outside of top-3 is Chaz Davies (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team) who battled hard with fellow Englishman Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) up to the finish line, to end up ahead of his rival for just 0.016 seconds, with team mate Loris Baz to follow.
After a competitive first part of the race, Leon Haslam (Pata Honda World Superbike) struggled a bit to keep the pace and eventually finished 7th ahead of team mate Jonathan Rea. Two potential contenders for the podium positions got out of the race during lap 13, as Carlos Checa (Team Ducati Alstare), accidentally hit Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team) from behind after outbraking himself, while entering Turn 4.
Checa did not return to compete in Race 2 promoting Sykes to the top of the grid chart for the start of the race. He was able to hold P1 for two laps until Laverty and Guintoli were shown ahead of him as Lap 2 was done.
Farther in the back Baz then Davies went down. Baz was not able to return but Davies did complete the race but way off anyones pace.
Melandri made a late push after pressing the Aprilia pair for most of the race. He moved past laverty with six laps remaining. And began to open a gap on Laverty behind him but was not able to reel in Guintoli ahead.
With two laps remaing Laverty turned in a new fast lap. In short order he made his way past Melandri then Guintoli to take the flag.
1 2 58 E. LAVERTY IRL Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory 22 1'31.168 317,6 1'30.429 317,6 20 25 45 1
2 6 50 S. GUINTOLI FRA Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory 22 0.418 1'31.506 315,8 1'30.683 320,5 25 20 45 2
3 5 33 M. MELANDRI ITA BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK BMW S1000 RR 22 1.382 1'31.549 316,7 1'30.615 318,6 16 16 5
4 3 84 M.FABRIZIO ITA Red Devils Roma Aprilia RSV4 Factory 22 2.282 1'31.517 317,6 1'30.581 319,5 16 13 29 3
5 4 66 T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 22 11.545 1'31.856 314,9 1'30.615 312,1 11 11 22 4
6 10 34 D. GIUGLIANO ITA Althea Racing Aprilia RSV4 Factory 22 12.508 1'31.830 314,9 1'31.283 309,5 10 10 12
12 16 14 G. ALLERTON AUS Next Gen Motorsports BMW S1000 RR 22 42.809 1'33.082 297,5 1'32.352 300,0 2 4 6 14
13 14 21 J. STAUFFER AUS Team Honda Racing Honda CBR1000RR 22 42.893 1'33.221 294,3 1'32.353 294,3 1 3 4 16
14 20 23 F. SANDI ITA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 22 44.899 1'32.640 304,2 1'32.898 303,4 2 2 18
15 18 5 A. LUNDH SWE Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 22 57.824 1'33.302 295,9 1'32.487 296,7 3 1 4 17
16 21 31 V. IANNUZZO ITA Grillini Dentalmatic SBK BMW S1000 RR 22 1'22.574 1'33.693 303,4 1'33.082 302,5
17 12 19 C. DAVIES GBR BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK BMW S1000 RR 20 2 Laps 1'32.007 314,0 1'31.870 311,2 13 13 10
RET 15 18 I. CLEMENTI ITA HTM Racing BMW S1000 RR 11 11 Laps 1'32.609 304,2 1'32.773 304,2 4 4 15
RET 11 76 L. BAZ FRA Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 0 1'31.576 310,3 10 10 13
fim-live.com: Laverty the first leader
FWIW: Guintoli won the first race so he would technically be the first leader but Laverty won the second race and thus is the leader after the Phillip Island Round so the FIM is right in their world and when you are rule maker you win but that was Laverty and Guintoli but the FIM gets the final word and as the last winner they make Laverty the first leader. I am so confused.
The Game is Afoot | Solving the 2013 WSBK Manufacturer Championship Mystery
For fans of Sherlock Holmes the phase ÔÇ£The game is afootÔÇØ instantly conjures up vivid images. In my mindÔÇÖs eye I see Holmes transforming from a sullen man sitting in his lodgings at 221B Baker Street discussing crime, or the lack of it, into one vibrant with the sense of purpose. In a flurry he recounts his initial outline of the crime as Watson and I, the reader, try to catch up with Holmes on the way to the scene of the crime and then the uncovering of the crimes solution for the rest of the book.
In most mysteries we are taken to the scene of the crime after it has happened. There the detectives try to discern what their initial view of the scene and subsequent investigation tells them as they attempt to solve the mystery. Who will win the 2013 WSBK Manufacturer Championship is a multi chapter mystery. In the first chapter we are taken to Phillip Island Australia where we are confronted with the standings after Race 1 and 2 of the first round of the 2013 season.
This is the Manufacturer table after the end of the round in rank order, showing points won in the round and the +/- compared to last year after Round 1. I plan on presenting the standings in this manner through the season.
The idea of rank ordering is fairly intuitive particularly when the points used to determine the ranking are included. In this case, unlike golf where the player with the fewest strokes wins, here the more points the higher your ranking. How each team scored the points is not as intuitive and adds more layers to our mystery as a result. Lets look at the three main headings in the 2013 FIM Codes and Regulations for World Superbike rule: 1.30 Championship Points and Classifications.
Riders and Constructors will compete for the FIM Road Racing World *World Championship Superbike or Supersport or the FIM Superstock Cup.
For riders, the points will be those gained in each race.
For constructors, only the highest placed rider of a Constructor will gain points, according to the position in the race.
The next section outlines the positions receiving points and the points allocated for them. For example P1=25pts, P2=20pts, P3=16pts and P4=13pts. Points are awarded in ever diminishing amounts to P15=1. The rules go on dealing with a variety of possible outcomes and issues. For now we can apply this paragraphÔÇÖs opening sentence to understanding our mysteryÔÇÖs opening scene.
Aprilia scored fifty points using the points for different riders in each race. Guintoli won Race 1 and 25 pts for P1, Laverty won Race 2 and 25 pts for P1 in that race and together gave Aprilia 50 pts for the round.
BMW riders were the second manufacturer across the finish line in both races. They did not score 40 points for P2 but the points for where the riders were in the standings when they did. Davies finished Race 1 second in the manufacture race but P4 in the rider standings thus scoring 13 pts for BMW. Melandri came across second in the Race 2 manufacture race but in P3 in the rider standings and scored 16 pts for the team. *
I have included the plus or minus as one way of measuring progress compared to last year. Ducati is the biggest loser this round using that measure. The other Ducati riders on the grid were not able to make up for his loss. That takes us to a discussion of the concept of scoring points and denying points to your opponents. LetÔÇÖs save that for another time and end here.
I want to dig further into the clues the Round 1 results give us to our mystery of who will win the WSBK Manufacturer Championship. Before we tackle scoring and denying points lets compare some numbers from ChecaÔÇÖs incredible 2011 season with and 2013 at Phillip Island. This will expand in the real world some of the themes to watch in 2013 I mentioned before. Next time: BMW Goldbet and the Goldilocks Solution.
pirelli.com: The new 17 inch Pirelli Diablo Superbike tyres did not disappoint expectations in the first round of the season allowing the riders to significantly increase their lap times compared to 2012
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Lets continue our detective work into Solving the 2013 WSBK Manufacturer Championship Mystery by digging a bit deeper into the numbers from both the 2011 and 2013 Phillip Island Rounds. The goal here is, not so much to solve the mystery, but *to understand [i]racing pace[i] a bit better. Hopefully In the process we will better understand how the 2013 usual suspects perform and score a bit better. To do this I want you to look at best laps, maximum speeds and gap to leader at the end of the race for three riders in two seasons.
Street sport riders are fond of talking about ÔÇÿThe PaceÔÇÖ. This was an idea put forward some years ago in Sport Rider Magazine. In simple terms it is heading out to your favorite twisties, staying in your lane, staying within the speed limit while working on carving the perfect line. The goal is alacrity not raw speed as you ride the straights and through the turns.
In road racing Racing Pace is balancing the racing demand for speed with this idea of carrying speed through the twisties to make you faster overall. In 2011 at Phillip Island Checa began a spectacular championship season that confounded writers that did not understand this idea of racing pace. Checa consistently turned lower top speeds and often slower lap times than the competition but the level consistency of his racing pace confounded the competition. They were faster at times but it was when they were done fighting among each other behind Checa as he motored away.
With the 2012 version of the same package Checa had very different results. I believe if you look at his numbers alone you can argue his ÔÇÿPaceÔÇÖ may have been the same; however, he had lost relative speed to the competition and his ÔÇÿRacing PaceÔÇÖ could not offset their improvements in combining speed and handling.
Now look at some of the evidence numbers three of our suspects left behind at the 2013 Phillip Island Round
If you are scratching your head after looking at the 2013 numbers it is because you have dandruff and not because they tell some unexpected story. The lap times fall in the way one would expect given the positions of the riders. Top speeds are not all that different and offer no real indicator of position. The gap to leader is not out of the range of what you would expect. In the case of Davies you might be impressed given his drive to within six seconds of the leader at the end of the race began from a distant P9 at the end of lap one with many very good riders to pass. What makes these numbers interesting is how they were put together. To understand that you will have to accept information from my race notes and the observations from them.
In 2012 I would watch Melandri on live timing tracking the gap between the rider in front and the rider behind. Watching these numbers I could see him set up Biaggi, Sykes and others and then predict with some accuracy where and when he would pass.
Like the riders, by race two I had overcome my frenetic feeling of Race 1 and settled in to a more comfortable Race 2 form. I began watching MelandriÔÇÖs gap times to see if and when he might make a move. At the start finish line on one lap he had narrowed the gap to the leader to 0.2887 seconds. Certainly he would reel in the competition on that lap or the next. To my surprise they had opened the lead to perhaps 0.488 seconds by the third interval only to have Melandri narrow the gap in that bit of straight stuff before the start finish line once again.
If you remember my World Superbike theme thread the potential of the new crop of Aprilia riders to harness the speed and with their handling skills combine the two and secure another championship in the process. This is only the first round yet the Aprilia riders seem to be the early leaders in defining Racing Pace using this limited set of data.
BMW Goldbet is not far off when you think of in Goldilocks terms. Aprilia found a solution that was just right for both races and scored maximum points in the process. BMW found a solution that I suggest was just too fast. They found the speed but not the pace; therefore, came in behind Aprilia because they were too fast. The rest of the field had a combined racing pace that was just too slow no matter how the two elements were balanced to deal with Aprilia or BMW.
This is a serial mystery and we only have results from the first round. Teams are on their way home to prepare for the next round. They will tweak and work on many things. Next time we will look at The Ideal Lap as one way to predict how these suspects will do in the next race.
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I had a Road Runner, think I would have like this as much.
NHTSA Recall ID No. 13V041000 : Lotus
Dated: JAN 29, 2013 Lotus is recalling certain model year 2007-2008 Elise and Exige vehicles manufactured from December 1, 2006, through October 31, 2007. The oil cooler line may become detached from its fitting.
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FWIW ÔÇô Maybe, but I am thinking I might look for at a drop top RR.
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The bike and riders look good too
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FWIW: So will BMW every join the 250/500 ranks with a cut down RR engine variant?
RECALL : Transport Canada Recall # 2013073 BMW R1200GS 2013
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The engine of this extraordinary motorcycle is the work of independent engineer H L 'Bert' Fruin of Hillingdon, Middlesex, who constructed a series of technically interesting 'specials' in the 1950s and 1960s, including a DOHC 125cc twin-cylinder racer and a modular V4/V8 engine. Proprietor of H L Fruin Motorcycles in Hillingdon, Bert began competing on his Italian Demm-based 50cc two-stroke Dartela racers in the late 1950s and rode them at the Isle of Man TT in 1962 and 1963, retiring on both occasions. The first Fruin-built 200cc Four was featured in The Motor Cycle magazine (3rd May 1962 edition, copy on file), which also revealed his plans for future multi-cylinder 'strokers'.
Designed to accommodate Demm top-ends and later NSU Quickly components, Bert's four-cylinder engine was sold in kit form as a crankcase and set of crankshaft blueprints at a cost in 1961 of ?ú16. The engine of the machine offered here was built by engineer Mike Smith of Waltham Abbey, Essex around 1965 and uses NSU cylinders and heads. It was fitted with Wal Philips fuel injectors initially and then Dell'Orto carburettors. Smith housed the Fruin engine in an MV Agusta rolling chassis fitted with Royal Enfield forks and Gilera hubs. Power reached the ground via a Villiers four-speed close-ratio gearbox. Motor Cycling magazine featured Smith's Fruin Four in its 24th July 1965 edition (copy available). The Fruin proved un-competitive in 250 class so Smith used it mainly for sprinting.
At some time in the 1980s Mike Smith sold the Fruin to Kevin Burton, who in turn passed it on to Tony Milk of New Costessey, Norfolk. In 1999 Mark Turner of Track & Classics, Stockport bought the bike from Tony Milk who had advertised it for sale in Old Bike Mart (copy on file). It is understood that the Fruin was run but never raced by Milk. Mark Turner made a new fuel tank and re-commissioned the Fruin, which was run at his shop in Stockport and again at a classic motorcycle event at Elvington Air Museum (see correspondence on file). While in Mark Turner's ownership the Fruin was the subject of an article in Classic Bike Guide (March 2000 edition, copy available).
Turner then sold the Fruin to a collector, from whom it was purchased by the current vendor and restored in 2009. Refurbishment included rebuilding the engine and gearbox, repainting the frame and fuel tank, re-plating the brightwork, overhauling the carburettors and float bowls, and rebuilding the wheels. The electrics remain original and un-restored. Following its restoration the Fruin was displayed on the Carole Nash stand at the NEC, Birmingham and also at the Stafford Show.
?ú8,000 - 10,000
Ôé¼9,600 - 12,000
US$ 12,000 - 16,000
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