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    pirelli.com: Pirelli in the ?temple of speed? with specifically designed 17 inch Diablo Superbike solutions

    crash.net: Guintoli targets Monza speed record

    : Laverty confident of prospects

    MotoGP

    hrchonda.com: Repsol Honda team continues momentum in Jerez test



    autosport.com: Jorge Lorenzo settles dilemma over Yamaha MotoGP chassis

    autosport.com: Rossi says Marquez/Lorenzo clash at Jerez a racing incident

    Formula One

    formula1.com: Spanish GP ? did you know?

    formula1.com: Ferrari organizational changes paying off

    jamesallenonff1.com: Circuit de Catalunya the complete race circuit that frustrates the engineers



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    RECALL: NHTSA Recall ID No. 13V172000
    [Dated: MAY 03, 2013 BMW is recalling certain model year 2002-2003 325i, 325xi, 330i, 330xi sedans; 325Ci and 330Ci coupes and convertibles; 325iT and 325xiT Sports Wagons; and M3 coupes and convertibles to address a safe... url=]....More

    The 2013 MotoGP season is a special one for the BMW M GmbH which is celebrating a double anniversary. It is the 15th year as ?Official Car of MotoGP? and at the end of the season, the BMW M Award for the best MotoGP qualifier will be handed over for the tenth time. Since the end of 2003, the rider with the best qualifying results has been awarded an exclusive and individually customised BMW* ...More

    The 2013 MotoGP? World Championship is a very special one for BMW M GmbH: this is BMW M?s 15th season as ?Official Car of MotoGP?. The fleet of Safety and Official Cars is made up of the latest BMW M models, which have been modified specifically for their outings in MotoGP. ....More

    Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Auckland was a three-time winner at the Asia Pacific regional dealer awards held in Hong Kong recently. The dealership shone during an awards ceremony held for the brand?s 16 dealer partners from across the Asia Pacific region (outside of China). ...More

    Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has announced plans for a new authorised dealer to be based in Poland. Last week Auto Fus and the manufacturer of super-luxury motor cars signed an agreement which states that the new dealership is to be officially named Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Warsaw. Since 2010, Auto Fus has been an authorised service partner and will extend its services to the entire range of sales and aftersales. ....More





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    fim-libve.com: Monza awaits the ENI FIM Superbike World Championship

    fim-live.com: KRT duo Tom Sykes and Loris Baz

    worldsbk.com: Shoulder pain for Checa ahead of Monza

    suuki-racing.com: Monz WSB beckons for FIXI Crescent Suzuki

    crash.net: Camier expecting hared weekend

    motomatters.com: Parmac Ducati press release ? Andrea Ianno undergoes successful arm pump surgery

    Formula One

    fia.com: Race Preview ? 2013 Spanish GP
    Circuit Map
    Media Kit

    formula1.com: Spanish GP ? Did you know?

    reuters.com:
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    -Statistics for Spanish GP









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    The BMW Motorrad Days 2013 celebrates 90 years of BMW Motorrad.
    Munich/Garmisch-Partenkirchen. 90 years of BMW Motorrad: this is the motto of the 13th BMW Motorrad Days in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. This year the world's biggest BMW Motorrad meeting will take place from July 5th - 7th. ....More

    After success at Long Beach: BMW Team RLL ready for the next ALMS round at Laguna Seca
    The 2013 American Le Mans Series (ALMS) is back on track this Saturday at Laguna Seca Raceway, in Monterey, California (US), with the four-hour American Le Mans Monterey. ...More

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    It certainly has.

    Tried ot make it to New Glarus but just could not get there. Wanted to make the ride out to Oregon but won't be able to do that either.

    That said it is nice to see your avitar in this thread.

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    SBK

    worldsbk.com: BAR Sport mania for WSBK riders at Monza

    hondaproracing.com: Rea and Akiyoshi seek Monza speed

    worldsbk.com: Monza pre-round statistics

    motomatters. Com: Monza WSBK and WSS pre round preview press releases



    MotoGP

    motogp.com: Ducati end test at Mugello

    bbc.co.uk: Crutchlow reveals Yamaha talks with Pol Espargaro

    Formula One

    fia.com: 2013 Spanish Grand Prix
    Thursday Press Conference Transcript
    09.05.2013
    DRIVERS ? Valtteri BOTTAS (Williams), Daniel RICCIARDO (Toro Rosso), Esteban
    GUTIERREZ (Sauber), Sebastian VETTEL (Red Bull Racing), Fernando ALONSO
    (Ferrari), Sergio PEREZ (McLaren)

    formula1.com: Who will make the biggest step forward?

    bbc.co.uk: Allison in frame for Ferrari move

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    BMW GROUP FINANCIAL SERVICES ANNOUNCES EXECUTIVE CHANGES IN THE U.S.
    WOODCLIFF LAKE, NJ, May 8, 2013 - BMW Group Financial Services announced today changes to its executive team in the U.S. which will all take effect on June 1, 2013. ...More





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    FWIW: SBK and F1 are driving a very early post of the BR&TMR Saturday edition.

    Melandri is on top of Q1 but a wise gambler would hedge their bets for Superpole. I have not had a lot of time to dig through the numbers but Lucy there's a lot a sandbaging going on.

    Speed is king at Monza and a front row start may mean more than usual in a very tight field. Dig into Friday's times and comments and you will find a good deal of time spent setting up for R1&2. The big guns get uncorked tomorrow.

    Melandri has had another week to recover. Over the Assen weekend his stammina seemed much improved compared to Portimao. Monza will be a real test of his physical recovery.

    Davies is the designated whinner for the team it seems. Friday and early Saturdayhe appears to be tasked to ride the setup test mule for the Goldbet Team. We should see him improve in Superpole. He needs to after the Assen Round.

    Aprilia scares me. Hodna is an illusion. KRT!!! Suzuki the tough street kid. Then there is DucAudi. Checa is a hero in Italy but is astride a lackluster bike for this venue and so far this season.

    F1 ? Tyres ? Alonso ? Tyres ? Strategy. Look for some serious crashes that will impact the race on Sunday.

    SBK

    worldsbk.com: Melandri flies his BMW to the top in Q1

    BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team - WSBK - Monza - Qualifying Practice 1
    n tricky conditions, the BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team secured provisional pole-position for its home round at Monza (ITA). Factory rider Marco Melandri (ITA) set the fastest time in today?s first qualifying practice on his BMW S 1000 RR. His team-mate Chaz Davies (GBR) was also on course for a top position, but for him the qualifying practice came to an early end when he crashed 15 minutes into the session and was classified 13th. In the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup, BMW Motorrad GoldBet STK Team?s rider Sylvain Barrier also secured provisional pole-position with his BMW HP4, being fastest in the first qualifying practice with a gap of more than seven tenths of a second to his closest rival. His team mate Greg Gildenhuys (RSA) was 15th.

    hondaproracing.com: Provisional second at Q1 Monza

    aprilia.com: Friday at Monza

    suzuki-racing.com: Solid start at Monza for FIXI Crescent Suzuki

    eugenelaverty.co: Aprilia Racing takes on the first Italian Round of the World Superbike season

    superbikeplantet.com: Monza Friday quote machine



    worldsbk.com: STK 1000 ? Barrier enjoys the lead in STK 1000

    TWC.com: Monza weather forcast

    MotoGP

    MotoGP: Rewind ? Spain 2013

    motogp.com: Magneti Marelli continues developing ECU

    Formula One

    FIA.com : 2013 Spanish Grand Prix
    Friday Press Conference
    Transcript
    10.05.2013
    TEAM REPRESENTATIVES ? Dave GREENWOOD (Marussia), Mike COUGHLAN
    (Williams), Mark SMITH (Caterham), Andrew GREEN (Force India), Nikolas
    TOMBAZIS (Ferrari), Adrian NEWEY (Red Bull Racing)

    formula1.com: Alonso leads the way in soggy opening practice

    formula1.com: Practice 2 ? Vettel edges Alonso

    formula1.com: Friday Analysis ? Red Bull out to spoil Alonso's homecoming

    formula1.com: Friday Practice ? selected team and driver quotes

    pirelli.com: Spanish Grand Prix practice sessions

    bbc.co.uk: Drivers worried over tyre safety

    TWC.com: Barcelona Spain weather forecast

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    Hard work by the BMW Motorrad Motorsport technicians and testing at Zwartkops Raceway between rounds paid off big time for former South African Supersport champion Chris Leeson, when he rode two brilliant races on the BMW HP4 to record his first victory in the fourth round of the 2013 South African Superbike championship at Zwartkops near Pretoria on Saturday 4 May. ...MORE

    fim-live.com: Husqvarna CH Racing looking for success in Spain

    sportrider.com: KTM announces Road Race Contingency Program

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    hf.com: RideApart Review ? Honda CTX 700

    dealernews.com: Suzuki sales in North America drop 42% in Q1

    dealernews.com: House bill would end funding for motorcycle only checkpoints

    cycleworld.com: Quali Motorcycle Gathering

    motorcyclenews.com: ACE 1200CR Special ridden

    ultimatemotorcycling.com: Increased motorcycle deaths amps up helmet concerns

    sportrider.com: Motorcycle Riding in Winter







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    R 10 ? almost a new beginning?....More
    Accelerating growth with the R 25 series
    The post-war years saw the increasing importance of affordable utility transport, hence the sales success of the R 24 ? the first machine that BMW made after WWII. More than 12,000 R 24 models were manufactured, until it was superseded by the R 25, which would go on to become an incredible success story, helping the German motorcycle manufacturer achieve sales records never seen* ...More

    Alfred B?ning ? a man of his time
    The R 7 is an elegant motorcycle and although it was never a production model, it had many features that would not be seen until thirty or more years later. Monocoque construction, fuel cell under the bodywork, the motor with the camshaft below the crank and even the choke lever mounted on the handle bar ....More



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    Sebasti?o Salgado: The silent drama of photography
    Economics PhD Sebasti?o Salgado only took up photography in his 30s, but the discipline became an obsession. His years-long projects beautifully capture the human side of a global story that all too often involves death, destruction or decay. Here, he tells a deeply personal story of the craft that nearly killed him, and shows breathtaking images from his latest work, Genesis, which documents the world's forgotten people and places. TED Talks

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    Saturday, 11 May Racing Update : WSBK ? Monzo Superpole | F1 ? Spanish GP Qualifying


    SBK

    worldsbk.com: Melandri still on top after qualifying 2

    Then...

    worldsbk.com: Tisot Superpole win and new best lap for Sykes



    kawasaki-racing.eu: Sykes sets new track best to win Superpole

    ]eugenelaverty.com: Excelent result for the Aprilia Racing Team

    hondaproracing.com: Second row for Rea in Italy

    suzuki-racing.com: FIXI Crescent Suzuki on Monza third row

    alstare.net: Badovinin qualifies in twelth position for tomorrow's racesat Monza


    BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team - WSBK - Monza - Superpole
    The BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team experienced a thrilling Superpole qualifying in Monza (ITA). In a nail-biting session, both factory BMW S 1000 RR riders went through to the deciding Superpole 3 session. Local hero Marco Melandri will start the fourth round of the 2013 FIM Superbike World Championship from fifth place on the second row of the grid. His team-mate Chaz Davies (GBR) qualified ninth and will start on the third row. In the 2013 FIM Superstock 1000 Cup, championship leader Sylvain Barrier (FRA) will start the third round of the season from pole-position. His team-mate Greg Gildenhuys (RSA) improved several positions from yesterday and qualified seventh.

    motomatters.com: Monza World Superbike and World Superspot post qualifying press releases

    worldsbk.com: 10th Career pole for Sylvain Barrier



    Formula One
    fia.com: 2013 Spanish Grand Prix
    Post Qualifying Press Conference Transcript
    11.05.2013
    DRIVERS
    1 ? Nico ROSBERG (Mercedes)
    2 ? Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes)
    3 ? Sebastian VETTEL (Red Bull Racing)

    Provisional Starting Grid
    Classifications
    Lap Times
    Maximum Speeds
    Best Sector Times
    Speed Trap

    formula1.com: Qualifying Analysis

    formula1.com: Qualifying ? Selected team and drivers quotes

    pirelli.com: Qualifying ? 2013 Spanish Grand Prix

    jamesallenonf1.com: Nico Rosberg made it a hat-trick of pole positions for Mercedes GP as he produced two laps fast enough to take the top spot for the Spanish Grand Prix, ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel.

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    BMW Team RLL Qualifies 5th and 8th for ALMS Monterey
    Woodcliff Lake, N.J. ? May 10, 2013 . . . BMW Team RLL will start in the fifth and eighth positions in tomorrow?s four-hour American Le Mans Monterey race at Laguna Seca, the third round of the 2013 American Le Mans Series.

    BMW Sports Trophy Media Guide for the 2013 DTM season.
    BMW Motorsport is continuing its long tradition of supporting privateer teams around the world in their fight for victories and titles in GT and touring car racing in 2013.

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    SBK

    worldsbk.com: Melandri wins an incredibly close race



    worldsbk.com: Laverty takes Race 2 win to close on championship lead



    aprilia.com: World Superbike 2013 ? The races at Monza

    BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team - WSBK - Monza - Races
    The BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team is back on winning ways. Factory rider Marco Melandri (ITA) rode his BMW S 1000 RR to victory in race one today and in race two, Marco was once again one of the front runners and finished second, claiming the fastest race lap. His team-mate Chaz Davies (GBR) finished fifth in the first race, but crashed out of race two, once again, lying in fifth. The BMW Motorrad GoldBet STK Team had a more than unlucky day. The race of the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup ended prematurely for both riders after Sylvain Barrier (FRA) and Greg Gildenhuys (RSA) were involved in a heavy crash in the first corner which involved a number of motorcycles.

    [url=http://www.kawasaki-racingteam.eu/road-race/news.asp?Id=3400C602997 ]Sykes takes two podiums and the lap record at Monza

    patahonda.com: Disappointment for PATA Honda at Monza



    suzuki-racing.com: Fighting performance by Camier at Monza

    alstare.net: Checa's sholder injury forces him to forfit the Monza weekend


    Formula One

    fia.com: 2013 Spanish Grand Prix
    Sunday Press Conference Transcript
    12.05.2013
    DRIVERS
    1 ? Fernando ALONSO (Ferrari)
    2 ? Kimi RAIKKONEN (Lotus)
    3 ? Felipe MASSA (Ferrari)

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

    Standings:
    Driver
    Constructors Championship

    formula1.com: Alonso storms to victory in Spain

    formula1.com: Selected team and driver quotes

    formula1.com: Pirelli to reduce the number of pit stops by British Grand Prix

    pirelli.com: Spanish Grand Prix

    reuters.com: Team by team analysis

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    webbikeworld.com: BMW Cafe Racers ? wBW Book Review

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    RECALLNHTSA Recall ID No. 13V180000
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    Schubert Motorsport triumphs in the ADAC GT Masters, ALMS podium for BMW Team RLL ? and a Q&A with Dirk Werner ....More

    Dirk M?ller (DE) and John Edwards (US), driving the No. 56 BMW Z4 GTE, scored a third place finish in Saturday?s four-hour American Le Mans Monterey (US) race. A second consecutive podium finish for the No. 56 machine in only the third race of the new programme and a win for the No. 55 car at Long Beach (US) keeps BMW in second place in the manufacturer point standings in the GT class and moves M?ller to the top of the GT class driver points. ...More

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    VIDEO: 2013 FIM Superbike World Championship - Monza (ITA)


    worldsbk.com: Sykes reinstated to third after FIM panel decision

    pirelli.com: At Monza the Pirelli SC0 solution is the unanimous choice among Superbike and Supersport riders for the rear with Tom Sykes and Marco Melandri using it to break historic records


    MotoGP

    fim-live.com: Le Mans braced for adrenaline packed MotoGP

    Formula One

    formula1.com: Spain analysis ? Ferrarri strykes back in style

    nbcsports.com: Drivers worried Pirelli tires are wearing roo fast

    f1times.co.uk: Furious Mateschitz meets with Ecclestone


    reuters.com: Mercedes mystified by lack of race pace

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    roadracingworld.com: U.S. Congress recognizes motorcycle caucus

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    BMW Motorrad sells 11.5 % more vehicles in April. April 2013 is the most successful month in the history of BMW Motorrad with 14,587 BMW motorcycles sold.
    Munich. In April BMW Motorrad sold 11.5% more vehicles than in the equivalent month last year. 14,587 units (previous year: 13,088 units) were supplied to customers worldwide last month. As of April, vehicle supplies total 39,319 motorcycles and maxi scooters (previous year: 37,461 units / + 5.0 %). ....More

    BMW Group posts best ever April sales ...More

    Following Augusto Farfus? (BR) and Dirk Werner?s (DE) one-two at the first round of the 2013 DTM in Hockenheim (DE), the BMW teams travel to the second race of the season with the wind in their sails. The ?Brands Hatch Circuit? in Great Britain will host the popular touring car series on 19th May. Last year, BMW Team Schnitzer?s Bruno Spengler (CA) stepped onto the podium as runner-up. Martin Tomczyk (DE) of BMW Team RMG finished fourth to score valuable points, and also clocked the fastest race lap in a time of 42.138 seconds. ....More

    On the Whitsun weekend the tradition-rich 24-hour race at the N?rburgring will be held for the 41st time and, just as was the case in the 40 previous events, BMW will once again be represented by a large number of cars and drivers. Nearly 50 BMW cars will contest possibly the most gruelling race in the world, held at the famous N?rburgring-Nordschleife. Since the inaugural event, back in 1970, BMW drivers and teams have celebrated 19 overall and 155 class wins. No other manufacturer can look back on a similar history of success in the ?Green Hell?. ...More

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    Transport Canada: MASERATI issued a recall on the QUATTROPORTE, 8C, and GRANTURISMO models
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    worldsbk.com: Monza post race statistics

    MotoGP

    VIDEO: Round four 2013 Le Mans
    Built in 1965 around the existing 24-Hour track, the Le Mans Bugatti Grand Prix race circuit sits 5km south of the city of Le Mans and 200km south-west of Paris. The venue has hosted Grand Prix since the late 1960s but a serious accident to Spanish rider Alberto Puig in 1995 saw it struck off the calendar until 2000 whilst stringent safety improvements were carried out. With the capacity to comfortably accommodate up to 100,000 spectators, the Bugatti circuit is once again the venue for the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France.

    [urlo=http://www.fim-live.com/en/media/news/news-detail/article/1368528016-marquez-and-pedrosa-move-on-to-france-at-head-of-motogp-standings/ ]fim-live.com[/url]: Marquez and Pedrosa move on to France at head of MotoGP standings

    fim-live.com: Yamaha head to France for Le Mans

    bbc.co.uk: Hints of Crutchlow exit

    Formula One

    formula1.com: Pirelli to supply revised tyres from Canada onward

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    fim-live.com: Crucial Grand Prix [EWC]

    fim-live.com: Marc VDS to field four riders at Le Mans this weekend



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    ultimatemotorcycling.com: Zero Motorcycles wins 3rd European Motorbike of the Year Award

    superbikeplanet.com: New 2014 Models From Honda Announced*

    webbikeworld.ccom: 2013 Summer glove review series preview

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    Notable guest at the 2013 Formula BMW Talent Cup: BMW DTM driver Andy Priaulx (UK) paid a visit to the simulator training in the iZone Driver Performance Centre in Silverstone (UK) last weekend, and passed on some of his extensive knowledge to this year?s talented youngsters, who BMW is sustainably preparing for a successful career in professional motor racing. The three-time World Touring Car Champion and 2004 European Touring Car Champion was on hand throughout the t ....More

    At the Concorso d?Eleganza Villa d?Este 2013, two tradition-steeped car manufacturers ? the BMW Group and Pininfarina ? will be straddling the automotive past and future as they unveil the result of their debut cooperation to the global public on 24 May: the BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coup?. ...More

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    With four rounds completed the WSBK season is a little over a quarter of the way through the season calendar. The teams head into the meat of the season with the Donington round the last weekend in May. This seems like a good time to check themes and the standings.

    APRILIA 172 pts. +64 pts over 2012, 11 Podiums

    The speculation of 2013 being a rebuilding season or the first in a dynastic string favors the latter. Of the maximum possible of 200 Aprilia has scored 172 points. They have occupied 11 of a possible 24 podium slots (sweeping the opening podium *at PI). As a result they are an impressive 64 points ahead of where they were in the 2012 championship season for them. The factory team riders occupy P1 and 2 in the rider standings, though not in the order I might have expected.

    Aprilia fans may be quietly calculating the magic number for clinching the Manufacturer?s Championship but it is far too early for that. Yes it is possible that they could be putting together a juggernaut season along the lines of Checa/Ducati in 2011. What is more likely is they will be confronted with problems they need to overcome.

    To date their riders have not suffered serious injuries. Racing at this level is becoming more and more dangerous. If, when, how and how fast riders can recover from an accident could play a role in derail a title run. (BMW learned that in 2012). I do not wish problems for any of the riders. I would rather defeat a healthy opponent than a wounded one. If they do have problems how the riders and team deal with them will be critical.

    The Aprilia machine is the front runner on race day; so far. Monza suggest they don?t hold that by much. The heat is on.

    BMW 144 pts. +48, 6 podiums

    Judgement was the theme for the season preview. Die hard Roundel fans may think the questions have been answered. School is still out on that question for me. Let?s set that aside for now. BMW Italia has suffered many setbacks in Q1, dealt with them and hold P2 in the Manufacturer?s hunt and their riders in P4 and 5 in the rider standings.

    The *S1000RR v2.13 continues to improve from the very strong v2.12. No it is not the Superpole wonder of Team Green. That is Saturday business. On Sunday it is going toe to toe with everyone.

    Riders are coming off some problems. Checa?s racing crash that took out Melandri in P.I. Race 1 echoed over the next races. Melandri appeared to fade over a race weekend until Monza where he paced himself into a P1 and P2 for the weekend effort. Davies picked up the slack for an ailing Melandri with a P2 in the Rider hunt after Aragon. As the Monza weekend started I dubbed him the teams designated whiner. A bit harsh sounding but that is the role of a team number 2. He spent the Monza weekend dueling in from the lead of the second pack of riders on the track. He was slowly reeling in Sykes just before his crash in Race 2. Catching and passing are two different things.

    Dipping into the stick and ball cliche bag; championship seasons are built a game at a time over the length of the calendar. BMW has 48 points in hand over 2012. If they had them after Magny Cours last season they would be defending champs this season. Could they be in a better spot now: yes. However, their standing right now is pretty good and one that definitely a solid base to build on.

    Kawasaki 130 pts. +32.5 pts., 6 podiums

    KRT is on the cusp of putting it all together. Sykes continues to rack up Superpoles. He and the bike are fast and now they are figuring race tyre management out. Sykes is P3 in the Rider?s hunt. While Sykes is a serious contender for the Rider?s title is KRT a contender for the Manufacturer?s title? The answer to that is in the hands of Loris Baz, KRT?s designated whiner...number 2.

    The Rider Championship is great but I am rooting for a Manufacturer?s title. The combination of Sykes and Baz are a pesky duo for the BMW riders to deal with, but not as pesky as the non factory Aprilia riders. Baz is improving. Melandri/Davies is a better team than Sykes/Baz in the Manufacture hunt for my money.

    Honda 78 pts +4, 1 Podium

    PATA Honda is struggling. The CBR is not what it once was. While others are finding ways to improve one has a sense that Honda is struggling just to hang on in 2013 WSBK season.

    Suzuki 68 pts. +47.5, 0 Podiums

    If Honda is just hanging on, Suzuki is coming back. On the street Suzuki may make news for sales decreases, dealer closings etc as they roll out their new corporate direction that emphasises their motorcycle roots. On the WSBK track they are becoming the journeyman team people should not ignore. P6 in the 2012 Standings looking for a P4 finish in 2013 is what I expect.

    Ducati -88.5, 0 Podiums

    Fortunately I have run out of time to write. Fortunate not because I have so much to say about DucAudi?s situation; rather, I don?t have the time needed to figure out what that is and what to say. Ducati won something on the order of 60% of the WSBK races ever held. DucAudi is obviously a duc of a different feather.

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    Nearly every Rolls-Royce Phantom and almost three in four Rolls-Royce Ghosts sold around the world are commissioned with Bespoke personalisation. And customer demand for the world?s pinnacle automotive tailoring service has helped drive the marque towards three consecutive record sales years. ...More

    On 1 January 2013, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars celebrated 10 years of production at the Home of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, England. To mark this latest chapter in the marque?s 109-year history, a special collection of Ghost and Phantom family models, conceived and designed by the Rolls-Royce Bespoke team, will be released in 2013. ...More





















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    Woodcliff Lake, NJ May 16, 2013? Sumptuous flair and alluring athleticism come together in the BMW 6 Series models to invest these premium luxury-class vehicles with hallmark driving fun. The new M Sport Edition offers a particularly exclusive opportunity to highlight the dynamic attributes of the BMW 6 Series Coupe, BMW 6 Series Convertible and BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe. With their harmoniously coordinated design details and ultra-high-quality range of features, the BMW 6 Series models in M Sport Edition guise deliver a driving experience that satisfies the most discerning requirements. ...More

    BMW Group Classic is about to enter the 2013 Mille Miglia suffused with memories of a glorious premiere. It was 75 years ago that the BMW 328 sports car first lined up among the starters for this legendary long-distance event. Now BMW Group Classic is dispatching nine such models to compete in the latest edition of this historic round trip. The squad of BMW 328 models will delight classic car enthusiasts, while once again paying tribute to the tradition-steeped association between BMW and the Mille Miglia. Back in 1938, the teams competing in the BMW 328 secured a majestic sweep of the top places in the 2.0-litre category. Two years on, overall victory would follow courtesy of the BMW 328 Mille Miglia Touring Coup?. ...More

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    The BMW drivers do not usually have time for a sight-seeing tour on a DTM weekend. However, it was a different story ahead of the second race of the season at Brands Hatch (GB): the eight drivers climbed on board a typical British double-decker bus and set off on a one-hour trip through the county of Kent and the area around the ?Brands Hatch Circuit?. They were accompanied on their journey by journalists and TV crews, who used the unusual location for interviews. ...More

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    [Woodcliff Lake, NJ ? May 17, 2013? Andy Warhol?s 1979 BMW M1 Art Car will be the center piece of the exhibition ?BMW ? The Ultimate Driving Machine?, which opens this weekend at the Saratoga Automobile Museum. The exhibition will also feature the BMW 3.0 CSL which won the Daytona 24 Hour race in 1976. The exhibition, which features a retrospective of BMW cars and motorcycles, will run until November 3, 2013. The array of BMW automobiles will include road cars and race cars, both from the modern era, as well as pre-war. The exhibition will also celebrate 90 Years of BMW Motorcycles. ...More

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