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    Thursday 29 September: Update

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    gpone.com: Melandri at 50% between BMW and Aprilia

    But speedweek.de reports that Melandri has signed with BMW

    No confirmation from BMW or Melandri as of this post that I could find.

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    Friday, 30 September

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    worldsbk.com: Magny Cours, a look back at 2010

    MotoGP

    motogp.com: Stoner quickest off the mark in Japan

    Pos Rider Nation Team Motorcycle Time Lap Total Gap Top Speed

    1 27 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team HONDA 1ÔÇÖ47.289 16 16 291.2

    2 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team HONDA 1ÔÇÖ47.566 16 21 0.277 0.277 287.4

    3 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team DUCATI 1ÔÇÖ47.732 17 18 0.443 0.166 291.3

    4 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team HONDA 1ÔÇÖ47.836 10 17 0.547 0.104 287.2

    5 1 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing YAMAHA 1ÔÇÖ47.912 8 16 0.623 0.076 283.3

    6 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini HONDA 1ÔÇÖ47.942 15 15 0.653 0.030 288.3

    7 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA 1ÔÇÖ48.169 11 17 0.880 0.227 284.7

    8 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing YAMAHA 1ÔÇÖ48.197 18 18 0.908 0.028 285.4

    9 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP DUCATI 1ÔÇÖ48.406 11 15 1.117 0.209 281.5

    10 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team DUCATI 1ÔÇÖ48.667 20 20 1.378 0.261 286.9

    11 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini HONDA 1ÔÇÖ48.776 20 20 1.487
    0.109 285.1

    12 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP SUZUKI 1ÔÇÖ48.880 8 19 1.591 0.104 284.0

    13 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team DUCATI 1ÔÇÖ48.892 11 18 1.603 0.012 275.9

    14 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA 1ÔÇÖ49.385 14 19 2.096 0.493 274.9

    15 24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP HONDA 1ÔÇÖ49.415 17 17 2.126 0.030 287.3

    16 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing DUCATI 1ÔÇÖ49.813 17 18 2.524 0.398 275.2

    17 64 Kousuke AKIYOSHI JPN LCR Honda MotoGP HONDA 1ÔÇÖ50.688 10 16 3.399 0.875 277.8

    18 72 Shinichi ITO JPN Honda Racing Team HONDA 1ÔÇÖ51.461 13 15 4.172 0.773 276.4

    19 6 Damian CUDLIN AUS Pramac Racing Team DUCATI 1ÔÇÖ53.218 19 19 5.929 1.757 268.5



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    Friday, 30 September : Qualifying update

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    worldsbk.com: Checa starts over again in FP1 at Magny Cours

    Magny-Cours - SUPERBIKE - Free*Practice

    1. Carlos Checa (Althea*Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'39.013
    2. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki*Racing*Team*Superbike) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'39.182
    3. Troy Corser (BMW*Motorrad*Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 1'39.241
    4. Leon Haslam (BMW*Motorrad*Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 1'39.252
    5. Jakub Smrz (Team*Effenbert-Liberty*Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'39.343
    6. Michel Fabrizio (Team*Suzuki*Alstare) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'39.587
    7. Eugene Laverty (Yamaha*World*Superbike*Team) Yamaha YZF R1 1'39.699
    8. Noriyuki Haga (PATA*Racing*Team*Aprilia) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'39.704
    9. Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki*Racing*Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'39.706
    10. Sylvain Guintoli (Team*Effenbert-Liberty*Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'39.867
    11. Jonathan Rea (Castrol*Honda) Honda CBR1000RR 1'39.950
    12. Ayrton Badovini (BMW*Motorrad*Italia*SBK*Team) BMW S1000 RR 1'39.959
    13. Leon Camier (Aprilia*Alitalia*Racing*Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'40.092
    14. Maxime Berger (Supersonic*Racing*Team) Ducati 1098R 1'40.181
    15. Marco Melandri (Yamaha*World*Superbike*Team) Yamaha YZF R1 1'40.339
    16. Javier Fores (BMW*Motorrad*Italia*SBK*Team) BMW S1000 RR 1'40.370
    17. Mark Aitchison (Team*Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'40.599
    18. Roberto Rolfo (Team*Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'40.726

    Friday Q1

    Checa takes the provisional pole as he tries to tie up the title this weekend.

    Magny-Cours - SUPERBIKE - Qualifying*1

    1.*Carlos Checa (Althea*Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'38.652
    2.*Eugene Laverty (Yamaha*World*Superbike*Team) Yamaha YZF R1 1'38.664
    3.*Sylvain Guintoli (Team*Effenbert-Liberty*Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'38.741
    4.*Tom Sykes (Kawasaki*Racing*Team*Superbike) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'38.860
    5.*Jakub Smrz (Team*Effenbert-Liberty*Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'38.942
    6.*Jonathan Rea (Castrol*Honda) Honda CBR1000RR 1'38.957
    7.*Leon Haslam (BMW*Motorrad*Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 1'38.977
    8.*Noriyuki Haga (PATA*Racing*Team*Aprilia) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'39.019
    9.*Troy Corser (BMW*Motorrad*Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 1'39.025
    10.*Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki*Racing*Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'39.063
    11.*Maxime Berger (Supersonic*Racing*Team) Ducati 1098R 1'39.196
    12.*Mark Aitchison (Team*Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'39.220
    13.*Ayrton Badovini (BMW*Motorrad*Italia*SBK*Team) BMW S1000 RR 1'39.309
    14.*Marco Melandri (Yamaha*World*Superbike*Team) Yamaha YZF R1 1'39.333
    15.*Michel Fabrizio (Team*Suzuki*Alstare) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'39.504
    16.*Leon Camier (Aprilia*Alitalia*Racing*Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'39.587
    17.*Javier Fores (BMW*Motorrad*Italia*SBK*Team) BMW S1000 RR 1'39.705
    18.*Roberto Rolfo (Team*Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'39.982


    BMW riders topped the very early charts then tumbled down the charts as their qualifying strategies played out. Troy Corser had a very aggressive session regularly battling his way toward the top of the grid list. Leon Haslam's session seemed to be the cerebral game the team plays of late; doing just enough to safely advance to Superpole while working on other things. Aryton Badovini topped the charts early then fell down the standings only to bounce back and fall again. Being fast on Friday is always a good sign for the Italian Troop on Sunday. Fores spent Q1 on the bubble. He did not make it into Superpole this time but has the Saturday Q2 session to try and advance.

    This was a strong Q1 for both BMW Troops. Riders and teams seemed able to respond to the advances of other teams while working on their setup strategies. I am cautiously optimistic for Saturday's sessions. I had a sense of life and aggression from the BMW Cavalry, that I have not had for some time, as I watched Live Timing. My caution comes from too many race weekends spent seeing the BMW Troops advance on Friday and stand still on Saturday while the other riders and teams pass bye.

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    Friday:

    fim.com: Carlos determined to lead

    worldsbk.com: Checa pinches it with late fast lap

    BMW Motorrad Motorsport - WSBK - Magny-Cours - Qualifying Practice 1
    30.09.2011

    Magny-Cours ÔÇô Free Practice & Qualifying Practice 1.
    Friday, 30th September 2011.



    Weather conditions: Sunny.
    Temperature: Air: 25 ÔÇô 29 ??C, Track: 38 ÔÇô 43 ??C
    Number of riders participating: 18 from 12 teams
    Fastest lap Free Practice: Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) 1:39.013 min
    Fastest lap Qualifying Practice 1: Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) 1:38.652 min


    Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport is happy with the first day of the race weekend at Magny-Cours (FRA). The French track hosts the 12th and penultimate round of the 2011 FIM Superbike World Championship. In Free Practice in the morning factory riders, Troy Corser (AUS) and Leon Haslam (GBR), finished third and fourth respectively. In the first Qualifying Practice in the afternoon Leon qualified seventh and provisionally on the second row. Troy was ninth on his BMW S 1000 RR. Ayrton Badovini (ITA) and Xavi Fores (ESP) from the BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team finished in 13th and 17th respectively.

    Leon Haslam:
    Fastest lap Free Practice: 1:39.252 min (P4)/Fastest lap Qualifying Practice 1: 1:38.977 min (P7)
    ÔÇ£This day was pretty good. We tried a few different options on the rear tyres for the race distance. It is not easy to find a good set-up for this circuit, so we worked on that. The lap times are not too bad at the moment. We are only three tenths off the quickest time, and I lose a lot of time in just one corner. Tomorrow if we can rectify the issue that we have in that one corner, then we should be somewhere close to the front.ÔÇØ

    Troy Corser:
    Fastest lap Free Practice: 1:39.241 min (P3)/Fastest lap Qualifying Practice 1: 1:39.025 min (P9)
    ÔÇ£The position where we ended up does not show how we are doing. We made some good improvements. Regarding times on race tyres, I would probably be around third or fourth. The set-up of the RR is pretty close to what I am looking for. The chassis settings are working quite well, and we are also pretty consistent. I did quite a few laps on the tyres and the times were pretty good. Now we have a few things to look at, but generally I am pretty happy with the bike. On race tyres we are there. In the end we didnÔÇÖt even put a new tyre on to safely qualify for Superpole, but saved it for tomorrow. This is where we should be.ÔÇØ

    Rainer B?ñumel (Head of Race Operations):
    ÔÇ£I think we are pretty competitive, especially on longer runs. The guys in front of us all did their best times on one single quick lap. We were doing well in the first session with both riders finishing in the top four. This is a good base. Our aim for tomorrow is to get both riders into Superpole 3, and I think it is possible.ÔÇØ

    TroyCorser.com
    Troy finished the first qualifying session at Magny-Cours with the ninth fastest time, and is happier with his bike on an opening day than he has been for most of the season. Troy chose to keep back one of his softer tyres at the end of qualifying today, for use tomorrow, and thatÔÇÖs when four of five riders went quicker. Up until then, Troy had been third quickest on the time sheets and settling down to one of his better first days of a race weekend. Although Troy ended ninth, the lap times are all once again very close, with the top sixteen separated by less than a second! Carlos Checa finished with a time of 1:38.652, with Eugene Laverty (Yamaha) second, local hero Sylvain Guintoli (Ducati) third and Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) fourth. Troy - 9th, 1:39.025 Considering that today is the first day of a race weekend, IÔÇÖm pretty happy really. The bikeÔÇÖs chassis was working well, responding to the changes we were making and I actually felt that I was riding the bike. The engine is still a bit peaky and the bike wants to spin up a bit too much, but generally itÔÇÖs been a pretty good day. We made some small changes to the front fork settings from the morning to the afternoon, but there was no real improvement. We also changed the damping on the rear spring this afternoon - and that was better for sure. When the track temperature went up this afternoon, the grip definitely lessened, but thatÔÇÖs something that always happens at this track. I was third fastest for a lot of today and only got passed when four or five riders put in soft tyres towards the end of the qualifying session. I decided not to use one of my soft tyres, so that I could use it tomorrow instead. Once again the lap times are very, very close and I think there is less than a second between the first and sixteenth rider. ThatÔÇÖs going to make Superpole very important, but if things continue as well as they have done today, I feel pretty positive about Sunday. See ya, Troy


    BMW MOTORRAD ITALIA SUPERBIKE TEAM - MAGNY COURS - PRACTICE DAY 1
    30.09.2011
    The penultimate round of the Superbike World Championship:* Ayrton Badovini*spent the first day of qualifying for the weekend at Magny Cours working for the race.* Xavi Fores*is continuing learning the S1000RR BMW SBK. Sylvain Barrier fell in* Superstock*and Lorenzo Zanetti took fifth.

    Today was an intense day of practice for the* BMW Motorrad Italia Superbike Team *at the Circuit de Nevers - Magny Cours (France) where the penultimate round of the 2011 World Championship takes place on Sunday.

    Ayrton Badovini*worked on set-up for the race, without looking too closely at the stopwatch. He set the 12th fastest time in free practice and 13th in qualifying. In the latter especially, Ayrton rode on the same tyres throughout to select the best set-up for race conditions. More tyres will be available for setting quick times tomorrow.

    Xavi Fores, meanwhile, is getting to grips with the S 1000 RR Superbike, qualifying seventeenth. The Spaniard continues his work learning the Superbike on his second outing with the Superbikes.*
    Sylvain Barrier*started the day in* Superstock*setting the fastest time in free practice in the morning, but in the afternoon the Frenchman was the unintentional protagonist of a spectacular crash at the end of the straight before the finish line, fortunately without serious physical consequences. It was, therefore,* Lorenzo Zanetti* (seventh in the morning) that put in the best time in qualifying in the afternoon, setting the fifth fastest time.

    Serafino Foti, sporting director of BMW Motorrad Italia Superbike Team at the end of the first day of practice commented: "Although the position is not the best, we are quite satisfied and we are trying to work for the race. Ayrton used a single set of tyres because it was important to work on the bike with used tyres.Fores did not really go wrong because he is just one second from the leader. He went much better than at Imola, and every time he is on track his pace improves.Unfortunately, in Superstock, Barrier fell on the first lap, but without serious consequences, but as it stands he has not qualified for the race. Hopefully tomorrow will manage to go as far up the grid as possible. Lorenzo is performing true to form and is always stronger in the race."

    Superbike: 1?? C. Checa (Ducati) 1'38.652 - 2?? E. Laverty (Yamaha) + 0.012 - 3?? S. Guintoli (Ducati) + 0.089... 13??* A. Badovini (BMW)*+ 0.657...17??* J. Fores (BMW)*+ 1.053. *
    Superstock: 1?? D. Giugliano (Ducati) 1'41.372 - 2?? D. Petrucci (Ducati) + 0.386 - 3?? L. Baroni (Ducati) + 0.699 - 4?? N. Canepa (Ducati) + 1.321 - 5??* L. Zanetti (BMW) *+ 1.617




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    Saturday, 1 October : Update ÔÇô Qualifying ÔÇô WSBK Magny Cours, MotGP Motegi

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    A roller coaster day of qualifying at Magny Cours as Rea hammers out Superpole win.

    Marco Melandri topped Saturday's second qualifying session. The BMW riders were in attack mode moving up the qualifying chart to P4 Badovini, P5 Haslam and P6 Corser.

    The second free practice times normally tell little as teams are using them to work on a variety of things. The session is used to work on Sunday setups and sort out any sandbagging that has been done in the second qualifying session before moving on to Superpole.

    Superpole 1 knocked out Badovini. He moved from P4 in Q2 to the slowest rider in the first Superpole session. Haslam and Corser's positions may be explained to us as tyre management and doing just enough to advance.

    Superpole 2 was the knock out round for Corser who took up the Enigma Rider position of being last in the session times. Haslam on the other hand came home in P3 for this session.

    Superpole 3 was hard fought with seven of the eight participants blanketed by one second. Q2 winner Melandri dropped to the bottom of the session and the only rider not to find a spot under that blanket. Haslam nudged him out from under it.

    Rea took Superpole 3 and the pole for both Sunday races with his Castrol Honda. Melandri's teammate Laverty put his Yamaha next. Checa was not to be totally denied and came in third. In the absence of Champion Biaggi Camier upheld Aprilia's honor and put them on the front row in P4.

    A crazy day of qualifying. A second row start is not bad for Haslam. He appears to have the pace this weekend to run up front. A good launch at the start could put him high in the race for the turn three lead and a spot on the podium. Time will tell how he and the rest of the Enigma riders will do.


    Magny-Cours - SUPERBIKE - Superpole*3

    1.*Jonathan Rea (Castrol*Honda) Honda CBR1000RR 1'37.490
    2.*Eugene Laverty (Yamaha*World*Superbike*Team) Yamaha YZF R1 1'37.600
    3.*Carlos Checa (Althea*Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'37.932
    4.*Leon Camier (Aprilia*Alitalia*Racing*Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'38.006
    5.*Sylvain Guintoli (Team*Effenbert-Liberty*Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'38.094
    6.*Tom Sykes (Kawasaki*Racing*Team*Superbike) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'38.094
    7.*Leon Haslam (BMW*Motorrad*Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 1'38.382
    8.*Marco Melandri (Yamaha*World*Superbike*Team) Yamaha YZF R1 1'38.562
    9.*Noriyuki Haga (PATA*Racing*Team*Aprilia) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'38.137
    10.*Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki*Racing*Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'38.204
    11.*Maxime Berger (Supersonic*Racing*Team) Ducati 1098R 1'38.347
    12.*Troy Corser (BMW*Motorrad*Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 1'38.516
    13.*Jakub Smrz (Team*Effenbert-Liberty*Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'38.524
    14.*Michel Fabrizio (Team*Suzuki*Alstare) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'38.565
    15.*Mark Aitchison (Team*Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'38.623
    16.*Ayrton Badovini (BMW*Motorrad*Italia*SBK*Team) BMW S1000 RR 1'38.687
    17.*Javier Fores (BMW*Motorrad*Italia*SBK*Team) BMW S1000 RR 1'39.230
    18.*Roberto Rolfo (Team*Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'39.982



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    1 27 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team Honda 295.6 1'45.267

    2 1 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 287.8 1'45.523 0.256 / 0.256

    3 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 293.8 1'45.791 0.524 / 0.268

    4 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 292.0 1'45.966 0.699 / 0.175

    5 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 292.4 1'46.042 0.775 / 0.076

    6 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 292.4 1'46.211 0.944 / 0.169

    7 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 290.9 1'46.467 1.200 / 0.256

    8 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 288.5 1'46.586 1.319 / 0.119

    9 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP Ducati 287.5 1'46.694 1.427 / 0.108

    10 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 289.5 1'46.763 1.496 / 0.069

    11 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 290.2 1'46.811 1.544 / 0.048

    12 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 281.9 1'46.818 1.551 / 0.007

    13 14 randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 285.5 1'46.917 1.650 / 0.099

    14 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 289.3 1'47.165 1.898 / 0.248

    15 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 284.7 1'47.922 2.655 / 0.757

    16 24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 289.2 1'48.169 2.902 / 0.247

    17 64 Kousuke AKIYOSHI JPN LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 286.5 1'48.367 3.100 / 0.198

    18 6 Damian CUDLIN AUS Pramac Racing Team Ducati 275.0 1'48.962 3.695 / 0.595

    19 72 Shinichi ITO JPN Honda Racing Team Honda 286.8 1'49.971 4.704 / 1.009

    fim-live.com: Stoner keeps breaking records.

    motomatters.com:Thilling session sees records fall

    hondaproracing.com: Honda men Stoner and Dovizioso dominate Motegi Qualifying

    rizla-suzuki.com: Strong qualifying for Bautista and Rizla Suzuki

    gresiniracing.com: Simoncelli qualifies sixth despite crash

    teamtech3.fr: Crutchlow close to third row in Japan [what does that mean?]

    teamaspar.com: Hector Barbera secures excellent 9th spot on Motegi grid

    For the ones I missed and a one stop press release shop – motomatters.com: 2011 Motegi MotoGP Saturday press release roundup
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    Saturday, 1 October - Update II ÔÇô WSBK/Magny Cours, MotoGP/Motegi

    SBK



    fim-live.com: Rea wins his first pole



    Magny-Cours ÔÇô Qualifying Practice 2 & Superpole.
    Saturday, 01 October 2011.

    Weather conditions: Sunny.
    Temperature: Air: 23 ÔÇô 27 ??C, Track: 28 ÔÇô 42 ??C
    Number of riders participating: 18 from 12 teams
    Fastest lap Qualifying Practices: Marco Melandri (Yamaha WBK Team) 1:38.171 min
    Fastest lap Superpole 3: Jonathan Rea (Castrol Honda) 1:37.490 min

    Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport started with high hopes in todayÔÇÖs Superpole qualifying at Magny-Cours (FRA). In the previous practice and qualifying sessions, factory riders Leon Haslam (GBR) and Troy Corser (AUS) were close to the top on their BMW S 1000 RRs. But in the deciding Superpole qualifying both of them experienced some issues that prevented them from qualifying at the very front. Leon finished seventh and will start the penultimate round of the 2011 FIM Superbike World Championship from the second row. Troy qualified 12th and on the third row. Ayrton Badovini (ITA) from the BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team will start with his RR from 16th. His team mate Xavi Fores (ESP) qualified 17th.

    Leon Haslam:
    Fastest lap Qualifying Practices: 1:38.483 min (P5) / Fastest lap FP: 1:39.344 min (P10) / Fastest lap Superpole 3: 1:38.382 min (P7)

    ÔÇ£We had a few issues in Superpole, which made the bike quite difficult to ride. If we can sit down now and solve these issues before tomorrow then a podium finish is certainly what we are aiming to achieve. We have been strong so far this weekend and the times are good on race tyres, but we just need to make some small improvements then we will be in a good position for the races. Right now starting positions and lap times are not what I am thinking about because we know if everything falls into place then we can be right up there.ÔÇØ

    Troy Corser:
    Fastest lap Qualifying Practices: 1:38.485 min (P6) / Fastest lap FP: 1:39.334 min (P9) / Fastest lap Superpole 2: 1:38.516 min (P12)

    ÔÇ£It was a tough session. The qualifying tyres didnÔÇÖt really improve my time as I was able to do the same times on race tyres, and that cost us in the end. It is a little frustrating because in order to qualify well you need to be going faster on the softer tyres, otherwise you wonÔÇÖt be able to match the speed of the other guys who can. But on race tyres the bike is working really well and I am happy with the set-up, so let see what happens tomorrow. Around here you need to get away well and run with the leaders, otherwise it can become very difficult to make up the time. A lot will depend on the first lap tomorrow. We have been in the top five all weekend so we are optimistic.ÔÇØ

    Rainer B?ñumel (Head of Race Operations):
    ÔÇ£Leon did a good job. In Superpole 3 he did not have a qualifying tyre left. In view of this he did a good lap time. All the riders are very close and in Superpole 1 we had to send out both riders on qualifying tyres. Nearly everybody in the field did that, as one tenth of a second more or less means five places higher or lower. Troy unfortunately had some issues with his tyres in Superpole 2 that led to small mistakes. That is a shame, because otherwise he would also have made it to the next session.ÔÇØ

    TroyCorser.com

    Despite missing out on final Superpole today, Troy is feeling positive about tomorrowÔÇÖs 23-lap races in Magny-Cours. Although, he will have to start from the third row of the grid, he is happy with his bikeÔÇÖs handling and his pace on race rubber. Once again, TroyÔÇÖs problems in Superpole were to do with the bikeÔÇÖs performance on qualifying tyres. As it has been so many times, the bike doesnÔÇÖt seem to perform as well on the supersoft tyres and so Troy loses out in Superpole. TroyÔÇÖs team mate, Leon Haslam, also struggled, but just managed to get ahead of Troy on row two. Jonathan Rea (Honda) took Superpole this afternoon, with Eugene Laverty (Yamaha) second and series leader Carlos Checa (Ducati) third. Troy - 12th, 1:38.516 My grid position is not so good, but I am still pretty positive about tomorrow. I know that my pace on race rubber is good, so there is no reason why I cannot be competitive. I am really happy with the way the bikeÔÇÖs chassis is working and now that the bike is less physical to ride I can push harder without wearing myself out. The engine is still a bit too aggressive and the bike just wants to wheelie. Time spent in the air is time wasted, so itÔÇÖs important to try and get the bike to wheelie less. All year we have been trying to smooth out the engine power and we are still trying to find some good solutions. The sharpness of the engine is a characteristic that weÔÇÖre working on and trying to make the bike easier to control. I still feel that this bike has the potential to win a world championship. It may be that we will have to consider another electronics system, but thatÔÇÖs just one of the ideas we are thinking about. If I can make a couple of good starts tomorrow, I am positive that I can get some good results. See ya, Troy


    BMW MOTORRAD ITALIA SUPERBIKE TEAM - MAGNY COURS ÔÇô SUPERPOLE
    01.10.2011

    In Magny-Cours Superpole, Ayrton Badovini, who took fourth in qualifying, could not repeat the lap times from the morning session and is set to start from the fourth row. Xavi Fores is constantly improving. First and second row for the Superstock riders: Lorenzo Zanetti put in the 4th fastest time followed by Sylvain Barrier with the 5th.

    Emotions were high on the second day of testing at the Circuit de Nevers - Magny Cours for the BMW Motorrad Italia Superbike Team.

    Ayrton Badovini put in a great performance in qualifying setting the fourth fastest time on a race tyre, but then failed to repeat his fast times in Superpole and will start tomorrow's race from the fourth row.
    Ayrton said of his performance: "I'm not happy because we got a result in practice that we were unable to repeat in Superpole. For tomorrow I am more confident as today's pace promises a tough race as we are all very close. It has been my worst qualifying of the season. The races will be better."

    Xavi Fores didn't qualify for Superpole but continues to improve every lap. In the second practice session he put in a time that saw him only a second behind the leader Carlos Checa.

    In Superstock, Sylvain Barriercrashed at the beginning of qualifying yesterday. The team was able to rebuild the bike, allowing the Frenchman not only to set the fifth fastest time (second row) today but also to help Lorenzo Zanetti who was fourth quickest putting him on the front row.

    Serafino Foti, sporting director of BMW Motorrad Italia Superbike Team at the end of the day of testing, said: "The Superpole went wrong because we failed to take advantage of the soft tyres. Ayrton was faster on the race tyre than the qualifying tyres. With race tyres we are not in bad shape and we will try to achieve as much as possible, knowing that starting from the fourth row penalises us a lot. Fores has missed the Superpole but had a good free practice session. He improves constantly and I think that he will have a good race tomorrow. In Superstock, Barrier crashed again unfortunately. It was a difficult qualifying session, but the guys were able to quickly patch up the bike and luckily Sylvain managed to make fifth. I am sure that without the problem he would have be better. Zanetti has improved a lot compared to yesterday and thanks to Sylvain giving him a tow. The race pace is good and both are sure to perform well in the race."

    Superbike - Superpole: 1?? J. Rea (Honda) 1'37.490 - 2?? E. Laverty (Yamaha) + 0.110 - 3?? C. Checa (Ducati) + 0.442...16?? A. Badovini (BMW) - 17?? J. Fores (BMW)

    Superstock - Qualifyng: 1?? D. Petrucci (Ducati) 1'41'335 - 2?? D. Giugliano (Ducati) + 0.037 - 3?? N. Canepa (Ducati) + 0.345 - 4?? L. Zanetti (BMW) + 0.355 - 5?? S. Barrier (BMW) + 0.493

    hondaproracing.com: Rea takes pole in France

    suzuki-racing.com: Fabrizio and Suzuki on 4th row



    MotoGP

    motogp.com: Stoner leads again in Motegi warm up


    Other Racing

    fia.com: Rallye de France ÔÇô Day 2

    reuters.com: Rally of France standings

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    Sunday, 2 October : MotoGP Grand Prix of Japan

    Casey Stoner dominated the Motegi race weekend until Sunday. Dani Pedrosa takes the top spot on the podium with Jorge Lorenzo (+7.299) second and Stoner (+18.380) coming in third.

    Rossi, Barbera, Bautista, Cudlin and Elias crashed and did not finish the race. Spies crashed but was able to rejoin the race and finished sixth. Simoncelli, Dovizioso and Crutchlow had to jump start their bikes during the race. Ride through penalties were given to each.

    1 25 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team HONDA 42'47.481 161.561
    2 20 1 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing YAMAHA 42'54.780 161.103 7.299
    3 16 27 Casey STONER AUS Repsol Honda Team HONDA 43'05.861 160.413 18.380
    4 13 58 Marco SIMONCELLI ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini HONDA 43'11.031 160.093 23.550
    5 11 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Repsol Honda Team HONDA 43'11.172 160.084 23.691
    6 10 11 Ben SPIES USA Yamaha Factory Racing YAMAHA 43'25.085 159.229 37.604
    7 9 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team DUCATI 43'26.648 159.134 39.167
    8 8 5 Colin EDWARDS USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA 43'32.504 158.777 45.023
    9 7 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini HONDA 43'36.555 158.531 49.074
    10 6 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Pramac Racing Team DUCATI 43'46.503 157.931 59.022
    11 5 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA 44'01.445 157.037 1'13.964
    12 4 64 Kousuke AKIYOSHI JPN LCR Honda MotoGP HONDA 44'09.190 156.578 1'21.709
    13 3 72 Shinichi ITO JPN Honda Racing Team HONDA 44'13.862 156.302 1'26.381

    Not Classified
    24 Toni ELIAS SPA LCR Honda MotoGP HONDA 30'50.565 158.773 7 laps
    19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP SUZUKI 23'26.728 159.722 11 laps
    6 Damian CUDLIN AUS Pramac Racing Team DUCATI 23'53.901 156.696 11 laps
    8 Hector BARBERA SPA Mapfre Aspar Team MotoGP DUCATI 1'57.120 147.571 23 laps
    46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Ducati Team DUCAT


    Stoner continues to hold a 40 point lead over Lorenzo, the current champion and nearest rival.World Championship Classification after the Grand Prix of Japan


    SBK

    Sunday Warmup:

    Just over a second separated P1 and P16 in the warmup session for the day of racing. Troy Corser was the rider in P1 until Carlos Checa clawed his way past on the last lap of the session.. Haslam and Badovini took turns next to him on the chart only to be supplanted by other riders.

    Magny-Cours - SUPERBIKE - Warm*Up

    1.*Carlos Checa (Althea*Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'38.764
    2.*Troy Corser (BMW*Motorrad*Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 1'38.886
    3.*Sylvain Guintoli (Team*Effenbert-Liberty*Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'38.919
    4.*Jonathan Rea (Castrol*Honda) Honda CBR1000RR 1'38.992
    5.*Jakub Smrz (Team*Effenbert-Liberty*Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'39.061
    6.*Tom Sykes (Kawasaki*Racing*Team*Superbike) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'39.173
    7.*Leon Camier (Aprilia*Alitalia*Racing*Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'39.197
    8.*Leon Haslam (BMW*Motorrad*Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 1'39.231
    9.*Noriyuki Haga (PATA*Racing*Team*Aprilia) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'39.287
    10.*Marco Melandri (Yamaha*World*Superbike*Team) Yamaha YZF R1 1'39.293
    11.*Ayrton Badovini (BMW*Motorrad*Italia*SBK*Team) BMW S1000 RR 1'39.405
    12.*Maxime Berger (Supersonic*Racing*Team) Ducati 1098R 1'39.495
    13.*Michel Fabrizio (Team*Suzuki*Alstare) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'39.615
    14.*Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki*Racing*Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'39.626
    15.*Javier Fores (BMW*Motorrad*Italia*SBK*Team) BMW S1000 RR 1'39.868
    16.*Mark Aitchison (Team*Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'39.886
    17.*Eugene Laverty (Yamaha*World*Superbike*Team) Yamaha YZF R1 1'40.003
    18.*Roberto Rolfo (Team*Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'40.661

    Great stuff but only the races count for points. Stay tuned.
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    Sunday, 2 October: Update II

    SBK

    A win and Championship for Checa, a P3 podium finish for Haslam, Melandri is official for BMW 2012 and there still is one race to go today!



    [http://www.worldsbk.com/en/news/5-news/9082-checa-the-champion-after-13th-race-win.html]worldsbk.com[/url]: Checa the champion after 13th race win



    Magny-Cours - SUPERBIKE - Race*1

    1.*Carlos Checa (Althea*Racing) Ducati 1098R 38'16.465
    2.*Marco Melandri (Yamaha*World*Superbike*Team) Yamaha YZF R1 38'18.666
    3.*Leon Haslam (BMW*Motorrad*Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 38'19.683
    4.*Leon Camier (Aprilia*Alitalia*Racing*Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 38'20.261
    5.*Eugene Laverty (Yamaha*World*Superbike*Team) Yamaha YZF R1 38'22.067
    6.*Sylvain Guintoli (Team*Effenbert-Liberty*Racing) Ducati 1098R 38'26.099
    7.*Noriyuki Haga (PATA*Racing*Team*Aprilia) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 38'26.279
    8.*Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki*Racing*Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 38'27.852
    9.*Troy Corser (BMW*Motorrad*Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 38'33.608
    10.*Tom Sykes (Kawasaki*Racing*Team*Superbike) Kawasaki ZX-10R 38'40.988
    11.*Javier Fores (BMW*Motorrad*Italia*SBK*Team) BMW S1000 RR 38'50.997
    12.*Michel Fabrizio (Team*Suzuki*Alstare) Suzuki GSX-R1000 39'36.207
    13.*Roberto Rolfo (Team*Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 39'30.062
    RT.*Maxime Berger (Supersonic*Racing*Team) Ducati 1098R 16'55.986
    RT.*Jonathan Rea (Castrol*Honda) Honda CBR1000RR 6'43.296
    RT.*Ayrton Badovini (BMW*Motorrad*Italia*SBK*Team) BMW S1000 RR 6'43.693
    RT.*Jakub Smrz (Team*Effenbert-Liberty*Racing) Ducati 1098R 3'22.430
    RT.*Mark Aitchison (Team*Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'38.643

    BMW makes it official -

    worldsbk.com: Melandri lines up alongside Haslam for BMW in 2012

    Marco Melandri lines up alongside Leon Haslam for BMW Motorrad Motorsport in 2012
    02.10.2011

    Marco Melandri lines up alongside Leon Haslam for BMW Motorrad Motorsport in 2012.


    Munich/Stephanskirchen, 2nd October 2011. BMW Motorrad Motorsport has confirmed its second rider for the 2012 FIM Superbike World Championship: alongside BritainÔÇÖs Leon Haslam (28), 29-year-old former MotoGP rider Marco Melandri (ITA) will ride the second BMW S 1000 RR for the team from Munich and Stephanskirchen.

    BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director Bernhard Gobmeier says: ÔÇ£We are really looking forward to working with Leon and Marco. I am convinced we will have arguably the strongest riderÔÇÖs line up in the Superbike World Championship field. We are delighted to have two riders who are both hungry and experienced for the coming season. That is the next important step for our team.ÔÇØ Gobmeier adds: ÔÇ£Marco has performed brilliantly this season, even during difficult periods. He impressed us in his first season in the championship, and we are pleased to be able to welcome him into our team.ÔÇØ


    Profile: Marco Melandri

    Date of birth:************************** 7th August 1982
    Place of birth:************************* Ravenna (ITA)
    Place of residence:**************** Ravenna (ITA)
    Family status:************************* Engaged
    Height:************************************ 1.66 m
    Weight:*********************************** 60 kg
    Hobbies:********************************* All kinds of motorsports, cycling, music**
    Passion:********************************** Bikes
    First bike:******************************** Malaguti Grizzly 50ccm
    First race: ********************************1989, Mini-Bikes, Cattolica (ITA)
    Career highlight:********************* 250ccm World Champion (2002), 2nd MotoGP (2005)
    Superbike World Championship record: *** ***** 22 races, 12 podium finishes, 3 wins, 5 second and 4 third places, 1 pole position, 3 fastest race laps

    Website:********************************* www.marcomelandri.it
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    Sunday, 2 October : Update - WSBK Race 2 and more

    SBK

    Sykes crashed on the opening lap and Fabrizio on the second. Atchison parked his Kawasaki on lap 3. By lap 4 the dust had setteled and Rea had the lead. By lap 7 he yielded it to Laverty. Checa would slowly fight his way back into contention. 13 laps into the race he advanced from midfield to P2. The next lap he would take the lead. Mean while once race leader Rea was out of the race on the same lap. Future teammates Melandri and Haslam worked their way through the field with the Italian having the better time of it taking P3 as Checa took P1 leaving Haslam in P5 trying to get past Camier and his Aprilia. He made it past with 4 laps remaining to catch up to battle Melandri for P3. The trouble is Melandri had taken advantage of the open track and had rabbited ahead in to try and catch the leaders. Haslam settled down in P4 for the rest of the run.

    Magny-Cours - SUPERBIKE - Race*2

    1. Carlos Checa (Althea*Racing) Ducati 1098R 38'17.851
    2. Marco Melandri (Yamaha*World*Superbike*Team) Yamaha YZF R1 38'19.118
    3. Eugene Laverty (Yamaha*World*Superbike*Team) Yamaha YZF R1 38'19.894
    4. Leon Haslam (BMW*Motorrad*Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 38'24.357
    5. Sylvain Guintoli (Team*Effenbert-Liberty*Racing) Ducati 1098R 38'25.694
    6. Leon Camier (Aprilia*Alitalia*Racing*Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 38'26.211
    7. Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki*Racing*Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 38'33.136
    8. Ayrton Badovini (BMW*Motorrad*Italia*SBK*Team) BMW S1000 RR 38'33.400
    9. Troy Corser (BMW*Motorrad*Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 38'34.129
    10. Noriyuki Haga (PATA*Racing*Team*Aprilia) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 38'40.847
    11. Javier Fores (BMW*Motorrad*Italia*SBK*Team) BMW S1000 RR 39'00.983
    12. Maxime Berger (Supersonic*Racing*Team) Ducati 1098R 39'05.697
    RT. Roberto Rolfo (Team*Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 32'02.403
    RT. Jonathan Rea (Castrol*Honda) Honda CBR1000RR 21'36.461
    RT. Mark Aitchison (Team*Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 20'27.804
    RT. Michel Fabrizio (Team*Suzuki*Alstare) Suzuki GSX-R1000 3'21.492
    RT. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki*Racing*Team*Superbike) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'39.136

    fim-live.c0m: BMW sign Melandri for 2012

    MotoGP

    Official Video Podcast ÔÇô Japanese GP

    bbc.co.uk: Dani Pedrosa claims dramatic MotoGP win in Japan

    hondaproracing.com: Pedrosa celebrates home victory for Honda

    motogp.com: Lorenzo delivers in action packed Japan GP

    ducati.com: Ducati team has bad luck at Motegi, but shows promising signs

    rizla-suzuki.co.uk: Bautista crashes out from fourth position in Motegi

    gresiniracing.com: Sweet and sour Japanese GP for Simoncelli

    teamtech3.fr: Edwards and Crutchlow take points in incident packted Motegi race

    [urrl=http://www.teamaspar.net/2011/10/02/hector-barbera-crashes-heavily-at-motgei/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TeamAspar+%28TeamAspar.net+%7 C+News%2C+Features+%26+Interviews+-+MotoGP%2C+Moto2%2C+250cc%2C+125cc%29]teamaspar.net[/url]: Hector Barbera crashes heavily at Motegi


    Other Racing

    After winning the driver and team championships:
    BMW also secures the ALMS manufacturersÔÇÖ title at Petit Le Mans.


    Munich/Atlanta, 1st October 2011. BMW has written another chapter in motorsport history in the USA at the finale of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), the 1000-mile Petit Le Mans, at Road Atlanta, in Braselton, Georgia. BMW Team RLL won a second consecutive manufacturersÔÇÖ championship in the GT class to complete a 2011 hat-trick of titles. The driversÔÇÖ and team championships had already been secured two weeks ago with one race still to go. The last time BMW achieved this feat was in 2001 with the BMW M3 GTR. BMW only returned to the ALMS with the BMW M3 GT in 2009.

    After a thrilling race, Dirk Werner (DE), Bill Auberlen (US) and Augusto Farfus (BR) ultimately achieved a third place finish, completing 367 laps around the 2.54-mile circuit. After an incident with a slower car in the closing stages of the race caused two pit stops to repair the damage, their teammates Dirk M??ller (DE), Joey Hand (US) and Andy Priaulx (GB) finished the race in ninth place. At least one BMW M3 GT finished on the podium in every single race this season. Dirk M??ller and Joey Hand secured first place in the driversÔÇÖ championship, ahead of Oliver Gavin and Jan Magnussen (Corvette). Dirk Werner and Bill Auberlen (US) finished third overall. BMW Team RLL clinched victory in the team competition, ahead of Corvette Racing. In the ManufacturersÔÇÖ Championship, BMW finished ahead of Porsche.

    With this strong result, the BMW drivers scored valuable points for two championships. The 1000 mile race at the roller coaster Road Atlanta circuit not only counts towards the American Le Mans Series, but also the 2011 Intercontinental Le Mans Cup.

    ÔÇ£The entire team deserves a huge compliment. Everyone involved on both sides of the Atlantic have been justly rewarded for their tireless effortsÔÇØ, said BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. ÔÇ£To celebrate this kind of success in one of the toughest racing series in the GT class is a fantastic result. Throughout the season, the key to this success was excellent drivers, a very low error rate, a team working in almost perfect harmony, our strong tire partner Dunlop ÔÇô and the BMW M3 GT, of course. Our engineers really raised the bar in GT racing with this car this year.ÔÇØ

    Ludwig Willisch, President of BMW of North America, added: ÔÇ£Congratulations to everyone at BMW Team RLL. To achieve an excellent result like this with the BMW M3 GT in one of the most prestigious GT racing series in North America is simply fantastic. We can all be proud of this achievement. More BMW M cars are sold in the USA than anywhere else in the world, underlining the importance of this success.ÔÇØ

    BMW also emerged victorious in the "Green X Challenge" category, which is all about using resources responsibly.

    Bobby Rahal: ÔÇ£We came here to win the Manufacturers Championship for BMW and we did it. It was not an easy race. We had a number of tire punctures, an incident with a slower car in the dark, and so much traffic.* This kept us from the top of the podium, but we knew what we had to do to win the Manufacturers Championship and I am certainly pleased to bring the title to BMW for the second consecutive year. I am extremely grateful to all of the sponsors and partners that support BMW Team RLL.ÔÇØ

    Dirk M??ller: ÔÇ£In the race, I had a moment of shock. I came into a blind apex in fourth gear and just avoided crashing into another car that was stopped on track. I just clipped the right side of my car and had to pit for repairs. Right now, I am just happy to be here in one piece. Nevertheless, we had a great season. I am very, very pleased that were able to secure the driverÔÇÖs championship at the last race. We can be very proud on our achievements.ÔÇØ

    Joey Hand: ÔÇ£It is a great feeling racing here as the 2011 driverÔÇÖs champion. It was a great effort from everyone, BMW Motorsport, BMW Team RLL, Dunlop and Crowne Plaza. This championship was not just won by me and Dirk. It was won by the entire program over the course of three years. This BMW is the coolest and most comfortable racing car I have ever driven. I simply had the greatest year of my career.ÔÇØ

    Andy Priaulx: ÔÇ£I raced at Sebring where this successful season began, so it was another great experience coming over here and be part of BMW Team RLL once more at the Petit Le Mans. The atmosphere here is as brilliant as the BMW M3 GT. Congratulations to Dirk and Joey for winning the driverÔÇÖs title and a big thank you to everybody in the team. I enjoyed the weekend very much.ÔÇØ

    Dirk Werner: ÔÇ£It is a bit of a pity that we lost a second place finish, but weÔÇÖve been able to secure the manufacturerÔÇÖs title for BMW with a podium. It was a very tough race. As they did the entire season, the team helped us with great pit stops to gain positions in the race. The team did an absolutely fantastic job.ÔÇØ

    Bill Auberlen: ÔÇ£Petit Le Mans is always very tough race. Dirk did an absolutely great job in the final stint to keep us on the podium. I am very proud to be part of this team and continue to add to BMWÔÇÖs trophy case. Congratulations to Dirk and Joey for winning the driverÔÇÖs title.ÔÇØ

    Augusto Farfus: ÔÇ£It is always great to race in America. The event here at Road Atlanta is amazing. I would compare it to a small N??rburgring with regards to both the racetrack and the atmosphere. There are a lot of BMW fans. The spectators are very close to the circuit and we can see them waving and cheering. This season has been very successful for BMW, and I am proud that I was given another chance racing in the ALMS with such great teammates.ÔÇØ

    This completes an extremely successful motorsport season in the USA for BMW. On September 17th, TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing, with Felix Sabates drivers Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas behind the wheel of a BMW Riley, secured the driversÔÇÖ title in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sport Car Series at the EMCO Gears Classic in Lexington/Ohio. For the pair in the TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing BMW number 01, this was the second consecutive title with BMW Power. Paul Dalla Lana of the Turner Motorsport team also had reason to be happy. He drove a BMW M3 to the driversÔÇÖ title in the 2011 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Grand Sport Class ÔÇô also at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The Turner Motorsport team can also celebrate the team title, while the championships also went to BMW for a second consecutive year in the engine and manufacturer competitions.

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    The weekend that had started so positively for Troy ended in frustration and disappointment. Troy used the same bike and same set-up for both races, but the tyres that had worked well enough on Friday and Saturday behaved differently today and caused grip problems in both races. So, once again, Troy ended a raceday feeling that things should’ve gone better and wondering why they did not. Carlos Checa (Ducati) comfortably won both races and also took the 2011 World Superbike title. Marco Melandri (Yamaha) took second place in race one, with Leon Haslam (BMW) third. Melandri also took runner-up spot in race two, though this time it was his team mate Eugene Laverty in third. Troy - Race 1: 9th, Race 2: 9th It’s been another one of those Sundays and I feel disappointed and frustrated yet again. I was happy with the bike the past two days and honestly believed that I would get at least top five finishes today - and possibly a podium in things had gone well. Today I wasn’t the only one to suffer a lack of grip - Tom (Sykes) and Nori (Haga) obviously had some tyre issues - but it is frustrating when things have previously gone well. I used the same bike for both races today and the same set-up we found in practice and qualifying. The tyres were the same type and I felt confident because I had done seventeen laps on one yesterday and it had lasted pretty well. So we put the same type of tyre on the bike for race one and it started spinning up after just four or five laps and just got worse. When the grip goes, the bike becomes much harder to ride and I have to fight it more and more. The engine characteristic is such that, when grip goes, the bike is more difficult to control. I used the same bike and set-up for race two and the same type of tyre because none of us believed that we would have the same problems again. At the start it was not so bad, but the performance dropped off after 12 laps and then again towards the end of the race. Some other bikes seem able to manage their tyres better than us and I think that this is probably to due with our engine character and/or electronics. It’s something that we continue to work on and continue to try and find good solutions. It would be really good to have no problems in Portimao in the final round. I would like to have a good practice and qualifying and then really be able to attack in the races. It has been frustrating at times this season, so it would be good to have a round with no major problems and end the season on a positive note. See ya, Troy










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    Tuesday, 4 October: Part II

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    The new BMW G 650 GS Sert?úo.

    03.10.2011

    BMW G 650 GS Sert?úo ÔÇô the sporty BMW single cylinder enduro for offroad and everyday.
    With its new BMW G 650 GS Sert?úo, BMW Motorrad has added a new, sporting chapter to the history of single cylinders in the BMW GS family. Whereas the G 650 GS thrilled riders with its lean, wiry offroad stature, the G 650 GS Sert?úo promises even more sporting characteristics, even greater offroad capabilities, and an even stronger desire for adventure.

    And all of this without any sacrifice to the established virtues of a BMW single cylinder endure such as everyday practicality, appealing price-performance ratio, and playful riding properties.

    Chassis for greater offroad practicality, optimised touring properties, and dynamic design.

    On the technical side, the new G 650 GS Sert?úo uses the established liquid cooled, high-torque single cylinder engine of the G 650 GS with two overhead camshafts, fuel injection, and double ignition. Its 652*cc displacement delivers 35*kW (48*hp) at 6500*rpm and a max torque of 60*Nm at 5000*rpm. Options include output reduction to 25*kW (34*hp) at 6500*rpm and 47*Nm torque at 4500*rpm.

    Whereas the G 650 GS chassis was developed primarily for country roads and light offroad use, the Sert?úo presents far greater offroad practicality in the form of longer spring travels and tighter tuning. In addition, it is fitted with wire spoke wheels.

    Also the new colour concept underscores the dynamic character of the single cylinder enduro.

    The essential features of the new BMW G 650 GS Sert?úo at a glance:
    High-torque and low-consumption single cylinder engine with 652*cc displacement. Max torque of 60*Nm at 5000*rpm and max output of 35*kW (48*hp) at 6500*rpm. Output reduction to 25*kW (34*hp) available.
    Offroad chassis concept with long spring travels (front/rear 210*mm).
    Wire spoke wheels with light alloy rims. Wheel sizes 21ÔÇ£ front and 17ÔÇ£ rear.
    Dynamic colour concept in Aura White*/ Arroyo Blue with Sert?úo lettering and seat in black/grey.
    Luggage carrier in black.
    Extended top front wheel cover.
    Two seat heights: 860*mm (standard) and 900*mm (special accessory).
    High windscreen.
    Hand protectors.
    Engine guard of aluminium.
    Disengageable BMW Motorrad ABS (option ex works).
    Extensive range of special accessories.




























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    worldsbk.com: Pirelli notes from Magny Cours

    hondaproracing.com: Castrol Honda determined to take positives from Magny Cours

    bikesportnews.com: Checa to test Ducati's 2012 MotoGP bike?

    motostation.com: Elias to Ducati?

    MotoGP

    fim-live.com: Simoncelli gets first taste of RC213V

    Formula 1

    mercedes-gp.com: Race preview ÔÇô accelerated development with Petronas

    Ferrari say there was no malicious intent in the radio call from engineer Rob Smedley to Felipe Massa during the Singapore Grand Prix, in which he told the Brazilian to 'destroy' Lewis Hamilton's race. The team say the message was blown out of proportion and had nothing to do with the collision that took place between the drivers moment later.




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    From Yamaha-Racing: After a stellar season that saw Chaz Davies take seven podiums of which an impressive five race wins from the 11 races completed, the Welshman powered his Yamaha YZF-R6 to the chequered flag in Magny Cours, the penultimate round of the season, to prematurely claim the 2011 World Supersport Championship title.




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    The forum has been wondering about Norton. The company keeps adding to its staff and is beginning to tout information about actual riders of their bikes and dealers. More important, at least to the socially awkward teenage biker inside many of us, the advertising department is going back to basics.











    The Mothership

    BMW Canada achives best ever September.

    BMW Group U.S. reports September 2011 [cage] sales

    BMW executive joins the board of the Green Parking Council.
    New York, NY  October 4, 2011 The BMW Group today announced that it will become a member of the Board of Advisors of the Green Parking Council. Joachim Hauser, Director BMW Group Mobility Services will also be joining the Board of Directors. The GPC is a national 501(c)(3) organization providing leadership and oversight for the green conversion of parking facilities to sustainable, environmentally responsible assets.

    BMW tops the two million mark in the UK.
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    worldsbk.com: Two seconds give Marco Melandir a clear second

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    fim-live.com: Barbera returning to Spain for operation
    Formula 1

    fia.com: 2011 Japanese GP - Preview

    formula1.com: Button signs new multi year deal with McLaren

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    ultimatemotorcycling.com: BMW K 1600 GTL ÔÇô quick look

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    bmw-motosport.com: History Index

    Husqvarna & Salminen ÔÇô Enduro 1 World Champions

    05.10.2011

    Husqvarna *also wins manufacturers titles in E1 and E2. * Finnish enduro star Juha Salminen secures Enduro 1 world title at final EWC event of ÔÇÖ11 *on his TE250





    Innovation Days 2011 - Connected Drive ÔÇô added value through connectivity


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    Friday, 7 October


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    worldsbk.com: New Champion explains how he did it.

    worlsbk.com: Infront introduces new brand identity for FIM Superbike World Championship

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    superbikeplanet.com: Can Stoner catch Rossi?

    crash.net: Full Moto3 technical rules announced



    motogp.com: Rossi broken finger sends Hayden to test the GP12

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    bbc.co.uk: Live Japanese Grand Prix practice [commentar]

    formula1.com: Practice 1 ÔÇô McLaren leads the way as Vettel crashes

    2011 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX
    THURSDAY PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT

    06.10.2011
    DRIVERS ÔÇô Jerome DÔÇÖAMBROSIO (Virgin), Jenson BUTTON (McLaren), Paul DI RESTA
    (Force India), Kamui KOBAYASHI (Sauber), Heikki KOVALAINEN (Team Lotus), Sebastian
    VETTEL (Red Bull)

    formula1.com: Can Button delay the inevitable?
    -after that post came this-
    formula1.com: Vettel and Button play down title talk

    Ferrari.com: Alonso ÔÇ£as focused as if we were fighting for the titleÔÇØ while Massa laments about his lack of luck this season.





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    BMW Group UK reports a 12.2 percent increase in first nine months of 2011

    BMW Brazil:
    BMW MOTORRAD is AWARD-WINNING MOTORCYCLE of the YEAR EVENT in 2011
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    During the ceremony of the 2011 motorcycle of the year award, held by the Duas Rodas Magazine yesterday, BMW Motorrad Brazil was winning two categories among the 4:0 pm that competed, taking the bike of the year trophies in Sports categories, and Naked.

    The BMW S 1000 RR motorcycle of the year, elected in the Sports category in 2010, he continued leading the position No. 1 again, winning the award in the category. Naked bikes already had their scenes dominated by BMW F 800 R (CKD model), which managed to stand out in the face of strong competition and the judges of the contest.

    The motorcycle of the year award is a competition held by the Duas Rodas magazine since 1998, in which readers choose the finalists who will go to the models runway to be tested by specialized industry that 8 journalists together have the pleasure and the difficult task of choosing the winning bike in style, comfort, maneuverability, motor, brakes and suspension. The tests are performed in the field of evidence of Piracicaba, known as ECPA.

    With this award once again, BMW Motorrad Brazil is renowned for its excellent products and work in the country.

    About the BMW Group
    The BMW Group is one of the most successful manufacturers of automobiles and motorcycles in the world, with its brands BMW, MINI, Husqvarna and Rolls-Royce. As a global company, the BMW Group operates 25 production facilities and Assembly in 14 countries and has a global sales network present in more than 140 countries.

    During the financial year 2010, the BMW Group sold 1.46 million cars and more than 110,000 motorcycles around the world. In 2010 the Group's revenue was EUR 60.5 billion, profit before taxes reached the value of 4.8 billion euros. In December 31, 2010, the BMW Group had a workforce of about 95,500 employees

    The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term projects and socially responsible actions. The company therefore established an ecological and social sustainability along the entire value chain, a comprehensive responsibility with respect to its products and a clear commitment to conserving resources as an essential part of its strategy. As a result of their efforts, the BMW Group was classified as an industry leader in Dow Jones sustainability indexes for the past seven years.

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    Friday, 7 October : Formula 1 Japanese GP Practice Update

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    Second Session Classifications

    Friday Press Conference
    TEAM REPRESENTATIVES - Giorgio ASCANELLI (Toro Rosso), Pat FRY
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    formula1.com: Friday Analysis ÔÇô Red Bull playing the long game?

    formula1.com: Vettel's practice crash a wake up call.

    ferrari.com: Japanese GP ÔÇô expect the unexpected
    lotusrenaultgp.com; Alan Permane - ÔÇ£Our belief of qualifying both through Q3 is very realistic.ÔÇØ
    mercedes-gp.com: Michael - ÔÇ£I would guess we will find ourselves qualifying in the region we have been latelyÔÇØ
    RedBull.com: Driver's reaction
    ToroRosso: Hard work back home pays off in Japan.
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