Saturday PM Roundup, April 10
[b]WSBK et al. [/b]
[url= http://www.worldsbk.com/en/news/latest-news/3002-crutchlow-takes-second-superpole-in-succession.html]worldsbk.com[/url]: Crutchlow takes second Superpole in succession
[url= http://www.yamaha-motor-europe.com/corporate/latest_news/news_detail.jsp?Component=tcm:26-360336&reporttype=Qualifying 2 Report&report=report&ComponentTemplate=tcm:26-11949-32&PageTitle=Crutchlow%20scores%20with%20second%20consecutive%20Superpole]Yamaha-motor-europe.com[/url]: Crutchlow scores with second consecutive Superpole
[b]BMW Motorrad Motorsport - Superbike World Championship - Valencia ÔÇô Superpole[/b]
ÔÇó Press Release
Weather conditions: Sunny.
Temperature: Air: 20 ÔÇô 25??C, Track: 21 ÔÇô 37??C
Number of riders participating: 25 from 15 teams
Fastest lap Qualifying Practices: Max Biaggi (Aprilia Alitalia Racing) 1:34.218 min
Fastest lap Superpole 3: Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha Sterilgarda Team) 1:33.615 min
Troy Corser (AUS) achieved Team BMW Motorrad MotorsportÔÇÖs best ever qualifying result in the FIM Superbike World Championship on Saturday in Valencia (ESP). The 38-year-old finished the Superpole 3 qualifying fifth after a strong performance, missing the first row of the grid by only 98 thousands of a second. Ruben Xaus (ESP) will start SundayÔÇÖs races from 17th. Prior to this the teamÔÇÖs best qualifying position was sixth for Troy at the N??rburgring in September 2009.
Bike: BMW S 1000 RR
Fastest lap Qualifying Practices: 1:34.476 min / Fastest lap Free Practice: 1:35.164 min / Fastest lap Superpole 3: 1:34.059 min
ÔÇ£I am really happy we managed to make it up to the front two rows. The new software on the bike really seems to work better for me. The bike feels fast enough on the straight to battle nearly anybody. I am quite confident as we have been improving throughout each session with the race tyres. We now have to see how tomorrowÔÇÖs temperatures are. The influence of the temperature on the tyre wear seems to be massive. Tomorrow, a good start is important. Here in Valencia you can lose a lot of ground on the leaders in the first lap because of the tight second corner and the slow section that follows. ÔÇØ
Bike: BMW S 1000 RR
Fastest lap Qualifying Practices: 1:35.133 min / Fastest lap Free Practice: 1:35.610 min / Fastest lap Superpole 1: 1:34.756 min
ÔÇ£Racing in this championship is so close. I only missed the second session of the Superpole by one thousand of a second, so I was a bit unlucky: When I was on my flying lap there was a rider crossing my line. As a result I lost a bit of time in this sector. However, I have to say it wasnÔÇÖt possible to do a lot more today. I am really struggling a lot in the first sector, so we have to find solutions to be quicker there. We now will analyse the data and do our best for tomorrow. Congratulations to Troy for the good result.ÔÇØ
Davide Tardozzi (BMW Motorrad Motorsport Team Manager):
ÔÇ£Today we had our best qualifying result so far. We missed the first row by only a tenth of a second. The team did a fantastic job today. Everybody can see we are performing better and better. LetÔÇÖs wait for tomorrow.ÔÇØ
[b]Valencia (Spain) - Final qualifying: TROY MISSES THE FRONT ROW BY A WHISKER [/b]
Yesterday, April 09, 2010, 7:00:00 PM
Troy rode superbly in practice, qualifying and then Superpole today and was on course for an historic front row grid place, but lost out by less than a tenth of a second in final Superpole. Troy ended with the fifth fastest time and will now start tomorrowÔÇÖs pair of 23-lap races from row two of the grid just behind Superpole winner Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha). Second quickest today is local favourite Carlos Checa (Ducati), with Max Biaggi (Aprilia) third and Leon Haslam (Suzuki) fourth. TroyÔÇÖs fifth place means that his BMW is one of five different manufacturers filling the top five positions on the grid. Troy - 5th, 1:34.059 Finally, I feel really comfortable with bike and I can do a whole lap without having to think about every corner. This is the biggest thing for me. We made a good step at the recent Portimao tests and made further progress yesterday and today here and now I feel much more confident about my prospects. Most of the work has been on the electronics - traction control, clutch and engine-braking, but now IÔÇÖve got the bike the way I want and I can just go out and ride. I have had to change my riding style for this bike and thatÔÇÖs not an easy thing to do, but it is necessary in order to get it round the track quickly. Changing your riding style is a big thing and when you are in the middle of doing it, your confidence can drop, so now that I am comfortable on the bike, I already am feeling more confident. Many times recently, I have been riding within myself, but now I feel much more in control. The telemetry is working better and we can understand more about whatÔÇÖs going on and then decide what to do. Working with it is also helping us get a better level of grip and the electronics now help maintain the grip so, with all this working well, I feel I will be able to push harder in the second part of the race. IÔÇÖm looking forward to the two races tomorrow and hope that all these recent improvements and hard work will bear fruit and we can finish with two very good results.
Team Reitwagen BMW riders Andrew Pitt and Roland Resch knew in advance that the twisty 4.000 kilometre Valencia circuit was never going to give them an easy ride, especially with no previous data to work with, but Andrew managed to qualify for the Superpole shoot-out and Roland got through his second day of racetrack rehabilitation without any problems. Practice and qualifying had been very intense and sometimes only one second separated the top eighteen or so riders, so for Andrew to even qualify for Superpole was a mean achievement. At the end of a frantic Superpole, Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha) took the win, with local favourite Carlos Checa (Ducati) second and Max Biaggi (Aprilia) third. Leon Haslam (Suzuki) was fourth and Troy CorserÔÇÖs fifth (on the factory BMW) meant that the top five places on the grid will be filled by five different manufacturers.
Andrew #88 ÔÇô 19th, 1:36.088: ÔÇ£Just before the first Superpole, there was a problem with my number one bike and I had to use the other bike instead. It had a different set-up and so I couldnÔÇÖt push as hard as I wanted to and I knew it was going to be a pretty hard task getting into Superpole 2. It wouldÔÇÖve been good to get into Superpole 2 but, considering what happened, IÔÇÖm not too disappointed and I guess we ended up probably where we deserved.
The balance of my bike is good, but we did have a bit of a problem at the rear today. One direction we took was too hard and another was too soft, so we are now working on a compromise and will see how it goes in tomorrowÔÇÖs warm-up.ÔÇØ
Roland #123 ÔÇô 25th, 1:36.639: ÔÇ£My body feels good and I had no pain today, so thatÔÇÖs good news. We began the day using a Phillip Island type of set-up and then made some changes to try and improve it in the afternoon free practice, but it didnÔÇÖt work out so good. ItÔÇÖs so hard qualifying well when so many riders are very close in lap times and one small slip or mistake is enough to put you way down the grid. But really this weekend is all about me being back on the bike and putting in the laps. This time I will be taking part in my first race for the team and although the two races are going to be tough, I aim to try and get into the points in both 23-lappers.ÔÇØ
[url= http://www.motogp.com/en/news/2010/motogp+qualifying+practice+qatar]motogp.com[/url]: Stoner dominance rolls on with top spot in qualifying.
[url= http://www.bridgestonemotorsport.com/Bridgestone/en-gb/Championships/MotoGP/News/Stoner+takes+first+pole+position+of+2010+faster+than+Losail+lap+record.htm]bridgestonemotorsport.com[/url]: Stoner takes first pole position of 2010 faster than Losail lap record
[url= http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKLDE6390IB20100410?feedType=RSS&feedName=motorSportsNews&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+reuters%2FUKMotorSportsNews+%28News+%2F+UK+%2F+Motor+Sports+News%29]reuters.com[/url]: Stoner on pole for Qatar MotoGP season opener
1 27 Casey STONER
AUS Ducati Marlboro Team Ducati 329.1 1'55.007
2 46 Valentino ROSSI
ITA Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha 319.4 1'55.362 0.355 / 0.355
3 99 Jorge LORENZO
SPA Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha 320.5 1'55.520 0.513 / 0.158
4 14 Randy DE PUNIET
FRA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 319.2 1'55.831 0.824 / 0.311
5 65 Loris CAPIROSSI
ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 321.6 1'55.899 0.892 / 0.068
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO
ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 325.8 1'55.963 0.956 / 0.064
7 26 Dani PEDROSA
SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 323.0 1'55.990 0.983 / 0.027
8 5 Colin EDWARDS
USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 318.7 1'56.005 0.998 / 0.015
9 69 Nicky HAYDEN
USA Ducati Marlboro Team Ducati 322.2 1'56.163 1.156 / 0.158
10 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA
JPN Interwetten Honda MotoGP Honda 323.7 1'56.227 1.220 / 0.064
11 11 Ben SPIES
USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 318.0 1'56.271 1.264 / 0.044
12 36 Mika KALLIO
FIN Pramac Racing Team Ducati 328.5 1'56.283 1.276 / 0.012
13 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA
SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 319.5 1'56.450 1.443 / 0.167
14 41 Aleix ESPARGARO
SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 321.5 1'56.652 1.645 / 0.202
15 58 Marco SIMONCELLI
ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 320.7 1'56.957 1.950 / 0.305
16 40 Hector BARBERA
SPA Paginas Amarillas Aspar Ducati 326.6 1'57.130 2.123 / 0.173
17 33 Marco MELANDRI
ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 321.8 1'57.325 2.318 / 0.195
[b]Formula 1 and ÔÇª[/b]
[url= http://www.formula1.com/news/headlines/2010/4/10648.html]formula1.com[/url]: China preview quotes ÔÇô Williams, McLaren, Mercedes GP & more
[b]Other Racing News[/b]
[url= http://www.motorcyclenews.com/MCN/News/newsresults/General-news/2010/April/apr0910-bsb-spec-s1000rr-for-sale/?&R=EPI-123309]motorcyclenews.com[/url]: BSB-spec BMW S1000RR up for sale
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[b]On the Street[/b]
[url= http://www.clutchandchrome.com/news/news/sons-of-anarchy-rumors]clutchandchrome.com[/url]: Sons of Anarchy rumors and off-screen roles
Half Sack? ÔÇô Belfast? ÔÇô no news of Adam and teaching acting classes
[url= http://www.motorcyclenews.com/MCN/News/newsresults/General-news/2010/April/apr0910-bsb-spec-s1000rr-for-sale/?&R=EPI-123309]motorcyclenews.com[/url]: 2010 BMW K130S vs Honda VFR1200F shootout
This story is fascinates me on so many levels.
[url= http://www.cyrilhuzeblog.com/2010/04/10/motorcycle-speeder-charged-with-felony-for-posting-traffic-stop-video-on-youtube/]cyrilhuzblog.com[/url]: Motorcycle speeder charged with felony for posting traffic stop video on YouTube
[url=http://hellforleathermagazine.com/2010/04/skip-barber-superbike-school-g.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+HellForLeather+%28Hell+For+Leather%29]HFL[/url]: Skip Barber Superbike School goes all RC8
[url=http://news.motorbiker.org/blogs.nsf/dx/ride-exceptional-motorcycles-in-the-south-of-france.htm]Bikes in the Fast Lane[/url]: Ride excedptional motorcycles in the South of France
[url=http://www.cyrilhuzeblog.com/2010/04/09/are-we-ready-for-the-inevitable-motorcycle-industry-rebound/]cyrilhuzeblog.com[/url]: Are we ready for the inevitable motorcycle industry rebound?
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Found on ebay
This is an interesting bike: the chassis is from 1956 and the engine is from 1966. The 1966 R69S motor was taken out of another bike owned by the builder (according to the eBay listing), and the current state of the bike has stayed the same since it was originally put together.
Tuesday, April 13 - Part 1
[b]WSBK et al. [/b]
[url= http://www.worldsbk.com/en/news/latest-news/3031-haga-back-to-winning-ways-at-valencia.html]worldsbk.com[/url]: Haga back to winning ways at Valencia
[url= http://www.worldsbk.com/en/news/latest-news/3032-toseland-takes-his-first-podium-at-valencia-.html]worldsbk.com[/url]: Toesland takes his first podium
[url= http://www.worldsbk.com/en/news/latest-news/3033-haslam-mainly-on-the-plain-in-spain.html]worldsbk.com[/url]: Haslam mainly on the plain in Spain
BMW PressClub France ÔÇô translation by bing.com
FRANCE 2010 SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP
The weekend of the 3and 4 April took place at the opening of France Superbike Championship round L?®denon. The 1000 RR of team BMW France S are driven by Sebastien Gimbert (French national champion title) and Erwan Nigon (vice champion of France 2008).
With these pilots renowned, expectations of the public and the media were very high, since the S 1000 RR showed its high potential by winning, last week, the sleeve opening Cup FIM Superstock 1000 at Portimao (Portugal).
Show the public had, erratic weather conditions giving rise to many developments. The alternation between rain and cloudy led teams to opt for very diverse tire choices with a majority of mixed montes (rain front, slick back) on departure, including for the BMW grid. One exception, Vincent Philippe takes the risk of starting a still wet with an intermediate tire on the front and a slick back, winning combination that day tire runway. The pole-man Jake Da Costa, meanwhile, remains in rain tire which repoussera 6th place on the first race. Erwan Nigon, placed second on the starting grid, patina on startup and herself in substance classification as soon as the first turn. The track drying, it demonstrated a mental wholesale and provides a spectacular escalated up to 3rd place, just behind his teammate S?®bastien Gimbert and 10 seconds behind the winner, Vincent Philippe.
The second race is also rich in developments. After only a few rounds, a shower just pause the show. Cut-then relaunched on 13 rounds, the fight was throat between Erwan Nigon and Julien Da Costa (Kawasaki). Nigon be able to take advantage, but will be double to 3 towers of the end. Julien Da Costa made then evidence of lot of cold-blooded to resist successive attacks of Erwan, loose nothing and ends at the end of this beautiful empoignade second. On this second round, S?®bastien Gimbert intelligently provides the 5th place with a tuning fork does not to exploit the power of his S 1000 RR braking.
Happy results of the team, Erwan Nigon confirms that, despite the lack of roulages and tests in this configuration, has been able to fight at the top of the Championship at the first two rounds of L?®denon 1000 RR s performance. One thing is certain, the BMW in the coup and are clearly there to play many podiums of the Championship.
Despite difficult weather conditions, the motivation of our drivers proved to fixed beautiful and S?®bastien Gimbert, on the podium, scandait: "Although there are some spills, we're here to make of motorcycle racing!"
2 Drivers team BMW France and their S 1000 RR therefore demonstrated the potential of BMW victory by marking valuable points in ranking ex-aequo respectively 2nd and 3rd in the Championship.
We noterons the Lo?»c Napoleone result that ranks 7th on the first race starting grid. Unfortunately a fall without gravity in the first race and a mild technical incident him are complete two races not classified. Also welcome the result of Alexandre Perrault that moves 15th and 29th respectively of first and second race.
Provisional rankings Championship: the next races (24 and 25 April Nogaro) will certainly rich in developments and no doubt that Sebastien and Erwan can bring high BMW and S 1000 RR in particular colors.
[b]SuperStock 1000 Cup[/b]
BMW PressClub Italy ÔÇô translation by bing.com
Valencia, 11 April 2010-second test of the Superstock FIM Cup 2010 and second consecutive victory for S 1000 RR of BMW Motorrad Italy Superstock team, led by Ayrton Badovini.
After dominating the tests, Badovini took command of the race in third of thirteen rounds with a twofold overtaking on Barrier and Giugliano and imposing its own rythm which enabled him to win with little more than three seconds on the same Giugliano (Suzuki). Thanks to this assertion, Ayrton leads to FIM Cup scoring with twenty-one lengths.
"I'm more than happy. Win twice in a row is a satisfaction. Do it then on this track that I never liked too, increase your pleasure. I raced one race of head, managing the advantage acquired thanks to a couple of turns at a good pace. We're just at the beginning but to have 21 margin points from us for the next race in Assen ".
Unfortunate proof of Daniel Beretta had to retire to a technical problem during the first lap, after being the author of an excellent start.
Serafino Foti, team manager of the BMW Motorrad Italy Superstock team said: "after two consecutive victories we are obviously pleased. Ayrton was really a concrete pilot, managing good weekend and slip yesterday did not in any way compromise his performance. I am very sorry for Daniel that perhaps had managed to reach the feeling that until now had failed ".
Andrea Buzzoni, Director BMW Motorrad USA "season is going on in the best possible way, confirming the performance of the excellent debut of Portimao. A significant trend in optics Championship. I was struck by the maturity with which a great Ayrton led the race. I also compliments to the whole team for the great ability to attain and stabilisation of performance ".
The ranking of the race:
1. Badovini a. (ITA) BMW S1000 RR 21 ' 17508 (146,719 kph)-2. Giugliano d. (ITA) Suzuki GSX-R 1000 3080-3 Barrier s. (FRA) BMW S1000 RR 4693-4. Magnoni m. (ITA) Honda CBR1000RR 5971-5. Baz l. (FRA) Yamaha yzf R1 9169-6. Antonelli a. (ITA) Honda CBR1000RR 9313-7. Tutusaus p. (ESP) KTM 1190 RC8 R 9705-8. Barragan s. (ESP) Honda CBR1000RR 516-9. Bussolotti m. (ITA) Honda CBR1000RR 16151-10. Barons l. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 16410
Fastest lap: 4th of Badovini in 1 ' 36 "827 average of 148,905 km/h
[url=http://www.bmwra.org/racing/?p=129&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1]bmwra.org[/url]: Iron Horse BMW
IRON HORSE BMW/ ESP SUPERBIKE STEPS UP DEVELOPMENT AT WERA LAS VEGAS
[url=http://www.ultimatemotorcycling.com/2010_Ben_Spies_Mind_Over_MotoGP_Matter]ultimatemotorcycling.com[/url]: Ben Spies ÔÇô Mind over MotoGP matter
[url=http://www.motogp.com/en/news/2010/spies+and+edwards+review+qatar+gp]motogp.com[/url]: Spies ÔÇ£super happyÔÇØ as Edwards targets more grip
[url= http://www.motogp.com/en/news/2010/video+press+conference+post+gp]motogp.com[/url]: Full Losail post race press conference
[b]Formula 1 and ÔÇª[/b]
[url=http://www.fia.com/en-GB/mediacentre/pressreleases/f1releases/2010/Pages/f1_preview_chn.aspx]fia.com[/url]: Chinese GP Preview
This is sad.
[url=http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKLDE63B26T20100412?feedType=RSS&feedName=motorSportsNews&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+reuters%2FUKMotorSportsNews+%28News+%2F+UK+%2F+Motor+Sports+News%29]reuters.com[/url]: Seized US F1 team trailers for sale on eBay
This was expected
After discussions between their lawyers and those of the FIA, Mr Flavio Briatore and Mr Pat Symonds have each made a settlement offer to the FIA President with a view to putting an immediate end to the legal proceedings. [url=After discussions between their lawyers and those of the FIA, Mr Flavio Briatore and Mr Pat Symonds have each made a settlement offer to the FIA President with a view to putting an immediate end to the legal proceedings. [url=http://www.fia.com/en-GB/mediacentre/pressreleases/FIA/2010/Pages/fia_tribunal.aspx]Full press release[/url]
Meanwhile at the 2010 sans Briatore and Symonds version of Renault F1 ÔÇô
[url=http://www.formula1.com/news/interviews/2010/4/10652.html]formula1.com[/url]: Renalut ÔÇô We can move ahead of Mercedes
Teusday, April 13 - Part 2
[b]On the Street[/b]
[url=http://www.sportrider.com/features/146_1005_motorcycle_riding_at_speed/index.html]sportrider.com[/url]: Benchracing: Riding at speed
[url=http://news.motorbiker.org/blogs.nsf/dx/moto-morini-bought.htm]Bikes in the Fast Lane[/url]: Moto Morini bought
A bit more detail from
[url=http://www.motorcyclenews.com/MCN/News/newsresults/New-bikes/2010/April/berlusconi-saves-moto-morini/?R=EPI-123400]motorcyclenews.com[/url]: Paolo Berlusconi saves failing Moto Morini
[url=http://www.motorcycle.in.th/article.php/Ducatis-former-Design-Boss-at-Moto-Guzzi]motorcycle.in.th[/url]: Ducati’s former design director at Moto Guzzi
[url=http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/motors/biker/2928505/Suzuki-FA-takes-on-Bandit.html?OTC-RSS&ATTR=Biker]thesun.co.uk[/url]: Suzuki FA takes on Bandit
Neither bike mentioned in the article is currently available in the US. Watch out when they are they will take the sport touring market by storm.
Rumor Fodder: [url=http://www.clutchandchrome.com/news/news/rebirth-of-legendary-motorcycle-company-from-auto-acquisition]Clutch and Chrom.com[/url]: Rebirth of legendary motorcycle company
Another VW motorcycle rumor – This one has VW / Suzuki restarting the NSU brand but misses the point of the business deal struck between the two.
[url=http://hellforleathermagazine.com/2010/04/a-dummys-guide-to-electric-mot-1.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+HellForLeather+%28Hell+For+Leather%29]HFL[/url]: Dummy’s guide to electric motorcycles, part two
BMW Group has good numbers to report world wide in all segments. Rolls Royce Motorcars is producing new models and will show some serious kick butt percentages this year as it moves into its new model lineup. The other cage segments are showing a recovery at the group level but some concern remains on a country by country basis.
The motorcycle numbers are up also at a 20.9% increase. BMW gives aggregate figures in these press releases. I would love to get inside the numbers and see how models and countries break down. Sales of the S1000 RR are leading the way based on individual country press releases. BMW Mexico, for example, was up over 35% crediting the superbike sales as the leader in this. The S1000 RR sales are bucking market trends. In the UK for example the category was down [url=http://www.visordown.com/motorcycle-news-industry/bmw-buck-sales-slump-with-s1000rr-and-r1200gs/10650.html]27%[/url] overall while BMW was reporting market leading strong sales of their new offering.The move into the superbike market is beginning to show returns. How other models in the product line are fairing is not clear.
BMW Group sales in/up to March 2010 at a glance
In March 2010 / Comp. to prev. year / Up to and incl. March 2010 /Comp. to prev. year
BMW Group Automobiles 141,701 +12.1% 315,614 +13.8%
BMW 117,696 +12.7% 265,809 +13.8%
MINI 23,880 +9.1% 49,526 +13.6%
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars 125 +78.6% 279 +60.3%
[b]BMW Motorcycles 11,541 +26.8% 20,840 +20.9%[/b]
[b]TOPBMW Group with sales growth of 13.8% in first quarter [/b]
• Press Release
Munich. The BMW Group increased sales by 13.8% percent in the first quarter: A total of 315,614 (prev. yr. 277,264) BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brand automobiles were delivered to customers worldwide.
The company’s sales volumes rose 12.1% in March to reach a total of 141,701 (prev. yr. 126,381) vehicles. All three brands made strong gains: Sales of BMW brand vehicles climbed 12.7% to 117,696 (prev. yr. 104,423) units in the month under review. MINI delivered 23,880 vehicles in March (prev. yr. 21,888 / +9.1%), while Rolls-Royce automobiles were presented to 125 customers (prev. yr. 70 /+78.6%) last month.
Ian Robertson, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Sales and Marketing: “We are back on our growth track in nearly all the automobile markets. We had a good first quarter with a sales increase of 13.8%. We intend to continue improving on last year’s figures throughout the second quarter – thanks not least to the new BMW 5 Series Sedan and new models such as the 3 Series Coup?® and Convertible.” Robertson added: “For 2010 as a whole, we are aiming for healthy growth in the single-digit percent range to reach more than 1.3 million vehicles.”
The BMW Group made gains in almost all automobile markets in the first quarter. The company achieved new quarterly records not only in the emerging BRIC countries of Brazil (1,658 / +131.2%), Russia (4,668 / +11.6%), India (1,314 / +32.5%) and China (34,179 / +106.1%), but also in Austria (3,589 / +23.1%), South Korea (3,517 / +65.8%) and Malaysia (967 / +14.0%), as well as in the Latin American markets (4,173 / +71.0% - including Brazil) and the Middle East (3,908 / +13.1%).
Despite the overall downward market trend, the BMW Group was the only German manufacturer to also make gains in its largest single market, Germany, where it expanded its market share. With a total of 56,617 (prev. yr. 55,837) vehicles sold in the country in the first three months of the year, there were 1.4% more new BMW and MINI registrations than in the same period last year.
In the United States, the company posted a 7.4% increase in volumes, with sales of 55,051 (prev. yr. 51,244) vehicles between January and March. Substantial increases were also seen in other key markets: For instance, in the United Kingdom sales climbed 13.8% to 34,327 (prev. yr. 30,165) units; in France sales were up 5.2% to 14,462 (prev. yr. 13,745) units; and in Spain sales were 37.4% higher at 10,374 (prev. yr. 7,549) units.
Once again the BMW brand’s larger model series – the BMW 7 Series with 14,245 (prev. yr. 9,246 /+54.1%) deliveries and the BMW X5 and X6 models with combined total deliveries of 33,723 (prev. yr. 30,784 /+9.5%) vehicles – contributed to first-quarter sales gains. Another key growth driver in the first three months of the year was the BMW Z4 Roadster with 6,461(prev. yr. 1,563 / +313.4%) deliveries. All three model series remained the clear global market leaders in their respective segments.
With a million units produced since its launch in 2004, the BMW 1 Series is another driving force behind the growth of the world’s leading manufacturer of premium automobiles. In the first quarter of 2010, this compact model series with four body variants reported an increase in sales of 2.4% to reach a total of 47,909 (prev. yr. 46,798) units. What is traditionally BMW’s highest-volume series, the BMW 3 Series, recorded 91,619 (prev. yr. 89,468 / +2.4%) sales in the period under review.
Ian Robertson: “New orders for the two newly launched X1 and 5 Series Sedan models are looking very good – easily exceeding our already high expectations. We are also very pleased with the market response to the new BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo.” No fewer than 19,657 BMW X1 and 4,484 BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo were delivered to customers during the first three months of the year. The new BMW 5 Series Sedan has been available in Europe since late March and will launch in the US in June. Initial deliveries of the new BMW 5 Series Touring and the new MINI Countryman will begin in the autumn of 2010 – hence sales are expected to further increase in the second half of the year in particular. Revised models of the BMW 3 Series Coup?® and Convertible, available to customers since late March, will provide additional momentum.
The main growth driver for the MINI brand in the first quarter was the MINI Convertible, which delivered the strongest growth with 5,954 (prev. yr. 1,878) sales worldwide (+217.0%). Considerably more customers chose the MINI One’s Hatch and Clubman variants than in the same period last year, with a total of 12,302 units (prev. yr. 6,889 / +78.6%) sold.
[b]The BMW Motorcycle segment clearly exceeded last year’s sales in the first three months of this year: Sales were 20.9% higher at 20,840 units (17,232). In March 2010, 11,541 motorcycles – an increase of 26.8% - were delivered to customers (prev. yr . 9,100). [/b]
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1. Appeal to the next generation of BMW riders:
- Our new software will help fulfill the user experience expectation of younger riders.
- The S1000RR Superstakes is all about a bike that who's riders represent a 34-year average age demographic.
2. While maintaining our core culture: …
4. Carefully managing our budget during a challenging economy:
- The Superbike Superstakes was design with three goals: build membership, reach out to a new group of riders, and create excitement. It is working. Our renewal rate this spring is twice as high as our pre-recession rate. We have sold close to 6,000 tickets, 60% of which have gone to exiting members. This is generating many new - and renewal - members, and a very important source of cash for the club during a tight financial year.
From BMW Group Mexico
BMW Motorrad placed 312 motorcycles, allowing to reach a 37.4% increase (1Q 2009: 227). In January, the brand delved into a new segment with the new superdeportiva BMW S 1000 RR, which offers a wonderful relationship between power-to-weight. That same month BMW Motorrad renewed line R 1200 series with maximum comfort and enhanced engines motorcycles.
HMM… Appealing to a new generation of BMW riders while maintaining the core model lineup.
Sponsor a rider to attract new members…But whom?
[url=http://www.bmwra.org/racing/?p=125&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1 ]“Nate won seven races out of seven entered on the potent S1000RR: GTO, Unlimited Supersport (grooved DOT tires), Unlimited Superbike and Unlimited GP. Many of the bikes there were full race-prepped AMA level race bikes.”[/url]
Ambassador Nate Kern – hmmm – The new S1000RR combined with a BMW MOA Ambassador appealing to new BMW fans
The Iron Horse BMW/Evan Steel Performance Superbike continued its evolution from showroom stock to Superbike weapon in WERA competition at Las Vegas Speedway over the weekend. Chris Peris and the ESP crew were continuing to familiarize themselves with the BMW S1000RR Superbike and fine tune its setup.
For Sponsorship inquiries contact Murph at Syndicate Motorsport Management, LLC:
Could this be a way to spend money to attract new members while helping the balance the budget and maintaining part of our core culture?
I am not a surgeon and I do not play one on TV but have been involved in enough vehicle heart transplants to know that more often than not they are bloody messes running on life support for the rest of their lives unless thought time and care are taken. The fate of many transplant projects is similar to a recent caf?® project we attempted for my daughter which has been sitting in the morgue, a.k.a. storage unit, for a year and a half. In the right hands the outcome of a heart transplant can be very impressive.
My apologies to the original source I did not write the web address in my notes on the bike.
Today’s cruller is the result of matting a aging Yamaha 175 enduro chassis and a rebuilt Yamaha XS 650 engine. Staying within species, or brands in the case of motorized vehicles, can make a transplant easier for many reasons; however, in this case extensive chassis modifications were needed to accommodate another 475ccs of engine.
[size=1]Stock image not the donor bike[/size]
Chassis surgery is the point where most transplants turn ugly. All to often the would be [url=http://great-scientists.suite101.com/article.cfm/christiaan_barnard_biography]Christian Barnard[/url] mechanic lacks the requisite diversity of skills to pull this off. This is where time thought and planning come into play. The unknown builder had these skills and from the pictures pulled off a very successful transplant operation.
Working surgeon friends who did the chassis mods our builder focused on details such as making an exhaust system that mimics the original bike’s and all the pesky work. The end result is visually stunning.
How it handles on the street or in the real world may be another story but one I would love to throw a leg over and find out about.
I have a few days off coming up. I wonder where the storage unit key is. Nah I think I will stick to the plan to take the Roadster out and ride…maybe along the way to the storage unit.
Qualifying Update - Team Comments
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