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    Saturday Updates: WSBK Assen Superpole, F1

    Superpole Assen


    Checa ÔÇô Assen 2011


    Smrz ÔÇô Assen 2011


    Laverty ÔÇô Assen 2011


    worldsbk.com: Checa scores pole at Assen

    1 7 C. CHECA ESP Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 1'37.114 1'36.596 43 1'35.292 1'35.292 171,590

    2 96 J. SMRZ CZE Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing Ducati 1098R 1'36.058 1'36.263 40 1'35.560 0.268 1'35.560 171,109

    3 58 E. LAVERTY IRL Yamaha World Superbike Team Yamaha YZF R1 1'37.024 1'36.729 40 1'35.580 0.288 1'35.580 171,073

    4 41 N. HAGA JPN PATA Racing Team Aprilia Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'37.106 1'36.368 36 1'35.920 0.628 1'35.920 170,467

    5 4 J. REA GBR Castrol Honda Honda CBR1000RR 1'37.063 1'36.035 43 1'36.138 0.846 1'36.138 170,081

    6 1 M. BIAGGI ITA Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'36.287 1'36.790 49 1'36.302 1.010 1'36.302 169,791

    7 66 T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Superbike Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'36.747 1'37.036 40 1'36.351 1.059 1'36.351 169,705

    8 33 M. MELANDRI ITA Yamaha World Superbike Team Yamaha YZF R1 1'36.494 1'37.559 41 1'37.036 1.744 1'37.036 168,507

    -------------------------------------------------- Superpole 2 --------------------------------------------------

    9 2 L. CAMIER GBR Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'37.373 1'36.728 38 1'35.903 1'35.903 170,497

    10 11 T. CORSER AUS BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 1'36.876 1'36.322 43 1'35.954 0.051 1'35.954 170,407

    11 17 J. LASCORZ ESP Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'37.364 1'36.841 35 1'35.983 0.080 1'35.983 170,355

    12 91 L. HASLAM GBR BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 1'36.989 1'36.455 40 1'36.089 0.186 1'36.089 170,167

    -------------------------------------------------- Superpole 1 --------------------------------------------------

    13 84 M. FABRIZIO ITA Team Suzuki Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'36.550 1'37.674 41 1'36.148 1'36.148 170,063

    14 111 R. XAUS ESP Castrol Honda Honda CBR1000RR 1'37.424 1'36.643 35 1'36.260 0.112 1'36.260 169,865

    15 50 S. GUINTOLI FRA Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing Ducati 1098R 1'37.899 1'37.005 39 1'36.361 0.213 1'36.361 169,687

    16 86 A. BADOVINI ITA BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team BMW S1000 RR 1'37.613 1'37.186 36 1'36.920 0.772 1'36.920 168,708

    -------------------------------------------------- Others in Grid --------------------------------------------------

    17 121 M. BERGER FRA Supersonic Racing Team Ducati 1098R 1'37.853 1'37.272 44 1'37.272 168,098

    18 77 C. VERMEULEN AUS Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'38.452 1'37.501 29 1'37.501 167,703

    19 37 B. VENEMAN NED BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team BMW S1000 RR 1'37.716 1'37.569 33 1'37.569 167,586

    20 44 R. ROLFO ITA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'38.487 1'37.676 44 1'37.676 167,402

    21 8 M. AITCHISON AUS Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'38.713 1'37.794 40 1'37.794 167,200


    Alpha Racing: Assen ÔÇô 2 Qualifying and Superpole

    Saturday, 16 April 2011. Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy. Temperature: Air: 16 ÔÇô 17 ??C, Track: 16 ÔÇô 19 ??C Number of riders participating: 21 from 12 teams Fastest lap Qualifying Practices: Jonathan Rea (Castrol Honda) 1:36.035 min Fastest lap Superpole 3: Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) 1:35.292 min Today Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport put in a strong performance, but did not get the reward it deserved. Works riders, Troy Corser (AUS) and Leon Haslam (GBR), will start the third round of the 2011 FIM Superbike World Championship at Assen (NED) from the third row. Troy finished the Superpole Qualifying tenth, and Leon twelfth. Before that both riders demonstrated the potential of their BMW S 1000 RRs. They finished all practice and qualifying sessions in top positions, with Troy being fastest in the second free practice. But in the second Superpole session the team suffered unexpected tyre issues. Troy Corser: Fastest lap Qualifying Practices: 1:36.322 min (P4) / Fastest lap FP: 1:35.818 min (P1) / Fastest lap Superpole 2: 1:35.954 min (P10) ÔÇ£On race tyres the bike feels good. We are able to run consistently good lap times and our race pace looks good for tomorrow. Superpole today was certainly disappointing, as we struggled to get the optimum performance from the qualifying tyres. So tomorrow we will have to focus on getting a good start and try and push to run with the riders on the front row. Still I am confident enough in my starts to hopefully achieve that.ÔÇØ Leon Haslam: Fastest lap Qualifying Practices: 1:36.455 min (P6) / Fastest lap FP: 1:36.457 min (P6) / Fastest lap Superpole 2: 1:36.089 min (P12) ÔÇ£Today was a tough day, as we have good race pace and our times on race tyres are good. We have worked on fine tuning our set-up for the race this weekend, and we are happy with the progress we made on that side. Sadly when we put on the qualifying tyres we suffered from some issues that prevented me from going any quicker. ItÔÇÖs a shame to finish up in twelfth because my times on race tyres were good enough to get me through to Superpole 3. The qualifying tyre just didnÔÇÖt work for us today. ItÔÇÖs frustrating because this is the first time I have been off the front row. Still we now need to forget about this and concentrate on the tomorrowÔÇÖs races.ÔÇØ Rainer B?ñumel (Head of Race Operations): ÔÇ£Unfortunately in the second Superpole session we struggled with our qualifying tyres. Both riders were affected by this, so we only qualified for the third row. Tomorrow we will try to make the best we can out of it. We are quite confident because our long run performance with race tyres is still very good. I expect very close races - the same as we saw here last year. We have to try to be in the leading group, and then a lot will be possible.ÔÇØ

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    BMW Motorrad Motorsport - WSBK- Assen - Superpole
    ÔÇó 16.04.2011
    ÔÇó Press Release
    Weather conditions: Mostly cloudy.
    Temperature: Air: 16 ÔÇô 17 ??C, Track: 16 ÔÇô 19 ??C
    Number of riders participating: 21 from 12 teams
    Fastest lap Qualifying Practices: Jonathan Rea (Castrol Honda) 1:36.035 min
    Fastest lap Superpole 3: Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) 1:35.292 min


    Today Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport put in a strong performance, but did not get the reward it deserved. Works riders, Troy Corser (AUS) and Leon Haslam (GBR), will start the third round of the 2011 FIM Superbike World Championship at Assen (NED) from the third row. Troy finished the Superpole Qualifying tenth, and Leon 12th. Before that both riders demonstrated the potential of their BMW S 1000 RRs. They finished all practice and qualifying sessions in top positions, with Troy being fastest in the second free practice. But in the second Superpole session the team suffered unexpected tyre issues.

    Troy Corser:
    Fastest lap Qualifying Practices: 1:36.322 min (P4) / Fastest lap FP: 1:35.818 min (P1) / Fastest lap Superpole 2: 1:35.954 min (P10)
    ÔÇ£On race tyres the bike feels good. We are able to run consistently good lap times and our race pace looks good for tomorrow. Superpole today was certainly disappointing, as we struggled to get the optimum performance from the qualifying tyres. So tomorrow we will have to focus on getting a good start and try and push to run with the riders on the front row. Still I am confident enough in my starts to hopefully achieve that.ÔÇØ



    Leon Haslam:
    Fastest lap Qualifying Practices: 1:36.455 min (P6) / Fastest lap FP: 1:36.457 min (P6) / Fastest lap Superpole 2: 1:36.089 min (P12)
    ÔÇ£Today was a tough day, as we have good race pace and our times on race tyres are good. We have worked on fine tuning our set-up for the race this weekend, and we are happy with the progress we made on that side. Sadly when we put on the qualifying tyres we suffered from some issues that prevented me from going any quicker. ItÔÇÖs a shame to finish up in 12th because my times on race tyres were good enough to get me through to Superpole 3. The qualifying tyre just didnÔÇÖt work for us today. ItÔÇÖs frustrating because this is the first time I have been off the front row. Still we now need to forget about this and concentrate on the tomorrowÔÇÖs races.ÔÇØ



    Rainer B?ñumel (Head of Race Operations):
    ÔÇ£Unfortunately in the second Superpole session we struggled with our qualifying tyres. Both riders were affected by this, so we only qualified for the third row. Tomorrow we will try to make the best we can out of it. We are quite confident because our long run performance with race tyres is still very good. I expect very close races - the same as we saw here last year. We have to try to be in the leading group, and then a lot will be possible.ÔÇØ

    BMW Motorrad Italia Superbike Team - Assen - Practice Day 2
    ÔÇó 16.04.2011
    ÔÇó Press Release

    The BMW Motorrad Superbike Italia Team has managed to enter Superpole for the first time with Ayrton Badovini who finished qualifying in sixteenth place. In Superpole Ayrton was not able to make better use of his qualifying tyres with the current set-up and will start from the fourth row.

    In the second qualifying session, a spectacular crash in which Barry Veneman was involved, meant he wasnÔÇÖt able to do better than 19th and he will start from the fifth row.

    Ayrton Badovini said:
    "I am pleased to be able to enter Superpole for the first time. It was definitely a goal I had set for myself. We've not got the perfect set-up and, with the qualifying tyre, some negative aspects are magnified. I'm pretty confident for the race, for which tyre wear will count a lot, and it will be interesting to see what happens from mid-race onwards".



    The BMW Motorrad Italia Superstock team riders, in their 2011 debut, could not have done better, as Sylvain Barrier took pole position. The Frenchman took pole by just over a tenth of a second from the first Ducati. Lorenzo Zanetti is continuing to bond with the S 1000 RR, ridden by him for the first time this year, and will start from second row having set the eighth fastest time.
    Serafino Foti, sporting director of BMW Motorrad Italia Superbike Team said: "It 's the first Superpole of the season and the first time Ayrton has used the qualifiers. Unfortunately, he wasnÔÇÖt able to take full advantage of the tyres, which give the best time on their first lap. We must work hard to improve in this area in the future.

    The Superstock team has made a good start. Sylvain was able to take pole position, thanks to the teamÔÇÖs hard work, although he had a small problem that slowed him towards the end, otherwise he would have found more time. Lorenzo, who has been struggling, starts on the second row but looking forward to the race we have found the right direction. This year the Superstock championship will be a fight between many riders right down to the final victory.ÔÇØ
    SUPERBIKE - SUPERPOLE: 1?? C. Checa (Ducati) 1'35.292 - 2?? J. Smrz (Ducati) 1'35.560 - 3?? E. Laverty (Yamaha) 1'35.580...16?? A. Badovini (BMW) 1'36"920...19?? B. Veneman (BMW) 1'37.569.
    SUPERSTOCK: 1?? S. Barrier (BMW) 1'39.208 - 2?? D. Giugliano (Ducati) 1'39.338 - 3?? D. Petrucci (Ducati) 1'39.470...8?? L. Zanetti (BMW) 1'40"208.

    Chris Vermeulen Assen Qualifying


    suzukiracing.com: Fabrizio held back in Superpole



    {url=http://www.worldsbk.com/en/news/5-news/7172-stock-pot-stirred-by-barrier-and-bmw.html]worldsbk.com[/url]: Stock pot stirred by Barrier and BMW STK1000

    STK600 Race ÔÇô Assen 2011



    Formula 1

    fia.com: Chinese Grand Prix - Conference 3
    16/04/2011
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    1. Sebastian VETTEL (Red Bull)
    2. Jenson BUTTON (McLaren)
    3. Lewis HAMILTON (McLaren)

    formula1.com: Qualifying analysis - can McLaren end VettelÔÇÖs winning streak?

    formula1.com: Interview ÔÇô Nico Rosberg
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    The best laid plans of mice and men aft gang agley.

    Friday practice and qualifying sessions were conducted by BMW with the intent of getting to Superpole but saving tyres. That worked. They werenÔÇÖt as fast as the Italian horde chasing Smrz in Q1 but on hard tires Corser and Haslam turned in a decent performance.

    Looking at the results for Superpole 1 the gap between the ideal lap time and the best lap time suggest that both had their bikes dialed in for the pole chase but in Superpole 2 the same sheets point to Haslam quickly falling out of the setup sweet spot. With no gap between ideal and actual in the first session the gap increased to 0.122 and his position dropped form P6 to P12 and he did not advance to the final round. CorserÔÇÖs gap changed little between the two sessions but the resulting lap time in the second session only put him one position up on his teammate in P11.

    Reports from the team and riders point to problems with the qualifying tyres. If I understand CorserÔÇÖs explanation the team is getting a handle on setting the S 1000 RR up for the hard compound tyres and the race compound but the qualifying compound is another story completely. They are not getting the right setup to manage tire degradation over the three Superpole sessions.

    Twitter: realleonhaslam: That wasn't the plan, 12th on the grid is never great but tomorrow is another day.

    Sunday races bring new sets of tyres for new day. Hopefully the Enigma Cavalry will dial in a setting that manages the race day tyres over the length of the 22 lap race; this no small challenge for them to overcome. Starting this far back in the grid puts pressure on the start. The tyres will take extra punishment as the race progresses and riders push them to the limit dueling for position and hopefully advancing in the process.

    I will post race results latter today.


    Troy CorserÔÇÖs website:
    Troy once endured a frustrating time with his qualifying tyres and could not realise the potential he had shown in practice and qualifying. Until Superpole Troy had been consistently high up, even finishing fastest in this morningÔÇÖs free practice, but problems using the soft qualifying tyres in Superpole 2 prevented any further progress. Carlos Checa (Ducati) took his third Superpole of the season, with a lap of 1:35.293, with Jakub Smrz (also Ducati mounted) second. Third went to Eugene Laverty (Yamaha), with Noriyuki Haga (Aprilia) fourth. Troy - 10th, 1:35.954 After our recent tests and yesterday and todayÔÇÖs practice and regular qualifying sessions, we thought that we had the bike sorted. On race tyres, I am confident that I can run with the best, but our problem today was once again how the bike behaves when it is on qualifying tyres. ThereÔÇÖs more grip, particularly edge grip, but the bike begins to spin and the clutch control and engine braking also seem to get affected. Unfortunately, we never get qualifying tyres just to test for a long period of time, so we cannot make the necessary changes that the bike obviously needs for them. My team mate Leon is having the same issues, so I know that itÔÇÖs not just me experiencing this situation. I can have a bike thatÔÇÖs working perfectly well on race rubber, but feels completely different on qualifying tyres. ItÔÇÖs frustrating for sure and, although itÔÇÖs not a new problem, it is one that we have to sort out if we are to make the next step forward. The good news is that my bike feels good on race tyres - they are lasting pretty well and the engine braking feeling is probably the best it has been. Also the bike has good acceleration and, as I normally make good starts, I hope I can be in with the mix at the front on the first lap. See ya, Troy

    asphaltandrubber.com: Fresh tires aid Checa to Superpole at Assen

    2011 Manufacturer Standings before the Assen Races
    Ducati 95
    Yamaha 74
    Aprilia 66
    BMW 53
    Honda 38
    Kawasaki 32
    Suzuki 27


    MotoGP

    motorcycledaily.com: Yamaha working quickly to close the gap with Honda in MotoGP

    Formula 1

    Saturday :Leftovers;

    jamesallenonf1.com: ÔÇ£Too easyÔÇØ for Vettel as he takes pole for Chinese Grand Prix

    Sebastian Vettel Pole lap China


    f1technical.com: Catching fresh breath

    Sunday

    formula1.com: Hamilton takes sensational Shanghai win

    bbc.co.uk: Hamilton storms to China victory over Red Bulls

    bbc.co.uk: Chinese GP as it happened

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    A challenging BMW 75/5 custom from Revival Cycles via BIKEEFXIF



    Revival Cycles founder Alan Situberg found his inspiration for this custom in the R32 according to BIKEEXIF. ÔÇ£The R2 represented a simpler time in BMWÔÇÖs historyÔÇØ says Alan.


    Lord Sebastian Coe, two-time Olympic champion and Chairman of the London Organisation Committee for the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympics (LOCOG), with the BMW R32 at the BMW Museum (01/2010

    For the picture of the R32 BIKEEXIF points us to a previous post on their blog and pictures of a R32 inspired R1200 found elsewhere on this forum. That bike and the actual R32 from the BMW Museum pictured above have a certain elegance to them. They may represent a simpler time in motorcycling but lack the edge this custom has.









    BMW Choppers are always are a challenge for MOA members. There is the mandatory comment that will appear in any thread that the parts should have been the basis for a full restoration rather than a chopper and crying sacrilege in the process.

    If you spend some time actually looking at the pictures there are interesting details all over the bike. The LED taillight integrated into the rear frame. Controls are nice touch that works. The frame itself and its use of C tubes and round tubing is an unusual detail adding to the tone of the bikes look. The list goes on.

    The longer I looked at the pictures the more I thought of Charlie Chaplin. While the R32 may well have been an inspiration for this custom build I sense the dark side of that earlier industrial era being expressed. This custom could easily have been ridden by the Little Tramp as he went to work in the factory scene in ChaplinÔÇÖs dark movie commentary on industrial society, Modern Times.



    This was the best quality and most complete video of this scene that I found. I am not fond of the video game soundtrack so turn the volume down.
    Pass the mustard and UP THE REVOLUTION!

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    Sunday, 17 April - Race Updates

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    http://www.fim-live.com//en/media/ne.../]fim-live.comfim-live.com: Rae and Checca score wins at Assen

    SBK Race 1 - Assen 2011




    SBK Race 2 - Assen 2011




    Alpha Racing: Assen - Races
    Sunday, 17 April 2011.
    Weather conditions: Sunny with light clouds.
    Temperature: Air: 15 – 19 ??C, Track: 17 – 26 ??C
    Number of riders participating: 21 from 12 teams
    Fastest lap Race 1: Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) 1:36.660 min
    Fastest lap Race 2: Leon Camier (Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team) 1:36.476 min

    Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport concluded the third round of the 2011 FIM Superbike World Championship in Assen (NED). In the riders’ championship British works rider, Leon Haslam, is now fifth (68 points). Troy Corser (AUS) moved up to 12th (26 points). In the manufacturers’ standings BMW is fifth with 74 points.

    Troy had a very good start in race 1 and was lying third on the first lap. For most of the race he was pushing hard in a close fight with the leading group and finished sixth. Leon also made up positions at the start, but crashed on the third lap. He was able to continue and crossed the finish line in 12th. At the start of race 2 Leon made up a lot of places. He rode a consistent race finishing fifth. Troy’s second race was ended by a crash on lap eight. The races were won by Jonathan Rea and Carlos Checa respectively.

    The team congratulates the successful riders of BMW S 1000 RRs at the legendary 24 hour race “Bol d’Or” at Magny-Cours, who celebrate two podium finishes. Team BMW Motorrad France 99 with S?®bastien Gimbert (FRA), Damian Cudlin (AUS) and Erwan Nigon (FRA) finished 3rd in the EWC Superbike class. In the Superstock class, BMW Team Van Boenig Motorsportschool with riders Michael Filla (CZE), Werner Daemen (BEL) and Matti Seidel (GER) also finished 3rd.

    Leon Haslam:
    Result Race 1: 12th, Gap to 1st: 00:45.289 min / Fastest Lap Race 1: 1:37.588 min
    Result Race 2: 5th, Gap to 1st: 00:16.916 min / Fastest Lap Race 2: 1:36.816 min
    “It’s been a tough weekend. We have been encountering a few minor issues this weekend which have made lap by lap consistency difficult. The situation obviously wasn’t helped by my crash in race 1. The back of the bike came round on me unexpectedly and I was unable to stop myself from crashing. I also got clipped by one of the other riders when I was on the floor, which meant I was a little sore for race 2. Still I got a good start in the second race and managed to get up with the leaders, but sadly I was unable progress through the pack. But we still managed to secure another top five finish, and I know we will go away from here, work hard back at the workshop and prepare well for Monza.”

    Troy Corser:
    Result Race 1: 6th, Gap to 1st: 00:11.120 min / Fastest Lap Race 1: 1:37.135 min
    Result Race 2: DNF / Fastest Lap Race 2: 1:37.229 min
    “The first race was not so bad, and I was pretty happy with that. For the second race we just made a few adjustments to the rear shock and I think we improved the bike. Then I unfortunately lost the front tyre going into a corner. I am okay with no injuries, but it is a bit disappointing. In the free practice all went okay, but in the race we had some issues with the tyre. But we are now going to analyse that and to improve it for the next race.”

    Bernhard Gobmeier (BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director):
    “Overall, we learnt a lot this weekend. In the first race Leon tried to win the race in the first couple of laps – he simply pushed a little too hard and lost the bike. He fought back bravely, but the race was over for him. Troy started the first race with 1:37 min laps, but unfortunately was not able to go at this pace all race long. His times dropped after five laps. After adjusting the traction control his lap times were good again, and he finally finished sixth. In the second race Troy struggled with grip, while Leon started well and was able to defend the fifth position up to the chequered flag. We now look forward to going to Monza.”

    Troy Corser’s official website: Assen
    Troy suffered mixed emotions at the third round of the Superbike World Championship in Assen today. He finished sixth in the first race, after being able to challenge the leaders, but failed to finish race two after crashing out after seven laps. Fortunately he only suffered bruising to his right elbow, but the DNF ruined what looked as if it was going to be a pair of top six finishes. In race one, Jonathan Rea (Honda) took the lead after three laps and was then never headed on his way to victory. Second was Max Biaggi (Aprilia), with Carlos Checa (Ducati) third. Checa had a race-long battle with Biaggi in race two, but held on to take the win by just over half a second at the flag. Rea took third, with Leon Camier fourth and Leon Haslam, fifth. Troy - Race 1: 6th, Race 2: DNF Race one was OK really. I made a great start and was lapping pretty consistently. When the tyres began to drop off, we had a bit of a strategy to alter the setting of the traction control. It took a few laps to get used to the new setting and while that was happening I lost some time (about four seconds or so) and contact with the leaders. Years ago, if that happened, you could have made up the time, but now everything is so close and competitive that it is not possible to do that anymore. So, sixth was not too bad. I had used hard tyres all weekend and in the first race, but the temperature was quite a bit hotter in race two, so we wanted to use the softer ones. But we were advised that the softer ones might not last the distance and, against our better judgement, we used hard tyres again. Soon after the start (which wasn’t a good one this time), I felt the tyres weren’t working properly. I was having a lot more spin and soon I started having problems staying on the bike. I nearly crashed a few times, but I wanted to try and carry on and get some sort of result. I was really struggling, accelerating out of the turns and was having to try and make up in the turns. I tried to go up the inside of Sykes and simply lost the front, because the tyre wasn’t working. I banged my right elbow on the ground, but I think the bike also hit my arm, because it’s sore. I am happy with race one, because it was all pretty close, but I expected a better result in race two. We should’ve tried to use the soft tyres in race two, because I’m sure they would’ve worked better and we would’ve finished the race and got some decent points. See ya, Troy


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    BMW Motorrad Italia Superbike Team - Assen - Race
    • 17.04.2011
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    The TT Circuit in Assen brought BMW Motorrad Italia Superbike Team more World Championship points, won by Ayrton Badovini in both races with Barry Veneman also scoring championship points at this event, as substitute for the injured James Toseland(who could return for Monza).In Race 1, Ayrton put in good times hoping to earn championship points. He finished in ninth place, thanks to the retirement of some of his closest rivals. Barry did his job scoring two points at the chequered flag. In Race 2 Ayrton was unable to put in the same times as in the first race and managed to win one world championship point. Barry continued to the line with the S 1000 RR Superbike, finishing seventeenth.

    Ayrton Badovini said: "I’m partly satisfied with the weekend. The bike started to work for me but there were some problems we couldn’t solve. We lack grip at full tilt and that costs us a lot. I still have to work so hard physically in order to get the best times. I have to hold on very tight for the racing line through corners, and for the race distance this is a challenge. I hope that for Monza we will have found a solution."

    In Superstock, Sylvain Barrier set a lap record and started the race from the podium and is looking ahead to the championship after collecting 16 points for third place after the Frenchman rode practically the whole race on his own. Further back, Lorenzo Zanetti in his second race with the S 1000 RR, occupied fifth place but in the final stages fell to ninth place.

    S erafino Foti, sporting director of BMW Motorrad Italia Superbike Team said: "In race 1 Ayrton did not have a good start, so on the first lap was 17th. After the start it is vital to stay with the leading pack and without being able to do that we were limited.In spite of everything by the halfway point in the races Ayrton’s pace had improved and he made up positions to ninth place, even though some of the gains were by others falling.. Race 2 was strange. Ayrton didn’t manage to get on the pace. We must understand what happened because we were too slow. I'm not at all happy with that race. Regarding Veneman, given the high level of competition in the championship, it was difficult to do more and the thirteenth place can be considered a positive. We thank him for his commitment and his professionalism. As I said yesterday, the Superstock championship will definitely be a fight because of the raised level of competition. Last year there were only two riders capable of winning. This year there are many more. I congratulate Giugliano and Petrucci on the two Ducatis because they rode a beautiful race and we, for the moment, will console ourselves with the third step of the podium. We showed our potential with this result and we'll need to increase our work programme. The team will participate at the FIM Cup race at Monza in the Italian championship the weekend before the next World Superbike/Superstock event."

    RACE 1 - 1?? J. Rea (Honda) 35'46"486 - 2?? M. Biaggi (Aprilia) a 0.739 - 3?? C. Checa (Ducati) a 3.572...9?? A. Badovini (BMW) a 32.071...13?? B. Veneman (BMW) a 45.298.

    RACE 2 - 1?? C. Checa (Ducati) 35'38"693 - 2?? M. Biaggi (Aprilia) a 0.524 - 3?? J. Rea (Honda) a 3.584...15?? A. Badovini (BMW) a 40.953....17?? B. Veneman (BMW) a 45.423.

    CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS: 1?? Checa (Ducati) p. 132 - 2?? M. Biaggi (Aprilia) p. 89 - 3?? M. Melandri (Yamaha) p. 85....15?? A. Badovini (BMW) p. 20...20?? B. Veneman (BMW) p. 3... 22?? J. Toseland (BMW) p. 2
    SUPERSTOCK: 1?? D. Giugliano (Ducati) 21'40"213 - 2?? D. Petrucci (Ducati) a 0.212 -
    3?? S. Barrier (BMW) a 5.346....9?? L. Zanetti (BMW) a 11.519

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    BMW Team RLL claims second consecutive ALMS GT win in Long Beach
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    Long Beach, 17th April 2011. Dirk M??ller (DE) and Joey Hand (US) drove BMW Team RLL to the top of the GT class podium for a second consecutive time this season at Saturday’s American Le Mans Series race at Long Beach (US). The no. 56 BMW M3 GT will be credited with the most laps led in the two hour contest, but not until the final minutes of the race were slowed by a caution flag was the outcome decided.

    Hand started the race from the GT class pole and led for the opening laps, but lost the lead some 20 minutes into the race after an almost surreal set of circumstances. A few positions behind Hand, team mate Bill Auberlen (US), in the no. 55 BMW M3 GT, was hit by a competitor and spun around 180 degrees in the tight confines of turn two. By the time he was finally able to get pointing in the right direction, Hand had come back around and lost two positions as he avoided the accelerating Auberlen.

    Hand gave chase and with a slick overtaking manoeuvre of two cars in turn six regained the lead at the 40-minute mark. A second battle ensued with a Porsche, and Hand lost the lead, only to regain it a second time as Patrick Long (US) slid into the wall. He built up a seven second lead before pitting just past the hour mark. M??ller took over and held the lead for the final hour of the race for the duo’s second consecutive GT win.

    Dirk Werner finished the race in the no. 55 BMW M3 GT seventh in class, two laps in arrears. Following the traditional American Le Mans Series hiatus for the 24 Hours of Le Mans (FR) in June, BMW Team RLL will begin its defence of the GT class lead at Lime Rock Park (US), in Lakeville, Conn., on 9th July 2011.

    Mario Theissen (BMW Motorsport Director): “This was a great win by Joey Hand and Dirk M??ller in the no. 56 car and a great position to be in going into the Le Mans break. We are also confident we had the possibility for a one-two. Both cars are clearly very reliable, we have a strong team and strong drivers.”

    Bobby Rahal (Team Principal): “This was a big win for us as we didn’t want to come to Long Beach and lose the advantage we fought so hard for in Sebring. Back-to-back wins are tough to come by in any series, but especially here in the GT class of ALMS, and this is a big victory for our team.”

    Joey Hand (Car number 56): “I’m extremely excited. Finally I got this win at Long Beach. It’s a big deal for me, after coming here for ten years. I drove very hard in the beginning, in order to make sure Dirk M??ller would be in a good position. I knew he would then bring it home – and that’s exactly what he did.”

    Dirk M??ller (Car number 56): “Joey Hand laid the foundation for this by taking pole position and putting in a great first stint. He was in control of the race in the beginning, which was impressive to see. Then he passed the pressure over to me, and I drove the car to the end. I was able to push hard on our Dunlop tyres and to hold off a very quick car behind us. We kept away from the walls and did it.”
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    History
    In 1929 Ernst Henne set up the first of a total of 76 world records on
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    Power: approx. 100 bhp
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    Team BMW Motorrad France # 99 monte on the 3rd step of the podium at the Bol d'Or!
    19.04.2011 Press release

    Taking advantage of unexpected weather conditions, Team BMW Motorrad France 99 pilots were able to demonstrate their potential and that of the BMW S1000RR winning a beautiful 3rd place in the Golden Bowl which it took place this weekend. The crew composed of Erwan Nigon, S?®bastien Gimbert and Damian Cudlin even offered the luxury to do the best time in the race. Enjoying a very good machine and high-performance ultra Michelin tyres, the Team BMW Motorrad France 99 omen of a future Championship the world of endurance.



    S?®bastien Gimbert: "I have taken a cautious start because for us it was very important to cross the finish line and many teams fell from the start of the race so the first two relays I kept a certain reserve without losing contact with two men from fair head to me.". We always had a discomfort level of the brakes, so we did not have the right to the error. Around 1: 30 in the morning, this problem started seriously handicap me, the motorcycle became very physical and it was quite difficult to manage. The night was busy in all, we had technical problems requiring us to return to the stands several times and lose valuable time. Despite a powerful motorcycle, was the force throughout the night to catch up with our delay but this 3rd place is a wonderful reward for BMW, for the team as well as for us drivers. I know that the best is yet to come...

    Erwan Nigon: "my first relay was enough difficult it was very hot and brake problems impeded me terribly." I didn't have a good feeling but as soon as the next relay, the outside temperature is in decline and it allowed me to gain efficiency. I had found a good feeling and I was more consistent in my chronos. Unfortunately as soon as the relay of after a mechanical problem forced me to return to the box. Then I again met big problems with the brakes because I have a particular pilotage and I use many of the rear brake and at the same time I manage my relay with only the brake prior to what was quite risky. We still kept a pace with my teammates and I am really happy to finish on the podium as in 4 years of Endurance is only the second time that I finished in the top 3 and with BMW as well as the team that this result could be achieved.

    Damian Cudlin: "early in the race I was happy with the bike which was enough constant pleasant and healthy to fly.". 19: 20 Pm brake problems have begun to embarrass me also and I didn't think that ca would be difficult as early as the second relay. All night I've forced to compensate for this problem but an old injury in the front right arm me greatly suffer. The night was very difficult, exhausting, but I wanted to do my maximum pain in the morning to double the Bolliger Team with whom we fighting for 3rd place. With the headlights arm I couldn't do anything and I could no longer keep pace with my teammates. To put all the chances of our rating we decided this morning to 11: 00 that Erwan and S?®bastien end both the race. I am really lucky to have as strong teammates and can assume only the end of the race. Many thanks to BMW, the team and Michelin have all provided excellent work.

    Michael Bartholemy, owner of the Team: "There was lots of fight during this race of 24 hours." Because of technical problems that occurred during the night we knew that victory would be difficult to aim. The two teams head, the Suzuki Endurance Racing Team and the Team SRC Kawasaki are experienced for years for this World Championship while we are novices in this area, therefore this suggests us that by shortly we will be fully operational in view of the outcome of this weekend. We have established a strategy for the last hours of race to ensure to the maximum the 3rd step of the podium. We had a result benefit on the Bolliger team threatening us since this morning with the Michelin tyres that allow our pilots to perform very fast tours from 1 to the last round of the relay. I am really satisfied and pleased with this result because we had not seen for BMW on a podium for many years and today we show that this S1000RR is a great machine, able to compete with Japanese manufacturers present in the Championship. This 3rd place is very important to me because take a European motorcycle pavement of European brand tyres in top 3 of the Championship of the world of Endurance was a goal that we had failed to achieve last season. I thank all those present here to the Bol d'Or who have contributed to the achievement of this outcome and especially to the pilots who have provided a more than satisfactory job and Marcel Driessen, Director BMW Motorrad France which gives us confidence and without which it would be possible.

    Marcel Driessen, Director BMW Motorrad France: "I am very pleased to see the BMW on the podium in the world of Endurance Championship this had not happened for a long time.". The S1000RR is very powerful and I know that the Team BMW Motorrad France 99 performs a job offer us this award. ??
    The next test of the Endurance World Championship will take place in Spain on the circuit of Albacete for a test of 8: 00 am on May 21 and 22.

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    Absolutely emission-free – the MINI on two wheels. Car boot-compatible folding bike for urban mobility.
    • 20.04.2011
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    Munich. MINI presents the eco-friendly solution to the parking space problem in city centres. The brand is celebrating the comeback of the folding bike with a modern version of the practical means of locomotion. The special gimmick: when folded, the MINI Folding Bike fits into the boot of almost every vehicle – and most definitely into the MINI. When travelling into the city, simply park the car outside the overcrowded city centre, then continue on the bike and relax. Park & Ride with an environmentally conscious understatement!...more



    ROLLS-ROYCE MOTOR CARS AT AUTO SHANGHAI 2011
    • 19.04.2011
    • Press Release

    Embargo: 0700 GMT, 1500 SHANGHAI : 19 April 2011, Goodwood

    • World debut for Ghost Extended Wheelbase
    • Specially commissioned China Edition bespoke Ghost and Spirit of Ecstasy Centenary Collection cars presented
    • First quarter global sales more than doublecompared to the same period in 2010
    • China expansion plans announced

    Rolls-Royce Motor Cars unveiled its new Ghost Extended Wheelbase model for the first time at the 14th Auto Shanghai Motor Show on Tuesday, 19 April 2011.

    First world debut for a Rolls-Royce car in Asia Pacific
    …read more












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    Aprilia is not the only manufacturer to be dealing with rumors that they are using pumped up parts. BMW is dealing with rumors that it offered bikes with special chips to the press for review while representing them as stock bikes. Bikeadline.com.au has published its refutation / clarification of what it understands happened. The trouble is the site has a past history with BMW so it may not stop conspiracy theorists down up from spinning tails.

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    The French Magnat-Debon 1927, 350cc OHV, BMSS superpsport model, Blackburne engine, three speed gearbox, maximum speed: 110kmh.







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    BMW Motorrad head Hendrik von Kuenheim has taken over as head of the ACEM, EuropeÔÇÖs motorcycle industry council. How he will impact that organization remains to be seen but the impact on the direction of BMW Motorrad seems clearer. The ACEM has focused on the advantages of Powered Two Wheelers (PTWs) for use in solving EuropeÔÇÖs urban transportation problems. As part of the effort to get a seat at the mobility planning table it has emphasized its economic impact on the European economy.



    The ACEM has lobbied Brussels and individual EU member states for changes to make motorcycling safer. The eSUM Project, the European Safer Urban Motorcycling Project, is one example of this. The results of the project study were presented in Barcelona recently.

    In the U.S. motorcycle safety discussion centers around rider training, ATGATT and a limited number of other issues. The eSUM report looks at those along with infrastructure issues to safely integrate PTWs into the flow of urban traffic. Several of these are shown in this video about the eSUM Project.



    The importance of rider training is not in doubt. What constitutes proper equipment can start heated debates. Yet there is a dearth of discussion about the infrastructure those trained riders, no matter how they gear up, will use. Our discussions focus on accident avoidance and survival ignoring the infrastructure issues that can decrease the need for either.

    Lane splitting is but one area of this discussion. Opening of bus only lanes for use by motorcyclist, staggered stopping areas shown in the video and even the markings used on the roadways present areas for improvements in safety.


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    A recent tweet on Twitter/@BMW Motorrad lead to pictures of this 1934 BMW R11. I have no information on the specific bike. Checking BMW Motorrad InternationalÔÇÖs Historical BMW models I found the R11 Series 1 began production in 1929. The Series 5 was produced in 1934.













    Production

    Begin of the Production 1934

    End of the Production 1934
    Numbers Produced 7.500 (series 1-5)

    Price 1.630,- RM

    Engine

    Internal Designation M 56 S 5

    Motor Type four-stroke two-cylinder flat-twin

    Bore x Stroke 78 x 78 mm

    Displacement 745 ccm

    Max Power 20 hp at 4000 rpm

    Compression Ratio 5.5 : 1

    Valves sv

    Carburetion System 1 x carburettor type Amal 6/406 SP and 6/407 SP

    Engine Lubricating System forced-feed lubrication

    Oil Pump gear pump

    Power transmission

    Clutch two plates, dry

    Number of Gears 3

    Shifting manual/tank shifting gate

    Gearbox Ratios 2.83 / 1.55 / 1.08

    Rear Wheel Ratio 1 : 4.07 (with sidecar 1 : 4.75)

    Bevel / Crownwheel 14 / 57 teeth (sidecar 12 / 57)

    Electrical system

    Ignition System battery ignition, optionally magneto ignition

    Generator Bosch B 245 RS or magneto generator D 2 BRS 167

    Spark Plugs Bosch W 175 T1

    Chassis

    Designation F 66 S 5

    Frame twin-loop pressed steel frame

    Front Wheel Suspension plate spring, 9 laminae

    Rear Wheel Suspension rigid

    Wheel Rims 26 x 3.5 safety rims

    Tyres front 26 x 3.5 low pressure or 26 x 3.25 high pressure

    Tyres rear 26 x 3.5 low pressure or 26 x 3.25 high pressure

    Brakes front drum brake ?ÿ 200 mm

    Brakes rear cardan brake, width 55 mm

    Dimensions / Weights

    Length x Width x Height 2100 x 890 x 940 mm

    Wheel Base 1380 mm

    Fuel Tank Capacity 14 l

    Unladen Weight, Full Tank 162 kg

    Load Rating 210 kg

    Fuel Consumption approx. 4,50 l/100 km

    Oil Consumption approx. 1 - 2 l/1000 km

    Top Speed 112 kph
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    Ric Elias: 3 things I learned while my plane crashed
    Ric Elias had a front-row seat on Flight 1549, the plane that crash-landed in the Hudson River in New York in January 2009. What went through his mind as the doomed plane went down? At TED, he tells his story publicly for the first time.







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    The deep roots of Valkenswaard are ready to welcome the second Grand Prix of the 2011 FIM Motocross World Championship with Clement Desalle and Ken Roczen being the Championship leaders of the MX1 and MX2 classes respectively. The Grand Prix of the Netherlands will take place on Sunday 24th April with the qualifying races and on Easter Monday with the Grand Prix races….



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    The Easter Bunny has gone bad.



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    Back in Le Mans: BMW Motorsport completes productive test for the classic 24-hour race held in June.

    24.04.2011
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    Le Mans, 24th April 2011. Seven weeks ahead of this years 24-hour race in Le Mans (FR), BMW Motorsport made an important step forward in its intense preparation programme for this classic endurance race. Together with 52 other cars, the two BMW M3 GTs with car numbers 55 and 56 took to the Circuit de la Sarthe on Sunday, completing a total of 147 lapsmore



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    A tour of various caf?® blogs took me to jistacarguyblogspot.com and yielded this piece of bike candy. Naturally I had to wonder; BMW makes bicycles, motors that people put props onÔǪ



















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    New York, NY  Friday, April 22, 2011 At the New York International Auto Show, BMW was presented with both the Coolest Brand and Best Performance Brand awards in Kelly Blue Books 2011 Brand Image Awards.more


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    via Le Container



    Production

    Begin of the Production 1931
    End of the Production 1931
    Numbers Produced 4161
    Price 975,- RM

    Engine
    Internal Designation M 67
    Motor Type four-stroke single-cylinder vertical
    Bore x Stroke 63 x 64 mm
    Displacement 198 ccm
    Max Power 6 hp at 3500 rpm
    Compression Ratio 6.7 : 1
    Valves ohv
    Carburetion System 1 x Sum carburettor 19 mm
    Engine Lubricating System forced-feed lubrication
    Oil Pump gear pump


    Power transmission
    Clutch single-plate, dry
    Number of Gears 3
    Shifting manual
    Gearbox Ratios 2.89 / 1.7 / 1
    Rear Wheel Ratio 1 : 6.75
    Bevel / Crownwheel 8 / 54 teeth

    Electrical system
    Ignition System battery ignition
    Generator Bosch 6 V/30 W
    Spark Plugs Bosch W 175 or Bosch 200 G 24

    Chassis
    Designation F 67
    Frame pressed steel duplex frame
    Front Wheel Suspension cantilever spring, 9 laminae
    Rear Wheel Suspension rigid
    Wheel Rims 25 x 3
    Tyres front 25 x 3
    Tyres rear 25 x 3
    Brakes front drum brake ?ÿ 180 mm
    Brakes rear drum brake ?ÿ 180 mm

    Dimensions / Weights
    Length x Width x Height 1950 x 850 x 950 mm
    Wheel Base 1320 mm
    Fuel Tank Capacity 11 l
    Unladen Weight, Full Tank 130 kg
    PermittedWeight Limit 200 kg
    Fuel Consumption approx. 2,75 l/100 km
    Oil Consumption approx. 1 - 2 l/1000 km
    Top Speed 95 kph
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    The feeling of security and the reality of security don't always match, says computer-security expert Bruce Schneier. At TEDxPSU, he explains why we spend billions addressing news story risks, like the "security theater" now playing at your local airport, while neglecting more probable risks -- and how we can break this pattern.

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