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    SBK

    worldsbk.com: 25 years of World Superbike Hodgson and Crafar



    twowheelblog.com: Brett McCormick to return to racing in 2-3 months

    WORLDSBK: 2012 Race Calendar | Championship Standings Rider / Manufacturer

    motogp

    motogp.com: MotoGP stars prview Jerez race Thursday press conference

    bbc.co.uk: Stoner targets maiden Jerez win

    bbc.co.uk: Steve Parish on arm problems, Casey Stoner & Jerez

    bikesportnews.com: Stoner brands new tyre allocation ridiculous

    bikesportnews.com: Rossi denies thoughts of quitting Ducati early

    supebikeplanet.com Theman with the peculiar riding style

    MotoGP Videos: Yamaha Preview Spain , Yamaha Technical Preview Spain


    motogp: 2012 race calendar | Results and Statistics


    Formula 1

    bbc.co.uk: Red Bull lost confidence

    formula1.com: Protection bracket are roll-hoops the future

    huffingtonpost.co.uk: Is Alonso obscuring Ferrari's bigger issues?

    Formula 1: 2012 Race Calendar | Results Season/Team/Driver
    fia.com: 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship - Race Information & Event Starting Times for the 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship


    Other Racing

    Next weekend sees the spectacular Monterosato di Fermo circuit play host to the third round of the motocross world championship. The Husqvarna Motocross Team By Ricci Racing will be hoping for a repetition at home of the fine performance put on at the Bulgarian GP. Hopes for the two races are high for Alessandro Lupino in ...MORE

    fim-live.com: Riders with the greatest number of FIM world championship titles



    indycar.com: Drivers talk about Sao Paulo



    On the Street

    ultimatemotorcyling.com: BikeMaster Tools | Motorcycle parts washer

    webbikeworld.com: Midland BT Next Intercom review

    visordown.com: German courts ban outlaw jackets

    motorcyclistonline.com: 2012 Triumph Tiger 800 XC | Doin' time

    motoblog.it: Moto Morini the bike will only be sold online from 30 April

    cyrilhuzeblog.com: Sturgis Motorcycle Rally inc. tradmarks WalMart added to lawsuit

    cyrilhuzeblog.com: Jesse James new tv show series New West Cost Choppers

    cpsc.gov: Kawasaki USA recalls recreational off-highway vehicles







    The Mothership





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    Reference::

    BMW MOA 2012 International Rally

    SBK
    2012 FIM Superbike Championship Calendar

    FIM

    Changes to the FIM Superbike, Supersport and Superstock regulations for 2012:
    Some more details of changes to the championship regulations were delivered by the FIM in a press release.

    FIM: Official Documents
    Link to the current year official documents for all classes and search tool for other years.

    FIA Regulations Formula 1 World Championship

    WEATHER
    US:
    http://www.weather.gov/ | NOAA's National Weather Service
    Select to go to the NWS homepage. National Weather Service - or - Follow the National Weather Service on FaceBook

    http://www.weather.com | Sedalia, MO 65301

    CA:
    http://www.weatheroffice.gc.ca/canada_e.html

    ROAD CONDITIONS
    US:
    http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/trafficinfo/ : National Traffic and Road Closure Information
    511 - America's Traveler Information Telephone Number; Construction Related; Local and State Transit Links; Traffic Conditions; Regional Links; Weather/Road ...

    CA:
    http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/drivebc_supp/canada_map.htm :
    Canada Road Condition Information: Links to provincial highway condition websites across Canada..

    Shameless Trolling For Touring Tips

    NHTSA.dot.gov Vehicle Recalls RSS

    Governor's Highway Safety Association. ghsa.orgHighway safety law charts

    SportRider.com: Motorcycle Riding Skills Series Street bike and motorcycle riding skills techniques articles at Sport Rider

    BMW-Motorrad.com: Service
    Electronic Parts Catalogue
    Download Manuals
    Breakdown Dictionary
    Tyre Options
    Tips
    Before every journeyǪ
    Before a log tripǪ
    Before winterǪ
    How to clean your motorcycle

    ascycles.com: BMW Motorcycle Service and Maintenance Schedules

    mic.org: Motorcycle Industry Council | Tire Guide 2011.pdf

    Gasbuddy.com: Search for local gas prices along your trip route.

    pure-gas.org: Ethanol-free gas stations in the U.S. And Canada

    Cycle-ergo.com motorcycle ergonomic simulator.

    Video: BMW Final Drive Disassembly

    Woot of the Day

    MSF Motorcycle Operators Manual

    QOD: How should riders in a group formation pass an automobile? http://t.co/fXoM9Rfr


    Bike Candy


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    Race Update: MotoGP - Spanish Grand Prix - Jerez

    Friday, 27 April 2012

    motogp

    MotoGP.com:
    Free Practice 1 a washout at Jerez

    Pedrosa takes top honors in Free Practice 2

    motomatters.com: Friday press release roundup

    ducatic.com: VALENTINO ROSSI THIRD IN SPANISH FREE PRACTICE, NICKY HAYDEN SIXTH

    yamaha: Damp start to Jerez GP


    motogp: 2012 race calendar | Results and Statistics

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    SBK



    WORLDSBK: 2012 Race Calendar | Championship Standings Rider / Manufacturer

    motogp

    The rain in Spain stays mainly on the track - weather.com

    facebook: Wind and rain can't stop NGM Mobile Forward Racing Team

    Not all work at Jerez


    motogp: 2012 race calendar | Results and Statistics


    Formula 1

    formula1.com: Inside line on McLaren's Lewis Hamilton

    jamesallenonf1.com: Pirelli responds to fans criticism that tyres are too big an influence on racing

    telegraph.co.uk: It's time to stop dealing with Bahrain



    Formula 1: 2012 Race Calendar | Results Season/Team/Driver
    fia.com: 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship - Race Information & Event Starting Times for the 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship


    Other Racing



    On the Street

    dealernews.com: BMW recalls S1000RR - See the Mothership

    asphaltandrubber.com: Man sues BMW for causing an erection – No seriously

    cycleworld.com: Annual Ride Your Bike To Work Day is June 18th

    fim-live.com: International female rider day

    cyrilhuzeblog.com: Fusion stye cafe racer by Metro Motorbike

    ultimatemotorcycling.com: BMW GS off road riding skills DVD review

    indiancarsbikes.in: Piaggio India is looking to launch a mass market scooter and high end premium Moto Guzzi motorcycles

    motorcyclenews.com: School tells pupil to stop riding or we'll expel you





    The Mothership

    NHTSA Recall Campaign No. 12V177000


    Vehicle Make / Model
    : BMW / S 1000 RR
    ***
    Model Year(s): 2012

    Manufacturer:*BMW OF NORTH AMERICA, LLC
    Mfr's Report Date:*APR 19, 2012
    NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number:*12V177000
    NHTSA Action Number:*N/A

    Component
    :*ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING:ENGINE

    Potential Number of Units Affected:*1,414
    Summary:*
    *BMW IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2012 S1000RR MOTORCYCLES, MANUFACTURED FROM SEPTEMBER 1, 2011, THROUGH APRIL 10, 2012. DUE TO A MANUFACTURING PROCESS ERROR, THE CONNECTING ROD BOLTS MAY BECOME LOOSE DURING HIGH ENGINE TEMPERATURES AND/OR HIGH ENGINE OPERATING SPEEDS WHICH COULD RESULT IN CATASTROPHIC ENGINE DAMAGE.

    Consequence:*
    *IN THE EVENT OF ENGINE DAMAGE, ESCAPING OIL COULD CAUSE HANDLING ISSUES, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.

    Remedy:*
    *BMW WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE CONNECTING ROD BOLTS FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING MAY 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BMW CUSTOMER RELATIONS AND SERVICES AT*************1-800-525-7417******.

    Notes:*
    *CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT*************1-888-327-4236*******(TTY:*************1-800-424-9153******); OR GO TO
    HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.

    Related Recall document Search

    tc.gc.ca: Transport Canada and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission also issued a recalls. At this time these are the only recalls of this model that I am aware of.




    Munich.*In August 1985, a rumour surfaced in motor magazine*Auto-Deutschland*which emanated from a new sports car. An A Group Car from BMW that was a thoroughbred racing car according to the rules but was also to be produced in a version licensed to drive on open roads for everyday use. Speculation about this dream car that could take to normal roads and was intended for the “Most dynamic among BMW 3 Series drivers” was right on target. But the pundits missed the mark about the motor-sport car by a mile on one prediction: They were convinced that anyone who “wants to be a key player in the A Team needs to be turbocharged under the bonnet”. Not true. The BMW M3 had a naturally aspirated engine. And it became the most successful touring car in the history of BMW. ...MORE


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    roadandtrack.com: Enzo Ferrari Museum opens


    FWIW

    Transport Canada Defects and Investigations has a search enabled recall data bases. Transport Canada Recalls Database, along with Vehicle Owner Service Agency (VOSA) Vehicle Recalls – UK government recall database site and Australian Competition and Consumer Commission: Car and Motorcycle recall site will be added to the Reference Library.


















    Reference::

    BMW MOA 2012 International Rally

    SBK
    2012 FIM Superbike Championship Calendar

    FIM

    Changes to the FIM Superbike, Supersport and Superstock regulations for 2012:
    Some more details of changes to the championship regulations were delivered by the FIM in a press release.

    FIM: Official Documents
    Link to the current year official documents for all classes and search tool for other years.

    FIA Regulations – Formula 1 World Championship

    WEATHER
    US:
    http://www.weather.gov/ | NOAA's National Weather Service
    Select to go to the NWS homepage. National Weather Service - or - Follow the National Weather Service on FaceBook

    http://www.weather.com | Sedalia, MO 65301

    CA:
    http://www.weatheroffice.gc.ca/canada_e.html

    ROAD CONDITIONS
    US:
    http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/trafficinfo/ : National Traffic and Road Closure Information
    511 - America's Traveler Information Telephone Number; Construction Related; Local and State Transit Links; Traffic Conditions; Regional Links; Weather/Road ...

    CA:
    http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/drivebc_supp/canada_map.htm :
    Canada Road Condition Information: Links to provincial highway condition websites across Canada..

    Shameless Trolling For Touring Tips

    NHTSA.dot.gov Vehicle Recalls RSS

    Transport Canada Recalls Database

    Vehicle Owner Service Agency (VOSA) Vehicle Recalls – UK government recall database site

    Australian Competition and Consumer Commission: Car and Motorcycle recall site.

    Governor's Highway Safety Association. ghsa.orgHighway safety law charts

    SportRider.com: Motorcycle Riding Skills Series – Street bike and motorcycle riding skills techniques articles at Sport Rider

    BMW-Motorrad.com: Service
    Electronic Parts Catalogue
    Download Manuals
    Breakdown Dictionary
    Tyre Options
    Tips
    Before every journey…
    Before a log trip…
    Before winter…
    How to clean your motorcycle

    ascycles.com: BMW Motorcycle Service and Maintenance Schedules

    mic.org: Motorcycle Industry Council | Tire Guide 2011.pdf

    Gasbuddy.com: Search for local gas prices along your trip route.

    pure-gas.org: Ethanol-free gas stations in the U.S. And Canada

    Cycle-ergo.com motorcycle ergonomic simulator.

    Video: BMW Final Drive Disassembly

    Woot of the Day

    MSF Motorcycle Operators Manual

    QOD: What is the biggest cause of crashes involving a single motorcycle? http://t.co/zBOHQi9P


    Bike Candy

    From the PressClub Archives: BMW R 1200 ST









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    Race Update: Qualifying Jerez GP

    motogp

    In the final Jerez GP practice session Pedrosa was maestro de la lluvia but Lorenzo took the pole.


    motogp: 2012 race calendar | Results and Statistics

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    Racing Update: Sunday, 29 April Jerez GP

    MotoGP

    Stoner takes his first ever Jerez GP victory defeating Lorenzo in a race long struggle

    Pedrosa lead the warm up session and the first laps of the race before teammate Stoner took the lead and and would not relinquish it for the rest of the race.

    Grid
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    Lap Chart
    Analysis
    Fast Lap Sequence
    Fast Lap by Rider

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    Monday, 30 April


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    SBK

    worldsbk.com: Russia makes first real mark with Leonov

    WORLDSBK: 2012 Race Calendar | Championship Standings Rider / Manufacturer
    LeonHaslam.com, MarcoMelandri.co.uk, BMW Motorrad Motorsports.com, AlphaRaccing.com


    motogp

    motogp.com: Win for Stoner another podium for Pedrosa

    motogp.com: Strong second for Lorenzo

    yamaha-motor.co: Strong showing for Lorenzo and Crutchlow
    FWIW: Spies is listed way down in the post. How hot is his seat getting with this bad showing in Jerez?
    crash.net: Ben Spies dismisses Dovizioso speculaiton

    bbc.co.uk: Steve Parish colum – Crtuchlow was brilliant again

    fim-live.com: Hayden Rossi eight and ninth in Jerez


    motogp: 2012 race calendar | Results and Statistics
    SuterRacing.com, NGM Forward Racing Team



    Formula 1

    telegraph.co.uk: F1 flotation booste by ?4.4bn 'guarantee'




    Formula 1: 2012 Race Calendar | Results Season/Team/Driver
    fia.com: 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship - Race Information & Event Starting Times for the 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship


    Other Racing

    indycar.com: Sao Power : driver wins third in a row in Brazil



    reuters.com: Loeb takes 70th World Rally victory

    On the Street

    cyrilhuzeblog.com: How to tune and modify your motorcycle engine | Book review

    dealernews.com: How to cover yourself in a legal case

    hotmbikeweb.com: Double your pleasure | Harley's new Dyna Switchback

    motorcycledaily.com: Cool Buell mods fall victim to corporate caprice



    motorcyclisonline.com: Doin' Time – 2011 Suzuki GSX-R750

    thekneeslider.com: Gasoline or electric – Why not both?

    webbikeworld.com: KBC VR4R helmet review





    The Mothership

    BMW MOTORRAD ITALIA GOLDBET SBK TEAM - MONZA - CIV STOCK 1000
    29.04.2012
    The*BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet Superbike Team*has successfully taken part in the third event of the 2012 Campionato Italiano Velocit? at Monza with, as wild-cards, the two full time SuperStock 1000 class riders Sylvain Barrier and Lorenzo Baroni. This event gave the team the perfect chance to prepare for the official FIM Superstock 1000 Cup round, that will take place next weekend at the same track....MORE

    FWIW




    Reference::

    BMW MOA 2012 International Rally

    SBK
    2012 FIM Superbike Championship Calendar

    FIM

    Changes to the FIM Superbike, Supersport and Superstock regulations for 2012:
    Some more details of changes to the championship regulations were delivered by the FIM in a press release.

    FIM: Official Documents
    Link to the current year official documents for all classes and search tool for other years.

    FIA Regulations – Formula 1 World Championship

    WEATHER
    US:
    http://www.weather.gov/ | NOAA's National Weather Service
    Select to go to the NWS homepage. National Weather Service - or - Follow the National Weather Service on FaceBook

    http://www.weather.com | Sedalia, MO 65301

    CA:
    http://www.weatheroffice.gc.ca/canada_e.html

    ROAD CONDITIONS
    US:
    http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/trafficinfo/ : National Traffic and Road Closure Information
    511 - America's Traveler Information Telephone Number; Construction Related; Local and State Transit Links; Traffic Conditions; Regional Links; Weather/Road ...

    CA:
    http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/drivebc_supp/canada_map.htm :
    Canada Road Condition Information: Links to provincial highway condition websites across Canada..

    Shameless Trolling For Touring Tips

    NHTSA.dot.gov Vehicle Recalls RSS Feed

    NHTSA recall database allows searches o safety-related complaints about motor vehicles and equipment by make, model and year.

    Transport Canada Recalls Database

    Vehicle Owner Service Agency (VOSA) Vehicle Recalls – UK government recall database site

    Australian Competition and Consumer Commission: Car and Motorcycle recall site.

    Governor's Highway Safety Association. ghsa.orgHighway safety law charts

    SportRider.com: Motorcycle Riding Skills Series – Street bike and motorcycle riding skills techniques articles at Sport Rider

    BMW-Motorrad.com: Service
    Electronic Parts Catalogue
    Download Manuals
    Breakdown Dictionary
    Tyre Options
    Tips
    Before every journey…
    Before a log trip…
    Before winter…
    How to clean your motorcycle

    ascycles.com: BMW Motorcycle Service and Maintenance Schedules

    mic.org: Motorcycle Industry Council | Tire Guide 2011.pdf

    Gasbuddy.com: Search for local gas prices along your trip route.

    pure-gas.org: Ethanol-free gas stations in the U.S. And Canada

    Cycle-ergo.com motorcycle ergonomic simulator.

    Video: BMW Final Drive Disassembly

    Woot of the Day

    MSF Motorcycle Operators Manual

    TIP: Hard braking should only be done with your bike straight up. Don't lock your elbows under hard braking. http://t.co/ZWxeceol

    QOD: Which of the following should your motorcycle passenger always do? http://t.co/1fwjGROd


    Bike Candy




    Ruby, an R80 Cafe project from Paris






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    gpone.com: Happy Birthday World Superbike



    SBK

    BMW Motorrad Motorsport - WSBK - Monza Preview
    Munich/Stephanskirchen, 30th April 2012. Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport is preparing for its second Italian outing in the 2012 FIM Superbike World Championship. The fourth race weekend of the season is scheduled for this weekend (4th to 6th May) at the ǣAutodromo Nazionale di Monza (ITA). After three strong opening rounds, the team is looking to challenge at the very front of the field again with its two factory riders, the Italian local hero Marco Melandri and Britains Leon Haslam. ...MORE

    BMW MOTORRAD ITALIA GOLDBET SBK TEAM - MONZA - CIV STOCK 1000
    29.04.2012
    The*BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet Superbike Team*has successfully taken part in the third event of the 2012 Campionato Italiano Velocit? at Monza with, as wild-cards, the two full time SuperStock 1000 class riders Sylvain Barrier and Lorenzo Baroni. This event gave the team the perfect chance to prepare for the official FIM Superstock 1000 Cup round, that will take place next weekend at the same track....MORE


    cbc.ca: Brett McCormick returns to Saskatoon

    worldsbk.com: Breakthrough win for Guintoli and Czech team at Assen

    WORLDSBK: 2012 Race Calendar | Championship Standings Rider / Manufacturer
    LeonHaslam.com, MarcoMelandri.co.uk, BMW Motorrad Motorsports.com, AlphaRaccing.com


    motogp

    bikesportnews.com: Jerez uphill battle for Edwards

    motogp.com: Bridgestone tyre review - Jerez

    speedtv.com: Another bad day at the office for Spies

    visordown.com: Lorenzo wouldn't mind having Rossi back

    motomatters.com: Sunday notes rising stars

    MotoGP Official video highlight podcast Jerez

    motogp: 2012 race calendar | Results and Statistics
    SuterRacing.com, NGM Forward Racing Team



    Formula 1

    formula1.com: Testing times in Tuscany Mugello preview

    bbc.co.uk: Ferrari prepare for critical Mugello test

    speedtv.com: B Ferrari not ready yet

    reuters.com: Out of the blue Sauber does Chelsea deal

    Formula 1: 2012 Race Calendar | Results Season/Team/Driver
    fia.com: 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship - Race Information & Event Starting Times for the 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship


    Other Racing

    husqvarna-motorcycles.com: GREAT SIXTH PLACE FOR LUPINO AT THE ITALIAN MX GP





    indycar.com: Power on a roll sets sights on Indy win




    On the Street

    tribune-democrat.com: Motorcycle Safety Awareness Day set for May 12

    santacruzsentinel.com: Ramona Turner Street Smarts while riding a motorcycle

    asphaltandrubber.com: Motorcycle from Japanese tsunami washes up on the shore of Canada

    cycleworld.com: Victory Cross Country long term test update

    dealernews.com: Tennessee motorcycle dealership urges lawmakers to consider graduated licensing

    motorcycle.com: Charley Boormans BMW R1200GS Adventure stolen and recovered

    jsonline.com: Willie G. Davidson says Harley's Nova bike wasn't quite ready

    ultimatemotorcycling.com: AMA Legends Weekend registration open







    The Mothership

    Lausitzring comes hot on the heels of Hockenheim: BMW gearing up for stage two of its DTM comeback....MORE

    BMW Group Mexico participa en el 28?? Festival de M?xico...MORE

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    FWIW::














    Reference::

    BMW MOA 2012 International Rally

    SBK
    2012 FIM Superbike Championship Calendar

    FIM

    Changes to the FIM Superbike, Supersport and Superstock regulations for 2012:
    Some more details of changes to the championship regulations were delivered by the FIM in a press release.

    FIM: Official Documents
    Link to the current year official documents for all classes and search tool for other years.

    FIA Regulations Formula 1 World Championship

    WEATHER
    US:
    http://www.weather.gov/ | NOAA's National Weather Service
    Select to go to the NWS homepage. National Weather Service - or - Follow the National Weather Service on FaceBook

    http://www.weather.com | Sedalia, MO 65301

    CA:
    http://www.weatheroffice.gc.ca/canada_e.html

    ROAD CONDITIONS
    US:
    http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/trafficinfo/ : National Traffic and Road Closure Information
    511 - America's Traveler Information Telephone Number; Construction Related; Local and State Transit Links; Traffic Conditions; Regional Links; Weather/Road ...

    CA:
    http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/drivebc_supp/canada_map.htm :
    Canada Road Condition Information: Links to provincial highway condition websites across Canada..

    Shameless Trolling For Touring Tips

    NHTSA.dot.gov Vehicle Recalls RSS Feed

    NHTSA recall database allows searches o safety-related complaints about motor vehicles and equipment by make, model and year.

    Transport Canada Recalls Database

    Vehicle Owner Service Agency (VOSA) Vehicle Recalls UK government recall database site

    Australian Competition and Consumer Commission: Car and Motorcycle recall site.

    Governor's Highway Safety Association. ghsa.orgHighway safety law charts

    SportRider.com: Motorcycle Riding Skills Series Street bike and motorcycle riding skills techniques articles at Sport Rider

    BMW-Motorrad.com: Service
    Electronic Parts Catalogue
    Download Manuals
    Breakdown Dictionary
    Tyre Options
    Tips
    Before every journeyǪ
    Before a log tripǪ
    Before winterǪ
    How to clean your motorcycle

    ascycles.com: BMW Motorcycle Service and Maintenance Schedules

    mic.org: Motorcycle Industry Council | Tire Guide 2011.pdf

    Gasbuddy.com: Search for local gas prices along your trip route.

    pure-gas.org: Ethanol-free gas stations in the U.S. And Canada

    Cycle-ergo.com motorcycle ergonomic simulator.

    Video: BMW Final Drive Disassembly

    Woot of the Day

    MSF Motorcycle Operators Manual

    QOD: When do most crashes happen? http://t.co/GY3wxhQO


    Bike Candy


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    SBK

    worldsbk.com; From the cathedral to the temple of speed

    gpone.com: Chili ǣBMW can win at Monza

    WORLDSBK: 2012 Race Calendar | Championship Standings Rider / Manufacturer
    LeonHaslam.com, MarcoMelandri.co.uk, BMW Motorrad Motorsports.com, AlphaRaccing.com


    motogp

    visordown.com: Yamaha door not closed to Rossi

    motorcycldaily.com: Who is Cal Crutchlow and why is he going so fast

    motogp.com: Edwards caught out by lack of dry time

    motogp.com: Ellison denied first points by mechanical issue

    bikesportnews.com: Arm pump surgery not yet an option for Stoner

    asphaltandrubber.com: No MotoGP rev limit until 2014

    motogp: 2012 race calendar | Results and Statistics
    SuterRacing.com, NGM Forward Racing Team



    Formula 1

    formula1.com: Mugello day 1 Alonso heads a rain hit day one

    thef1times.com: Raikkonen to miss out on Mugello test

    sportal.com.au: Webber linked with Ferrari

    Formula 1: 2012 Race Calendar | Results Season/Team/Driver
    fia.com: 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship - Race Information & Event Starting Times for the 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship


    Other Racing



    indycar.com: Heat index : Servia making up ground in a hurry

    topspeed.com: Testing of the TS030 Hybrid resumes


    On the Street

    asphalandrubber.com: BMW erection lawsuit mea culpa

    acem.eu: First quarter of 2012 disappoints expectations

    motorcyclisonline.com: Yamaha T-Max Scooter First ride

    cyrilhuzeblog.com: May is motorcycle safety awareness month

    cycleworld.com: Enduro Tool Kit 101

    vancouversun.com: B.C. Beefs up motorcycle safety related laws

    meadvilletribune.com: Sales of on road motorcycles finally revving up



    The Mothership

    BMW Group U.S. Reports April 2012 Sales
    BMW brand up 15.7 percent year-to-date
    MINI brand up 6.0 percent year-to-date
    Woodcliff Lake, NJ May 1, 2012Ǫ**The BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) reported April sales of 26,793 vehicles, an increase of 6.1 percent from the 25,247 vehicles sold in the same month a year ago.* Year-to-date, BMW Group is up 13.7% on sales of 102,522 in the first four months of 2012 compared to 90,204 in the same period in 2011....MORE




    Cage World

    gizmag.com: Dual mode transport trend continues



    FWIW

    From the May ACEM Newsletter

    Editorial ACEM The Motorcycle Industry in Europe

    Dear Reader,
    the EU needs to swiftly acknowledge the full extent of the crisis in the motorcycle sector, preventing the enduring decline of European markets from translating into deeper changes in the production structure.

    It is essential to translate the EU2020 objectives into realistic policies ensuring growth for Europe's ailing businesses and maintaining a globally competitive European manufacturing sector.

    ACEM has called on EU policymakers to pay more attention to the motorcycle industry. As recession is plaguing the economies in major EU countries and threatening jobs and investments, there is a real need for a long term visionary but realistic industrial strategy which strengthens manufacturing, and maintains jobs in the European economy. Strong manufacturing automatically attracts R&D investments and generates innovation enabling industry to keep leadership and produce added value.

    I'm not the first one calling for a commitment at EU level to safeguard Europes industrial know-how. But with crisis-stricken EU markets and accounting for only 5% of global PTW production, the European trade bodies should enable ACEM manufacturers to compete abroad on a more equitable basis, and export to other world regions the added value that we are able to create in Europe.

    Legislation should aim at strengthening manufacturing in Europe as well as efficiently promoting international harmonization of regulations. ACEM recently called on EU Institutions to acknowledge the difficulties faced by the industry in this economic downturn, and asked that some key aspects in the currently discussed type-approval regulation should be carefully re-considered and properly researched, taking stock of the stifling situation in Europe for the manufacturing industry. ACEM welcomes CARS21 discussions developing in this direction, following the moratorium concept proposed by Antonio Tajani, European Commissioner for Industry.

    Hendrik von Kuenheim
    Acem President and Managing Director of BMW Motorrad



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    Reference::

    BMW MOA 2012 International Rally

    SBK
    2012 FIM Superbike Championship Calendar

    FIM

    Changes to the FIM Superbike, Supersport and Superstock regulations for 2012:
    Some more details of changes to the championship regulations were delivered by the FIM in a press release.

    FIM: Official Documents
    Link to the current year official documents for all classes and search tool for other years.

    FIA Regulations Formula 1 World Championship

    WEATHER
    US:
    http://www.weather.gov/ | NOAA's National Weather Service
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    http://www.weather.com | Sedalia, MO 65301

    CA:
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    ROAD CONDITIONS
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    http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/trafficinfo/ : National Traffic and Road Closure Information
    511 - America's Traveler Information Telephone Number; Construction Related; Local and State Transit Links; Traffic Conditions; Regional Links; Weather/Road ...

    CA:
    http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/drivebc_supp/canada_map.htm :
    Canada Road Condition Information: Links to provincial highway condition websites across Canada..

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    NHTSA recall database allows searches o safety-related complaints about motor vehicles and equipment by make, model and year.

    Transport Canada Recalls Database

    Vehicle Owner Service Agency (VOSA) Vehicle Recalls UK government recall database site

    Australian Competition and Consumer Commission: Car and Motorcycle recall site.

    Governor's Highway Safety Association. ghsa.orgHighway safety law charts

    SportRider.com: Motorcycle Riding Skills Series Street bike and motorcycle riding skills techniques articles at Sport Rider

    BMW-Motorrad.com: Service
    Electronic Parts Catalogue
    Download Manuals
    Breakdown Dictionary
    Tyre Options
    Tips
    Before every journeyǪ
    Before a log tripǪ
    Before winterǪ
    How to clean your motorcycle

    ascycles.com: BMW Motorcycle Service and Maintenance Schedules

    mic.org: Motorcycle Industry Council | Tire Guide 2011.pdf

    Gasbuddy.com: Search for local gas prices along your trip route.

    pure-gas.org: Ethanol-free gas stations in the U.S. And Canada

    Cycle-ergo.com motorcycle ergonomic simulator.

    Video: BMW Final Drive Disassembly

    Woot of the Day

    MSF Motorcycle Operators Manual

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    As the fourth round of the 2012 Superbike World Championship rapidly approaches, speed is very much of the essence as the super-fast Autodromo Nazionale di Monza hosts the next two WSBK races in this exciting series, which continues on the weekend of 5-6 May....* MORE

    The*BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet Superbike Team*is keen to take on the Monza round, the fourth event of the World Superbike season and third event for the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup. MORE

    bikesportnews.com: Rea relishing horsepower contest





    WORLDSBK: 2012 Race Calendar | Championship Standings Rider / Manufacturer
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    ducati.com: Ducati Team returns to the track for Portuguese GP

    motomatters.com: First improble rumors of 2013 silly season Rossi to Yamaha, Stoner to retire?



    motogp: 2012 race calendar | Results and Statistics
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    formula1.com: Catherham new F1 engine partner General Electric

    bbc.co.uk: Romain Grosjean and Kamui Kobayashi top test at Mugello
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    speedtv.com: Mark Webber denies signing 2013 Ferrari deal



    Formula 1: 2012 Race Calendar | Results Season/Team/Driver
    fia.com: 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship - Race Information & Event Starting Times for the 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship


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    M?xico D.F., 2 de mayo de 2012. - Chris Pfeiffer se prepara para una ajetreada temporada de verano. En los pr??ximos meses, Chris, quien es considerado como uno de los mejores pilotos de motocicleta del mundo, estar? llevando su exhibici??n de acrobacias a dos nuevos pa?ses europeos, adem?s de asistir a importantes eventos. MORE

    Munich/Brescia. Big profile for the legendary BMW 328: This successful model will be represented with twelve cars at the start of the Mille Miglia 2012. Alongside series versions, there will be a number of racing cars competing in the lightning trip from Brescia to Rome. ...MOR



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    Reference::

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    2012 FIM Superbike Championship Calendar

    FIM

    Changes to the FIM Superbike, Supersport and Superstock regulations for 2012:
    Some more details of changes to the championship regulations were delivered by the FIM in a press release.

    FIM: Official Documents
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    FIA Regulations Formula 1 World Championship

    WEATHER
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    http://www.weather.com | Sedalia, MO 65301

    CA:
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    ROAD CONDITIONS
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    511 - America's Traveler Information Telephone Number; Construction Related; Local and State Transit Links; Traffic Conditions; Regional Links; Weather/Road ...

    CA:
    http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/drivebc_supp/canada_map.htm :
    Canada Road Condition Information: Links to provincial highway condition websites across Canada..

    Shameless Trolling For Touring Tips

    NHTSA.dot.gov Vehicle Recalls RSS Feed

    NHTSA recall database allows searches o safety-related complaints about motor vehicles and equipment by make, model and year.

    Transport Canada Recalls Database

    Vehicle Owner Service Agency (VOSA) Vehicle Recalls UK government recall database site

    Australian Competition and Consumer Commission: Car and Motorcycle recall site.

    Governor's Highway Safety Association. ghsa.orgHighway safety law charts

    SportRider.com: Motorcycle Riding Skills Series Street bike and motorcycle riding skills techniques articles at Sport Rider

    BMW-Motorrad.com: Service
    Electronic Parts Catalogue
    Download Manuals
    Breakdown Dictionary
    Tyre Options
    Tips
    Before every journeyǪ
    Before a log tripǪ
    Before winterǪ
    How to clean your motorcycle

    ascycles.com: BMW Motorcycle Service and Maintenance Schedules

    mic.org: Motorcycle Industry Council | Tire Guide 2011.pdf

    Gasbuddy.com: Search for local gas prices along your trip route.

    pure-gas.org: Ethanol-free gas stations in the U.S. And Canada

    Cycle-ergo.com motorcycle ergonomic simulator.

    Video: BMW Final Drive Disassembly

    Woot of the Day

    MSF Motorcycle Operators Manual

    TIP: In cold conditions, plan for a break every hour or so to stretch and keep blood circulating. http://t.co/ZWxeceol

    QOD: To avoid being thrown off the motorcycle when riding over an obstacle, what should you do? http://t.co/YRPQfovb


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    worldsbk.com: Hopkins gears up for Monza recovery race

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    gpone.com: Biaggi has the edge at Monza

    bikesportnews.com: Balance and power key for Haslam

    motomatters.com: Althea Ducati shutters its Superstock team



    WORLDSBK: 2012 Race Calendar | Championship Standings Rider / Manufacturer
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    motogp.com: MotoGP stars gather for pre Estoril press conference

    motogp.com: Bridgstone Estoril preview

    bbc.co.uk: Steve Parish on Valnetino Rossi's fall from grace

    A blast from the past - cycleworld.com: Moto Guzzi V8 Grand Prix racer
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    motogp: 2012 race calendar | Results and Statistics
    SuterRacing.com, NGM Forward Racing Team



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    formula1.com: Mugello day 3 Grosjean ends test on a high

    reuters.com: Alonso sees a faster Ferrari in Barcelona



    Formula 1: 2012 Race Calendar | Results Season/Team/Driver
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    The Mothership

    BMW Group reports record figures for first quarter ...MORE
    Also in the Motorcycles segment, first-quarter sales volume, revenues and earnings were all higher than in the previous year. Segment revenues increased by 12.8% to 448 million (Q1 2011: 397 million). EBIT improved by 19.4% to 37 million (Q1 2011: *31 million) and profit before tax by 23.3% to 37 million (Q1 2011: 30 million). First-quarter motorcycle sales picked up by 7.8% to reach 27,015 units (Q1 2011: 25,049 units). This included 24,373 BMW brand motorcycles (Q1 2011: 23,109 units;*+5.5%), the best first-quarter sales performance in the companys history. Husqvarna motorcycle sales jumped by 36.2% to 2,642 units (Q1 2011: 1,940 units).

    BMW Group Quarterly Report to 31 March 2012 link to download site

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    FWIW

    Is this the weekend? | WSBK Monza 2012

    The short answer is, I don't know? That said this year I go into each weekend with a growing feeling 'this could be the one'. Monza is a track seemingly designed to be the host the first trip to the top of the podium for a BMW SBK pilot on a BMW S1000RRv2._.

    Lets take a quick walk through the 2012 SBK grid using the Manufacturer Championship standings to set the grid for us. For reference purposes here are links to the 2011 Monza Results

    Monza 2011 Results
    Race 1
    Race 2

    Ducati 132 pts
    Ducati tops the manufacturer charts heading into the this Monza weekend. Carlos Checa, their number one pilot is No. 2 in the rider standings. With just that information you might think they would be getting ready to fight for the top. The reality is they will be in damage control mode. The Ducati twin continues to sound fantastic and perform great in the hands of Checa, Guintoli and others but not at Monza.

    In 26 races in the road to his 2011 crown defending champ Checa in 26 races racked up 21 podiums (15P1 and 6P3). At Monza last year he only managed a P9 and P10. For most riders those would be good to great finishes. For Checa and Ducati they demonstrate what an uphill climb to even get close to the podium.

    Aprilia 100 pts
    Aprilia is Ducati's mirror image coming into Monza. They are number two in the manufacturer hunt and Max Biaggi is on top of the riding standings. Unlike their mirror image Monza is a track designed to feature the best of both. If Aprilia is not the king of the SBK HP Hill it is darn close. The long straights will allow Biaggi and his power on/power off break hard/power on riding style to flex that muscle. It is not a stretch for any pundit to consider this pair the favorite going into the weekend.

    The potential problem is that mix of power and riding style got him in trouble last year resulting in a controversial penalty. This bike/rider combination has the potential to repeat that performance as easily as their various past P1 performances. Still, the favorite going into the weekend.

    BMW 86pts
    Monza has been one of those tracks you circle on the SBK calendar as a potential win for BMW. The S1000RRv1 swapped the power title with Aprilia since its debut. The S1000RRv2 has not given up the fight but has learned how to dance in a way through corners its predecessor never did. Tyre management issues seem to be under control; well as under control as they ever get in this series, allowing the riders to be competitive all the way through race. The powerful engine is matched to a chassis that is sorting out rather nicely. 2011 Haslam posted a P3 and DNF for BMW and Melandri a P4 and P2 for his Yamaha team. Badovini pulled a P11 and P6. Looking back to 2010 he won the STK1000 race on his S1000RR in route to the championship for that series. Fabrizo is showing increased comfort with his new ride. Last year he posted a P5 then took the third step on the podium with his Suzuki. BMW has a bike and riders capable of climbing to the top of the Monza podium.

    Satchel Page words are ringing in my ears once again 'Don't look back someone might be gaining on you'. For BMW that's...

    Kawasaki 85 pts
    Big Green loves this kind of track. Fourth in the team standings, Sykes, their top jocky is third in the rider standings. The sophomore version of the Z is a real contender. Sykes has notched up wins. Baring the normal race weekend broken fifty cent clips and broken bolts tyre management is the Achilles heel. Last year Sykes was playing with Checa posting a P13 and P11. Look for Sykes along with Biaggi to hog a lot of headlines this weekend.

    Honda 69 pts
    Honda has been struggling a bit. Long stretches of unfamiliar mediocrity split by flashes of brilliance. Rea is excited and anticipating a good weekend. Last year he posted a P6 and DNF. Realistically he is in the tier of riders ready to take advantage of others problems but I don't see him as a major contender this weekend.

    Suzuki 20 pts
    Hopkins returns to the FIXI Crescent Suzuki team. Suzuki is last in the standings and Hopkins 21st in the rider standings of the 25 riders that have posted championship points. Enough said for this weekend.


    Will BMW notch its first win this weekend?



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    Race Update: 2012 Monza SBK

    Fast out of the box!

    Monza - FIM Superbike World Championship - Free Practice

    1. Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 1'43.042
    2. Michel Fabrizio (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet) BMW S1000 RR 1'43.049
    3. Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 1'43.171
    4. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'43.374
    5. Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet) BMW S1000 RR 1'43.893
    6. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'43.922
    7. Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team) Honda CBR1000RR 1'43.939
    8. Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'43.965
    9. Niccol?? Canepa (Red Devils Roma) Ducati 1098R 1'44.119
    10. Chaz Davies (ParkinGO MTC Racing) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'44.151
    11. Jakub Smrz (Liberty Racing Team Effenbert) Ducati 1098R 1'44.174
    12. Maxime Berger (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'44.258
    13. Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'44.445
    14. Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'44.565
    15. John Hopkins (Crescent Fixi Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'44.569
    16. Lorenzo Zanetti (PATA Racing Team) Ducati 1098R 1'44.623
    17. Sylvain Guintoli (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'44.629
    18. Leon Camier (Crescent Fixi Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'44.992
    19. David Salom (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'45.226
    20. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda World Superbike Team) Honda CBR1000RR 1'45.770
    21. Leandro Mercado (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'46.088
    22. Sergio Gadea (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'49.466



    2012 MotoGP GP of Portugal

    Friday FP1

    Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
    1 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 1'40.813
    2 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 1'41.086 0.273 / 0.273
    3 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'41.502 0.689 / 0.416
    4 1 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'41.943 1.130 / 0.441
    5 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 1'42.230 1.417 / 0.287
    6 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'42.291 1.478 / 0.061
    7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'42.343 1.530 / 0.052
    8 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'43.078 2.265 / 0.735
    9 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Avintia Blusens BQR 1'43.256 2.443 / 0.178
    10 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 1'43.265 2.452 / 0.009
    11 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 1'43.277 2.464 / 0.012
    12 51 Michele PIRRO ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR 1'43.511 2.698 / 0.234
    13 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 1'43.527 2.714 / 0.016
    14 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 1'44.909 4.096 / 1.382
    15 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda 1'45.148 4.335 / 0.239
    16 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 1'45.636 4.823 / 0.488
    17 54 Mattia PASINI ITA Speed Master ART 1'46.004 5.191 / 0.368
    18 22 Ivan SILVA SPA Avintia Blusens BQR 1'46.271 5.458 / 0.267
    77 James ELLISON GBR Paul Bird Motorsport ART 1'52.429 11.616 / 6.158
    8 Hector BARBERA SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati
    99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha
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    Race Update II: Friday, 4 May SBK- Monza, MotoGP Estoril

    Still fast in Friday Q1!

    worldsbk.com BMW Riders to the fore in the open qualifying session

    Michel Fabrizio (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet) led home a BMW 1-2-3 at Monza in the first qualifying session, thanks to a 1 minute 42.325 second lap set with only three minutes of the session remaining. He had earlier equalled the best top speed in SBK history when he clocked 334.8kmph down the main straight. Another local rider, Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) was second fastest and Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) third.

    The Friday reign of the S1000RR at the fastest circuit on the calendar was only challenged by the Aprilia Racing works bike of Eugene Laverty, who was fourth in the overall rankings. BMW Motorrad Italia Gold Bet rider Ayrton Badovini posted the fifth best lap time, one place up on Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team). Local great Max Biaggi went seventh for Aprilia Racing.

    motomatters.com: WSBK 2012 Monza Friday press release roundup

    Monza - FIM Superbike World Championship - Qualifying*1

    1.*Michel Fabrizio (BMW*Motorrad*Italia*GoldBet) BMW S1000 RR 1'42.327
    2.*Marco Melandri (BMW*Motorrad*Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 1'42.380
    3.*Leon Haslam (BMW*Motorrad*Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 1'42.523
    4.*Eugene Laverty (Aprilia*Racing*Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'42.625
    5.*Ayrton Badovini (BMW*Motorrad*Italia*GoldBet) BMW S1000 RR 1'42.690
    6.*Tom Sykes (Kawasaki*Racing*Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'42.794
    7.*Max Biaggi (Aprilia*Racing*Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'42.844
    8.*Chaz Davies (ParkinGO*MTC*Racing) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'43.228
    9.*Carlos Checa (Althea*Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'43.393
    10.*Davide Giugliano (Althea*Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'43.408
    11.*Jonathan Rea (Honda*World*Superbike*Team) Honda CBR1000RR 1'43.410
    12.*John Hopkins (Crescent*Fixi*Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'43.576
    13.*Leon Camier (Crescent*Fixi*Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'43.837
    14.*David Salom (Team*Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'43.943
    15.*Sylvain Guintoli (Team*Effenbert*Liberty*Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'44.042
    16.*Jakub Smrz (Liberty*Racing*Team*Effenbert) Ducati 1098R 1'44.057
    17.*Lorenzo Zanetti (PATA*Racing*Team) Ducati 1098R 1'44.203
    18.*Niccol?? Canepa (Red*Devils*Roma) Ducati 1098R 1'44.321
    19.*Maxime Berger (Team*Effenbert*Liberty*Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'44.489
    20.*Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda*World*Superbike*Team) Honda CBR1000RR 1'44.686
    21.*Leandro Mercado (Team*Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'45.156
    22.*Mark Aitchison (Grillini*Progea*Superbike*Team) BMW S1000 RR 1'45.841
    23.*Sergio Gadea (Kawasaki*Racing*Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'48.085



    BMW Motorrad Motorsport - WSBK - Monza - Qualifying Practice 1
    04.05.2012


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    Monza Free Practice & Qualifying Practice 1.
    Friday, 04th May 2012.


    Weather conditions: Sunny with light clouds in the afternoon.
    Temperature: Air: 19 22 ??C, Track: 39 43 ??C
    Number of riders participating: 22/23 from 12/13 teams
    Fastest lap Free Practice: Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) 1:43.042 min
    Fastest lap Qualifying Practice 1: Michel Fabrizio (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet SBK Team) 1:42.327 min


    It was a perfect Friday for BMW Motorrad at Monza (ITA): In the first qualifying practice for the fourth round of the 2012 FIM Superbike World Championship, four BMW S 1000 RRs were placed in the top 5, with three of them in the first three positions on the provisional starting grid. The Bavarian bike had already shown its potential in the free practice, with BMW Motorrad Motorsport factory rider Leon Haslam (GBR), Michel Fabrizio (ITA) of the BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet SBK Team and factory rider Marco Melandri (ITA) finishing as the top 3 and Michels team mate Ayrton Badovini (ITA) in fifth position.

    Both factory riders from Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport consistently rode quick lap times, with Marco being quickest and Leon being second for most of the first qualifying practice. Only in the very last minutes did Michel do one faster lap to secure provisional pole position. Only 0.053 seconds behind, Marco qualified provisional second on the grid on his RR with Leon third. Ayrton completed the strong result with fifth position in the first qualifying practice.


    Marco Melandri:
    Fastest lap Free Practice: 1:43.171 min (P3)/Fastest lap Qualifying Practice 1: 1:42.380 min (P2)
    ǣIt was a good day for us. For Monza, we expected to be closer to the top than before, but today it actually went even better than we thought. I am not one hundred percent happy, because over the race distance I still have some issues with chattering. Today we tried put in as many consecutive laps as possible to understand the cause of the issue and how we can solve it. We also collected some good information for the race. Now I just hope that we have a dry race, and I also hope for good weather in the Superpole because this is a very difficult track in the wet.

    Leon Haslam:
    Fastest lap Free Practice: 1:43.042 min (P1)/Fastest lap Qualifying Practice 1: 1:42.523 min (P3)
    ǣI am pretty happy with the day. Today, we got through a few things that we wanted to do. This afternoon, we concentrated on race distance, doing longer runs. We started on a ten lap tyre and did another seven or eight laps on it. Even though we did that the times came easily and were close. It is a nice position to be in. We can now work on the little things and do not need to try to solve big things this weekend. Now we have to wait and see what the weather will be like tomorrow. If it is raining, it will be good to get a setting for the wet and then come Sunday, we will have worked in both conditions and be ready for everything.

    Andrea Dosoli (Head of Race Operations):
    ǣIt was a good day for BMW Motorrad, because having four RRs in the top five is amazing. I must say a big Thank You to all the guys in Munich and Stephanskirchen for the hard work they have done. This is the result. It means that the bike is competitive. We have seen already in Assen, and confirmed here, that we have made a step forward. I am really happy about the job done by both riders and their crews today. We knew that these two sessions might be the only ones in dry conditions, so we have been working quite hard in order to evaluate different set-ups and different tyres. We are ready for a dry race. Now we need to keep working hard and be also be prepared for the case that it is wet tomorrow, as the weather forecast is not so good. We also want to congratulate Michel Fabrizio and his team for securing the provisional pole position.


    BMW MOTORRAD ITALIA GOLDBET SBK TEAM - MONZA FRIDAY
    05.05.2012

    BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet Superbike Team*finished the first day at Monza positively by achieving first place in Qualifying 1 with Michel Fabrizio in Superbike and with Sylvain Barrier in Superstock 1000.

    Michel Fabrizio, after finishing in second place the morning's Free Practice 1, improved his performance and got the first place at the end of Qualifying 1, thanks to a 1'42.327 lap time. Michel also recorded a maximum speed of 334.8 on the finishing straight today, equalling the speed record that was set last year on this track.

    Ayrton Badovini, on the other hand, took fifth place in Qualifying 1 with a time of 1'42.690. He was particularly competitive in the second part of this afternoon's qualifying after improving the feel of the front of the bike during the first half of the session with the help of technicians and engineers.
    In the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup*Sylvain Barrier*and*Lorenzo Baroni*claimed first and third place respectively at the end of Qualifying 1, also taking provisional front row slost for the Sunday race. Barrier, just after setting the lap-time of 1'46.340 that gave him the first position, had a crash at the Lesmo 2 turn suffering a left shoulder dislocation which puts his participation in the next two days of racing in question.

    Andrea Buzzoni,*BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet Superbike Team Director, said:
    "Todays result sees four BMW riders in the first five spots, giving BMW Motorrad great satisfaction. Today's performance proves the effectiveness of this programme and efforts from both the technical crew and riders. Today there was a clear demonstration of the competitiveness of this project and the commitment on a technical, human and financial side. Now we must keep our concentration high to achieve the next goal represented by the two Sunday races."

    Serafino Foti,*BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet Superbike Team Sporting Director, said:
    "It's been a positive day as both Michel and Ayrton were quick right from the start and the team worked in a formidable way attitude-wise and made the right choices. We're happy and we are enjoying today's result, waiting to see what the weather has in store for us. We're not completely happy with how the things went for the Superstock 1000 guys. The results match the expectations but Sylvain's crash put his on-track participation in jeopardy".

    Michel Fabrizio #84 - FP1 2nd (1'43.049)*- QP1 1st (1'42.327)*:*"I'm happy, after the bad luck experienced in race 2 at Assen and I have got my confidence back. I knew I could have been fast and I'm happy to have proven it on the track. We started in a good way this morning. We haven't made any big change in the set-up as the one we found at Mugello seems to work well on very different track layouts. Now we just have to wait and see how the weather will turn out tomorrow, although the forecast predicts rain."

    Ayrton Badovini #86 - FP1 5th (1'43.893)*- QP1 5th (1'42.690)*:*"Today went well. I managed to climb up some positions in the last part of qualifying after experiencing some lack of feeling at the front of my bike. Thanks to Dino and my crew I got back to a way of riding I like. I could even have got a better result but on my fast lap I was slowed down by a rider in front of me who made a mistake at "Variante Ascari". We have found the right direction and because of that I can say I'm happy with the results."

    Qualifying 1 SBK*1-*Michel Fabrizio (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet SBK Team) 142.3272- Marco Melandri (BMW) + 0.053 - 3 Leon Haslam (BMW) +0.196 - 4 Eugene Laverty (Aprilia) + 0.298*5- Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet SBK Team) + 0.3636- Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) + 0.467 7- Max Biaggi (Aprilia) + 0.517

    Qualifying 1 Superstock 1000*1- Sylvain Barrier (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet SBK Team)*146.340 2- Lorenzo Savadori (Ducati) + 0.436 3- Lorenzo Baroni*(BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet SBK Team)*+ 0.577 4- Eddi La Marra (Ducati)* + 0.633 5- Bryan Staring (Kawasaki) + 0.897


    MotoGP

    motomatters.com: 2012 Estoril Friday press release roundup

    Pos.Num.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap*1st/Prev.11Casey STONERAUSRepsol Honda TeamHonda1'38.396211Ben SPIESUSAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha1'38.7170.321 / 0.321335Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha1'38.7420.346 / 0.025426Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda1'38.7970.401 / 0.055599Jorge LORENZOSPAYamaha Factory RacingYamaha1'38.9300.534 / 0.133619Alvaro BAUTISTASPASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda1'38.9590.563 / 0.029769Nicky HAYDENUSADucati TeamDucati1'39.0290.633 / 0.07088Hector BARBERASPAPramac Racing TeamDucati1'39.1930.797 / 0.164946Valentino ROSSIITADucati TeamDucati1'39.3570.961 / 0.164104Andrea DOVIZIOSOITAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha1'39.6151.219 / 0.2581117Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB MotoracingDucati1'40.2071.811 / 0.592126Stefan BRADLGERLCR Honda MotoGPHonda1'40.8982.502 / 0.6911314Randy DE PUNIETFRAPower Electronics AsparART1'41.0882.692 / 0.1901441Aleix ESPARGAROSPAPower Electronics AsparART1'41.6343.238 / 0.5461568Yonny HERNANDEZCOLAvintia BlusensBQR1'41.6383.242 / 0.0041654Mattia PASINIITASpeed MasterART1'41.9733.577 / 0.3351751Michele PIRROITASan Carlo Honda GresiniFTR1'42.2523.856 / 0.279185Colin EDWARDSUSANGM Mobile Forward RacingSuter1'42.5874.191 / 0.3351922Ivan SILVASPAAvintia BlusensBQR1'42.8044.408 / 0.217209Danilo PETRUCCIITACame IodaRacing ProjectIoda1'42.9844.588 / 0.1802177James ELLISONGBRPaul Bird MotorsportART1'43.6655.269 / 0.681

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    The really important Monza story will be the weather and how teams deal with it. BMW dominated Friday. Can they do the same in the rain?

    worldsbk.com: Laverty fastest today but Fabrizio enters Superpole as the class leader

    Monza - FIM Superbike World Championship - Qualifying*2

    1.*Michel Fabrizio (BMW*Motorrad*Italia*GoldBet) BMW S1000 RR 1'42.327
    2.*Marco Melandri (BMW*Motorrad*Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 1'42.380
    3.*Leon Haslam (BMW*Motorrad*Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 1'42.523
    4.*Eugene Laverty (Aprilia*Racing*Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'42.625
    5.*Ayrton Badovini (BMW*Motorrad*Italia*GoldBet) BMW S1000 RR 1'42.690
    6.*Tom Sykes (Kawasaki*Racing*Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'42.794
    7.*Max Biaggi (Aprilia*Racing*Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'42.844
    8.*Chaz Davies (ParkinGO*MTC*Racing) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'43.228
    9.*Carlos Checa (Althea*Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'43.393
    10.*Davide Giugliano (Althea*Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'43.408
    11.*Jonathan Rea (Honda*World*Superbike*Team) Honda CBR1000RR 1'43.410
    12.*John Hopkins (Crescent*Fixi*Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'43.576
    13.*Leon Camier (Crescent*Fixi*Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'43.837
    14.*David Salom (Team*Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'43.943
    15.*Sylvain Guintoli (Team*Effenbert*Liberty*Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'44.042
    16.*Jakub Smrz (Liberty*Racing*Team*Effenbert) Ducati 1098R 1'44.057
    17.*Lorenzo Zanetti (PATA*Racing*Team) Ducati 1098R 1'44.203
    18.*Niccol?? Canepa (Red*Devils*Roma) Ducati 1098R 1'44.321
    19.*Maxime Berger (Team*Effenbert*Liberty*Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'44.489
    20.*Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda*World*Superbike*Team) Honda CBR1000RR 1'44.686
    21.*Leandro Mercado (Team*Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'45.156
    22.*Mark Aitchison (Grillini*Progea*Superbike*Team) BMW S1000 RR 1'45.841
    23.*Sergio Gadea (Kawasaki*Racing*Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'48.085


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    Race Update 13 May Donington Park - Double!

    This time for sure.

    Sunday warm up at Donington Park

    Donington - FIM Superbike World Championship - Warm*Up

    1. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki*Racing*Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'28.828
    2. Max Biaggi (Aprilia*Racing*Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'28.872
    3. Leon Camier (FIXI*Crescent*Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'29.021
    4. Leon Haslam (BMW*Motorrad*Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 1'29.199
    5. Marco Melandri (BMW*Motorrad*Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 1'29.240
    6. Carlos Checa (Althea*Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'29.260
    7. Davide Giugliano (Althea*Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'29.315
    8. Jonathan Rea (Honda*World*Superbike*Team) Honda CBR1000RR 1'29.338
    9. Sylvain Guintoli (Team*Effenbert*Liberty*Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'29.497
    10. Michel Fabrizio (BMW*Motorrad*Italia*GoldBet) BMW S1000 RR 1'29.579
    11.Jakub Smrz (Liberty*Racing*Team*Effenbert) Ducati 1098R 1'29.589
    12. Maxime Berger (Team*Effenbert*Liberty*Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'29.630
    13. Ayrton Badovini (BMW*Motorrad*Italia*GoldBet) BMW S1000 RR 1'29.692
    14. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia*Racing*Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'29.763
    15. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda*World*Superbike*Team) Honda CBR1000RR 1'29.986
    16. Niccol?? Canepa (Red*Devils*Roma) Ducati 1098R 1'30.046
    17. Chaz Davies (ParkinGO*MTC*Racing) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'30.084
    18. Peter Hickman (FIXI*Crescent*Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'30.108
    19. Loris Baz (Kawasaki*Racing*Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'30.780
    20. Lorenzo Zanetti (PATA*Racing*Team) Ducati 1098R 1'31.209
    21. Mark Aitchison (Grillini*Progea*Superbike*Team) BMW S1000 RR 1'31.446
    22. Leandro Mercado (Team*Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'32.269
    23. Gary Mason (Team*Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'33.285

    BMW DOUBLE

    Marco Melandri is the first to notch a victory in WSBK for BMW. Leon Haslam took P2 to make it a double podium. Kawasaki's Sykes finished in P3.

    Donington - FIM Superbike World Championship - Race*1

    1. Marco Melandri (BMW*Motorrad*Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 34'26.736
    2. Leon Haslam (BMW*Motorrad*Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 34'27.464
    3. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki*Racing*Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 34'28.345
    4. Jonathan Rea (Honda*World*Superbike*Team) Honda CBR1000RR 34'28.555
    5. Max Biaggi (Aprilia*Racing*Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 34'28.838
    6. Carlos Checa (Althea*Racing) Ducati 1098R 34'31.556
    7. Davide Giugliano (Althea*Racing) Ducati 1098R 34'34.256
    8. Sylvain Guintoli (Team*Effenbert*Liberty*Racing) Ducati 1098R 34'34.663
    9. Leon Camier (FIXI*Crescent*Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 34'41.880
    10. Michel Fabrizio (BMW*Motorrad*Italia*GoldBet) BMW S1000 RR 34'42.801
    11. Ayrton Badovini (BMW*Motorrad*Italia*GoldBet) BMW S1000 RR 34'46.541
    12. Chaz Davies (ParkinGO*MTC*Racing) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 34'46.906
    13. Maxime Berger (Team*Effenbert*Liberty*Racing) Ducati 1098R 34'48.010
    14. Jakub Smrz (Liberty*Racing*Team*Effenbert) Ducati 1098R 34'48.253
    15. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia*Racing*Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 34'53.656
    16. Loris Baz (Kawasaki*Racing*Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 35'01.761
    17. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda*World*Superbike*Team) Honda CBR1000RR 35'05.929
    18. Lorenzo Zanetti (PATA*Racing*Team) Ducati 1098R 35'09.070
    19. Niccol?? Canepa (Red*Devils*Roma) Ducati 1098R 35'10.290
    20. Mark Aitchison (Grillini*Progea*Superbike*Team) BMW S1000 RR 35'50.353
    NC. Peter Hickman (FIXI*Crescent*Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 35'17.985
    RT. Gary Mason (Team*Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 22'08.892
    RT. Leandro Mercado (Team*Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 


    The closing laps of the race were exciting.

    With 10 laps remaining Haslam had the lead followed by Sykes and Melandri. Melandri would overtake Sykes for P2 on the next lap. With 7 laps remaining he would briefly overtake Haslam for the lead but loose it in the last interval of that lap. With 5 remaining Melandri would overtake once again and hold the lead to the end. In loosing the lead to Melandri, Haslam fell prey to Sykes who over took him with 4 laps remaining. Sykes was able to open up a small lead on Haslam but you could see Haslam setting him up for a retake. With 2 laps to go Sykes had over a half a second on Haslam but that would disappear during the lap; Haslam would overtake him on the penultimate lap to give the team the top two spots on the podium.

    Look for a full round up this evening.

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    [b]BMW Motorrad Motorsport - WSBK - Donington - Races[b]

    Donington Races.
    Sunday, 13th May 2012.

    Weather conditions: Sunny with some clouds.
    Temperature: Air: 17 18 ??C, Track: 31 ??C
    Number of riders participating: 23 from 13 teams
    Fastest lap Race 1: Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing Team) 1:28.992 min
    Fastest lap Race 2: Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing Team) 1:28.995 min

    The long awaited next milestone has been achieved: Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport has climbed onto the top step on the podium. At Donington (GBR), the team not only celebrated its first victory in the FIM Superbike World Championship, but also its first one-two in the series. Factory riders Marco Melandri (ITA) as winner and Leon Haslam (GBR) being second gave BMW Motorrad the perfect finish in race one in todays fifth round of the 2012 season.

    It was an exciting road leading to the historic first victory in race one. Starting from second, Leon took the lead immediately by passing pole-sitter Tom Sykes (GBR). Marco maintained his third position. At the end of lap four, Sykes passed Leon again, while Marco was successfully defending attacks from Max Biaggi (ITA). On lap 12, Leon fought his way back into the lead, and when Marco passed Sykes on lap 14 for second, the two BMW riders started their nail-biting battle for victory, changing positions at the very top several times. Then, with three laps to go, Leon went wide onto the grass, slipping back to third behind Sykes. Marco was able to open a gap and get the first victory, while Leon did not give up the fight and overtook Sykes for second at the beginning of the last lap, securing the double triumph for BMW Motorrad.

    Today was close to being a dream Sunday for the Bavarian team, with Leon being on his way to home victory and Marco lying in second at the last corner of the second race, but racing can be more than tough: They were denied another well-deserved triumph when an over-optimistic manoeuvre by another rider forced both to crash. From the start, they fought a breathtaking battle with Sykes, Biaggi and Jonathan Rea (GBR) for the top positions. With seven laps to go, Leon took the lead, determined to celebrate the next BMW victory on his home soil. Meanwhile Marco succeeded in the battle for second and there was just one corner to go to another one-two. In this last corner, the too ambitious final attack by another rider forced Leon into a crash. Leons bike slid across the asphalt and hit Marcos RR with the Italians race ending in the gravel. Leon was classified 15th and Marco as retired. Rea won ahead of Biaggi and Sykes.

    In the Riders Championship, Marco is fifth with 97.5 points, followed by Leon, who is sixth with 89 points. In the Manufacturers Standings BMW improved to second after race one, but slid back to third with 131 points after race two. BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet SBK Teams Michel Fabrizio (ITA) was tenth and 13th, his team-mate Ayrton Badovini (ITA) 11th and sixth.

    Marco Melandri:
    Result Race 1: 1st / Fastest Lap Race 1: 1:28.999 min
    Result Race 2: DNF / Gap to 1st: 1 lap / Fastest Lap Race 2: 1:29.138 min
    ǣIt is an awesome feeling for me to put my name in the history books of a factory like BMW Motorrad. I could not have dreamt of this when I was young. I just want to say thank you to BMW Motorrad in Germany, to the team at the track and to everybody involved in the project. We have been working so hard and we have never been close to giving up, even when we have had some difficulties. We will keep pushing, and I am more than happy.

    I am disappointed with the result of the second race. I was trying to pass Leon in the final corner, although I knew it would be difficult but I am a racer and I had to try. I ran a little wide and expected Leon to pass me back finishing second would have been ok for me. Then Leon was hit and he crashed. His bike hit me and I crashed too. I feel sorry for both of us but thats racing. We now have to keep our heads up high and look forward to Salt Lake City where we hope to be fighting for wins again.

    Leon Haslam:
    Result Race 1: 2nd / Gap to 1st: 00:00.728 min / Fastest Lap Race 1: 1:29.097 min
    Result Race 2: 15th/ Gap to 1st: 01:20.196 min / Fastest Lap Race 2: 1:39.308 min
    ǣWhat a day. I had a good pace in race one. In the end, I have to say that I am kind of disappointed with the second place. I had a big wobble out of Coppers and it actually put me on the right hand side of Marco instead of the left, and he braked a bit earlier that lap. I had nowhere to go, so I opted for the gravel. It was kind of a combination of things that caught me out but fair play to Marco. A BMW 1-2 result is just fantastic. Right now I just want to forget race 2. I feel a bit frustrated because I was going for my first win for BMW Motorrad at my home round, but we were denied that well deserved victory. The crash was not my fault at allǪ Anyway, thats racing, and were now looking forward to the next round. Hopefully we can turn things around at the next race meeting at Salt Lake City. I want to dedicate my race 1 result to Robert Fearnall, who was a close friend of the family.

    Bernhard Gobmeier (BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director):
    ǣThe first race was absolutely thrilling. We saw bike-to-bike action, and our opponents gave us a hard time on the track. Marcos race was impressive: He organized his race excellently, showed great overtaking ability and consequently deserved the victory. For us it is even more satisfying to see that Leon was also able to showcase his talent. He also had great battles on the track and completed BMW Motorrads first double victory in World Superbikes. This 1-2 is the result of the hard work of everyone involved in this project in Munich, in Stephanskirchen and at the track. A big Thank You to our riders and the whole team.

    The second race was again great until the last corner. It is just too disappointing to see both riders crash blamelessly when leading the pack into the final corner of the race. Now we have to keep our heads up and look forward to Salt Lake City. We hope to fight for wins there as well.


    BMW MOTORRAD ITALIA GOLDBET SBK TEAM - DONINGTON PARK SUNDAY
    13.05.2012

    Today*BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet Superbike Team completed the fifth round of 2012 World Superbike season. Michel Fabrizio and Ayrton Badovini finished race 1 with a 10th and 11th place, while in the second race they crossed the line in 13th and 6th respectively.

    Sundays first SBK race started at noon on a dry track. Michel Fabrizio, who started from 11th on the grid was 12th at the end of lap one, maintained a consistent race pace during the first half of the race before the pain in his right limited his performance for the remaining laps. He was the 10th rider to take the chequered.

    Ayrton Badovini, had a small collision with Jakub Smrz at turn 1 and consequently lost positions and found himself 18th at the end of the first lap. Once "Speedy" got back into his rhythm, he managed to make a comeback to an eleventh final place.

    The race was won by*Marco Melandri, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Team rider, which brought the first podium top step for the BMW S 1000 RR. Melandri finished ahead of his team mate Leon Haslam in second, therefore bringing not just the maiden victory for the German manufacturer in the Superbike World Championship but also a 1-2 finish.

    Michel Fabrizio jump-started race 2 and therefore the "Gladiator" was awarded a ride-through penalty. Michel rode through the pit-lane at the end of lap 4, getting back on track in twentieth position and finishing the race with a thirteenth place.

    Ayrton Badovini, who made a fairly good start from the third row, kept his race pace and, despite suffering from early wear of the soft front tyre, finished sixth.

    Andrea Buzzoni, BMW Motorrad Italia General Manager, said:
    "It was an historical day for BMW Motorrad. I would like to truly congratulate our colleagues at the BMW Motorrad Motorsport Team and Bernhard Gobmeier for the well deserved success and the reward for the amazing work they have done. This victory shows that the BMW is highly competitive, which was already evident, and finally has been recorded in results despite the incredible end to race 2. I'm happy that Marco Melandri set a milestone in our history. Our team, for various reasons, is still not getting the competitiveness from our package, apart from the sixth place. In racing you need patience, determination and enthusiasm, always. We will continue to work hard and with a lot of oomph to get back where we belong. The team is strong".

    Serafino Foti,*BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet Superbike Team Sporting Director, stated:
    "Personally I'm not happy with this weekend. I feel we deserve more than this. The team has done an amazing job, as always, but it looks as though a series of ever changing circumstances meant we haven't been able to get the results we expect. We're working very hard. We need to stay focused to give our best in order to put an end to this spell at Miller Motorsports Park. I wish to congratulate BMW Motorrad Motorsport for the outstanding result obtained today."

    Michel Fabrizio #84 - Race 1 10th - Race 2 13th : "In race 2 my start was quick, maybe too quick as I got a ride-through. While I was riding into the pit-lane there was a misunderstanding with a marshal. I thought that they wanted me to stop but it was not so, and I lost 5 more useful seconds. It's a shame about the jump-start. Without that I would have had the chance of a good race. I'm not demoralised. I will be more charged up than ever for the US round."

    Ayrton Badovini #86 - Race 1 11th - Race 2 6th : "Race 1 started uphill after the collision at the start. That cost me a lot of time and forced me into a catch-up race. For race 2 we tried a soft front tyre but it wore out as soon as we got into the second part of the race, so I raced conservatively to get the best result possible. We come out of this weekend with a clear view of what we have to work on for Miller".

    Race 1: 1- Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) 3426.736 2- Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) + 0.728 3- Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) + 1.609*10- Michel Fabrizio (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet SBK Team) + 16.065*11- Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet SBK Team) + 19.805

    Race 2: 1- Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team) 3431.847 2- Max Biaggi (Aprilia) 3- Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) + 2.029*6- Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet SBK Team) + 17.469 13- Michel Fabrizio (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet SBK Team) + 28.390 15- Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport)+ 120.196



    WORLDSBK: 2012 Race Calendar | Championship Standings Rider / Manufacturer
    LeonHaslam.com, MarcoMelandri.co.uk, BMW Motorrad Motorsports.com, AlphaRaccing.com




    Formula 1

    Sunday Press Confernce
    DRIVERS
    1 Pastor MALDONADO (Williams)
    2 Fernando ALONSO (Ferrari)
    3 Kimi RAIKKONEN (Lotus)

    Classification
    Lap Chart
    Lap Analysis
    Fast Laps
    History Chart
    Maximum Speed
    Pit Stop Summary
    Sector Times
    Speed Trap

    fia.com: Maldonado takes maiden win

    fia.com: Williams post race fire

    formula1.com: Selected team and driver quotes

    fia.com: Schumacher takes five place penalty for next race
    Steward decision

    A brilliant win for Maldonado and Williams makes the fifth driver in five races to take a victory in F1 this year. The Circus heads to Monaco. Will Lotus or Sauber break through to continue the string or will the mighty monarchy deliver the first repeat of the season.

    The press will justifiably focus on Williams, Ferrari and Lotus after this race. The race I was truly impressed with was the one Hamilton had.

    Striped of his pole position he started P24 on one of the hardest track to make a pass on. A combination of a two stop strategy, when others teams were using a three stop strategy due to the tender Pirelli tyres, and a solid driving performance resulted in a P5 finish. As the final laps were winding down he was closing in on Rosberg and ran out of time before he could make the pass. The irony in this is that the delay in getting to this point was in large part do to an extended duel with Massa earlier. Hamilton was not able to resolve the pass of the Brazilian on track and needed the help of pit stops to seal the deal. Massa days in a Ferrari are numbered yet he was the only driver that was able to fend off and delay the charging Hamilton for any length of precious time. Hamilton is in a struggle in his own team. Button is the titular team number one driver. Yet the McLaren 'top pilot' with a fourteen position advantage finished behind his teammate.


    Formula 1: 2012 Race Calendar | Results Season/Team/Driver
    fia.com: 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship - Race Information & Event Starting Times for the 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship


    Other Racing

    BMW Team RLL finish third and fourth at Laguna Seca. Munich, 12th May 2012. Although both BMW M3 GT cars of BMW Team RLL led the GT class for a significant part of the six-hour American Le Mans Monterey race, they ultimately finished in the third and fourth positions. Bill Auberlen (US) and J?rg M??ller (DE) completed 232 laps of the 2.238-mile, 11-turn Laguna Seca circuit bringing the no. 55 BMW M3 GT home in third place, scoring their first podium together and delivering the teams third consecutive podium of the season....More

    FWIW

    Heroes to Zeros in Once Corner

    Marco Melandri and Leon Haslam are the heroes of Race 1 at Doningon Park. Melandri scored BMW's first victory and Haslam's P2 made it a spectacular double podium.
    The team went into this weekend in P4 of the Manufacturer Championship. With the 25 points from this win they vaulted past Aprilia by two points into P2 from fourth place behind Kawasaki where they started the weekend. For three hours, 23 laps and all but one corner it looked as if they would increase that lead. The 25 points for Race 2 slipped through their hands as the pair slipped on the track and skittered across the track. Aryton Badovini salvaged 10 points for BMW by being the first BMW to cross the line, all be it the last points scoring manufacturer rider to do so. BMW leaves Donington Park third place in the Manufacturer Championship 1.5 points ahead of Kawasaki.

    I am not a fan of team orders. I rank them right up there with prevent defenses in the various stick and ball sports. The thing they do to often is prevent victories. Racing is about passing and pushing hard to win. It is also about judgment. A win is a win whether you do it by one minute or 0.001 seconds; however to win you must finish the race. Melandri did not. Haslam picked up his bike and was listed in P15 the final finishing position of the field. How the team views this is their business I am still very happy to focus on Race 1 and the double podium.



    If I were the King of the BMW Racing World I would not be concerned with team orders or dissertations to riders about judgment. I would instead be pulling out my Italian dictionary and talking with the second BMW team.

    Manufacturer Championships are won by scoring points and by denying points to the other teams. The role of the rear guard riders is to press ahead as far as possible. In this case the German team riders slipped. Badovini's P6 finish still allowed other teams to score more points. A P5 would have added one to BMW while taking it away from another team. In this case a Ducati. If gain more as you move up the list.

    The Manufacturer Championship is still at a point where BMW can make some real progress. That window of opportunity for a pass is closing. BMW can ill afford to let any points slip through their hands. The Italian team needs to step up.

    I am not the King of the BMW Racing World and will go to the Official Fly-Over-Land Coffee shop Monday morning and celebrate a kick butt Race 1 victory instead of kicking butt.


    Bike Candy

    The candy is much sweeter when teammates play hard but nice.




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