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    Friday, 8 July : UPDATE - WSBK - Brno / Formula 1 - Silverstone

    SBK

    worldsbk.com: Checa sets the pace in Brno [Friday] qualifying

    uk.eurosport.com: Toseland out after Friday practice

    BMW Motorrad Motorsport - WSBK - Brno - Qualifying Practice 1
    08.07.2011
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    Brno ÔÇô Free Practice & Qualifying Practice 1.
    Friday, 08 July 2011.
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    Weather conditions: Overcast with some sun in the afternoon.
    Temperature: Air: 24 ÔÇô 25 ??C, Track: 36 ÔÇô 38 ??C
    Number of riders participating: 21/22 from 14 teams
    Fastest lap Free Practice: Jakub Smrz (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing) 2:00.200 min
    Fastest lap Qualifying Practice 1: Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) 1:59.322 min
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    Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport qualified provisionally on the second row for the eighth round of the FIM Superbike World Championship at Brno (CZE). Factory rider Leon Haslam (GBR) finished the first Qualifying Practice seventh after being in the top four for a long time. The team used the day to work on race preparation for Sunday. The two riders from the BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team, Ayrton Badovini (ITA) and Lorenzo Lanzi (ITA), finished in tenth and 14th respectively.
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    Factory rider Troy Corser (AUS) is not able to compete due to the fractures he suffered at the last round at Arag??n (ESP), but is spending the weekend with the team at Brno. He is looking forward to racing again in the next round at Silverstone (GBR).
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    Leon Haslam:
    Fastest lap Free Practice: 2:01.200 min (P8)/Fastest lap Qualifying Practice 1: 2:00.164 min (P7)
    ÔÇ£Brno is one of the tracks I really enjoy riding at. The day was pretty good, and the weather was okay. We worked through quite a lot of chassis stuff. We are still struggling a little bit with the engine pushing in some corners, but we are working hard on solving that. At the moment we are seventh, so we have to improve a little bit, but it was a pretty good first day.ÔÇØ
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    Rainer B?ñumel (Head of Race Operations):
    ÔÇ£The work is a bit difficult when you have only one rider, because you are able to collect only half the data. Today we concentrated on finding a good set-up for this circuit. In Brno this is quite tricky on a Friday, as the track has not a lot of grip yet, and this is quite extreme here. The grip just improves over the course of the weekend, so you always have to adjust the bike a little bit, but we are pretty happy. We are in seventh, and between P4 and P8 it is quite close. They are only separated by two tenths of a second. Now we will continue to work hard.ÔÇØ



    BMW Motorrad Italia Superbike Team - Brno - Practice Day 1
    08.07.2011

    Two riders in provisional Superpole for the *BMW Motorrad Italy Superbike Team . Ayrton Badovini lies in the top ten, while James Toseland had to give in to his injury and Lorenzo Lanzi runs for the weekend. Barrier is second in Superstock, Zanetti fell after setting the sixth fastest time.

    The BMW Motorrad Italia Superbike team made a positive debut on the track at Brno with Ayrton Badovini concluding the first day of qualifying in tenth position. The Italian rider worked on race pace but still managed to set times well up in the classification.

    James Toseland*only took part in the first practice session this morning, covering 15 laps and finishing in eighteenth place. After discussions with the team James decided to postpone his return until the race at Silverstone (Great Britain) scheduled for July 31.

    Springing into action for qualifying,* Lorenzo Lanzi *was able to quickly get settled on the bike, setting a time that puts him in fourteenth place, allowing him into Superpole on today's results.

    In Superstock,* Sylvain Barrier*set the second fastest time, just over four tenths off the provisional pole position, and tomorrow will have another attack at taking first place on the grid.* Lorenzo Zanetti, however, while he was showing that he can lap with the front runners fell, finishing the session in sixth. Lorenzo sustained no serious injury - he is just badly bruised.

    Serafino Foti,*sporting director of BMW Motorrad Superbike Team Italy said: "We have worked with Ayrton Badovini on the race set-up and we have not used a lot of tyres, trying to focus on the distance. Today we achieved our main goal of being on Superpole pace and tomorrow we should be able to improve again to be in the top ten.It wasn't all good though after James tried to ride this morning and unfortunately found that he wasn'tphysically fit enough yet. Together we decided to postpone his return to Silverstone.In the afternoon we put Lorenzo Lanzi on the bike, who came to Brno as a reserve. We are very pleased with his performance. Although he did not practice this morning he managed to set the 14th fastest time and there is still scope for improvement.As for the Superstock team, Sylvain was able to take the second fastest lap behind the Ducati and we have confidence for tomorrow's practice. Unfortunately Zanetti was the victim of a nasty fall at turn 11. Although he has not reported anything serious, it can take time for the effects to be felt. We'll see he reacts through the night and we all hope that tomorrow he is fit and can improve his time. "

    SUPERBIKE:
    Qualifying: 1?? C. Checa (DucatI) 1'59"322 - 2?? J. Smrz (Ducati) a 0.263 - 3?? M. Melandri (Yamaha) a 0.331... 10??* A. Badovini (BMW)*a 1.026... 14??* L. Lanzi(BMW)*a 1.258
    SUPERSTOCK:
    Qualifying: 1?? D. Petrucci (Ducati) 2'03.625 - 2??* S. Barrier (BMW)*a 0.454 - 3?? M. Reiterberger (BMW) a 0.461... 6??* L. Zanetti (BMW) *a 1.077

    No. Rider Nat Team Bike Time Gap Rel. Laps Avg Speed Max
    1 7 C. CHECA ESP Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 1'59.322 20 163,011

    2 96 J. SMRZ CZE Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing Ducati 1098R 1'59.585 0.263 0.263 16 162,653

    3 33 M. MELANDRI ITA Yamaha World Superbike Team Yamaha YZF R1 1'59.653 0.331 0.068 20 162,560

    4 58 E. LAVERTY IRL Yamaha World Superbike Team Yamaha YZF R1 1'59.906 0.584 0.253 18 162,217

    5 1 M. BIAGGI ITA Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'59.940 0.618 0.034 21 162,171

    6 66 T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Superbike Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'00.154 0.832 0.214 15 161,882

    7 91 L. HASLAM GBR BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 2'00.164 0.842 0.010 19 161,869

    8 84 M. FABRIZIO ITA Team Suzuki Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'00.196 0.874 0.032 22 161,826

    9 50 S. GUINTOLI FRA Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing Ducati 1098R 2'00.310 0.988 0.114 20 161,672

    10 86 A. BADOVINI ITA BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team BMW S1000 RR 2'00.348 1.026 0.038 22 161,621

    11 2 L. CAMIER GBR Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'00.440 1.118 0.092 17 161,498

    12 121 M. BERGER FRA Supersonic Racing Team Ducati 1098R 2'00.463 1.141 0.023 18
    161,467

    13 41 N. HAGA JPN PATA Racing Team Aprilia Aprilia RSV4 Factory 2'00.494 1.172 0.031 18 161,425

    14 57 L. LANZI ITA BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team BMW S1000 RR 2'00.580 1.258 0.086 18 161,310

    15 8 M. AITCHISON AUS Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'00.604 1.282 0.024 17 161,278

    16 111 R. XAUS ESP Castrol Honda Honda CBR1000RR 2'00.681 1.359 0.077 16 161,175

    17 44 R. ROLFO ITA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'00.793 1.471 0.112 20 161,026

    18 15 M. BAIOCCO ITA Barni Racing Team Ducati 1098R 2'00.970 1.648 0.177 19 160,790

    19 17 J. LASCORZ ESP Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'00.980 1.658 0.010 18 160,777

    20 77 C. VERMEULEN AUS Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'01.503 2.181 0.523 17 160,085

    21 22 A. LOWES GBR Castrol Honda Honda CBR1000RR 2'02.430 3.108 0.927 16 158,873

    22 13 V. KISPATAKI HUN Prop-tech ltd. Honda CBR1000RR 2'02.831 3.509 0.401 17 158,354


    Formula 1

    fia.com: Friday Press Conference
    TEAM PERSONNEL - John BOOTH (Virgin), Tony FERNANDES (Team Lotus), Christian HORNER (Red Bull), Martin Whitmarsh (McLaren), Frank WILLIAMS (Williams)


    formula1.com: Friday anaalysi ÔÇô uncertianty surrounds Silverstone form

    formula1.com: Selected team and driver quotes

    bbc.co.uk: Mclaren and Red Bull team bosses row over exhaust rule

    bbc.co.uk: Friday practice as it happened
    Pass the mustard and UP THE REVOLUTION!

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    fim-live.com: Checa fastest in Brno [Friday]

    worldsbk.com: Biaggi moves up but Checa stays on top [Satuday – Q2]

    speedweek.de: Haslam – “We have to improve”

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    Satruday, 9 July : UPDATE ÔÇô WSBK Superpole Brno ÔÇô Formula 1 Qualifying British GP - Toronto qualifying video

    A dismal day for BMW Mottorad Motorsport. Haslam was P5 in the early minutes of the first Superpole session then droped to P13 and did not advance. BMW Motorrad Italia's advanced safely into Superpole 2. At the 3 minute mark he headed to the pits after his last hot laps and looked ready to advance to Superpole 3 with a solid time. In the closing minutes he was piped for P8 and will start on row three in P9.

    Badovini is in position to finish either race much better than he will start. Unfortunately for Haslam Team Enigma bikes showed up when the transport trailers were unloaded in the BMW Motorrad Motorspot Team paddock area.

    SBK

    worldsbk.com: Super Max takes Tissot ÔÇô Superpole at Brno

    fim-live.com: Biaggi aces Superpole

    suzuki-racing.com: Fabrizio grabs best season Superpole [P6]

    bondaproracing.com: Castrol Honda riders miss out on the Superpole
    The only group with a worse day were the Honda fans. No Honda made it to the Superpole round of qualifying



    BMW Motorrad Motorsport - WSBK - Brno ÔÇô Superpole
    09.07.2011
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    Brno ÔÇô Qualifying Practice 2 & Superpole.
    Saturday, 09 July 2011.
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    Weather conditions: Sunny.
    Temperature: Air: 26 ÔÇô 31 ??C, Track: 43 ÔÇô 51 ??C
    Number of riders participating: 22 from 14 teams
    Fastest lap Qualifying Practices: Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) 1:59.322 min
    Fastest lap Superpole 3: Max Biaggi (Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team) 1:58.580 min
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    Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport experienced a disappointing Saturday. Factory rider Leon Haslam (GBR) will start the eighth round of the 2011 FIM Superbike World Championship in Brno (CZE) from the fourth row. Leon finished the Superpole qualifying in 13th, missing the second Superpole session only by 0,047 seconds . His team mate Troy Corser (AUS) is with the team at Brno but is not racing in order to give his fractured left forearm time to heal.
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    Ayrton Badovini (ITA) from the BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team will start with his BMW S 1000 RR from ninth. His team mate Lorenzo Lanzi (ITA) qualified 15th.
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    Leon Haslam:
    Fastest lap Qualifying Practices: 2:00.164 min (P9) / Fastest lap FP: 2:00.949 min (P10) / Fastest lap Superpole 1: 2:00.252 min (P13)
    ÔÇ£As soon as we have rear grip on the bike we come across a lot of issues. The bike gets better the older the tyre gets, but with a new grippy tyre the issues start. The engine still accelerates into the corners, which on this circuit is quite difficult. The rear grip with the bike was really good with the qualifying tyre. I made a mistake on that lap with the engine push. So less than a tenth again and we are out. Our race pace is quite good, and this circuit is a bit wider and flowing, so we just need another good start and then we will try to get the best result we can.ÔÇØ
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    Rainer B?ñumel (Head of Race Operations):
    ÔÇ£It was a disappointing day. This is our worst Superpole result for Brno, as we always started here from the first or second row. Leon reported some issues with the qualifying tyre. This tyre had more grip and we struggled getting into the corners. In the races we will now try to make the best out of our grid position.ÔÇØ

    BMW Motorrad Italia Superbike Team - Brno - Superpole
    09.07.2011

    In the eighth round of the World Superbike Championship, BMW Motorrad Italia Superbike Team reached the third row with Ayrton Badovini, in ninth, and the fourth row with Lorenzo Lanzi in 15th. In the Superstock FIM Cup, Barrier is on the front row in third with Zanetti in seventh on row two.

    Ayrton Badovinimissed the Superpole final by just one tenth of a second. He finished in ninth which gives him a third row start. The team and rider are feeling strong and positive after two successful days of testing at the Brno track.
    Ayrton said: "I am very pleased with the progress and my bike following the two days on track. The weekend did not start well, but we were calm and, thanks to great team work, we got back to where we need to be. The engineers found a set-up on the second bike in practice that gives a good pace and we have chosen to use that for the race tomorrow. I was hoping to get into Superpole 3 but I didnÔÇÖt get the best from the rubber in Superpole two. I am pleased with the times set on race tyres. In warm up tomorrow morning we need to check and confirm the choices weÔÇÖve made for the race. "

    Lorenzo Lanziwas happy that after three races on the S 1000 RR he has been able to get into Superpole, setting the fifteenth fastest time that means he starts from the fourth row.

    Lorenzo Lanzi said: "TodayÔÇÖs work was generally positive and I have a good feel for the bike. I set the Superpole time on Friday, because the track was too hot today to lap faster. For tomorrow we can keep a good race pace and personally I would like to improve my previous result on the BMW S1000RR. It would have been useful to practice on Friday morning but regardless I continue to learn and get a better feel for the bike. 

In Superstock, Sylvain Barrier will start from the front row, thanks to setting the third fastest time. Lorenzo Zanetti, however, was in severe pain from the after-effects of his crash in practice yesterday and couldnÔÇÖt better seventh place which puts him on the second row.

    Serafino Foti, sporting director of BMW Motorrad Italia Superbike Team, said: "Today has been quite positive as both Superbike riders won Superpole slots. With Ayrton, we missed the SP3 because of a small error, however, this is a lesson learnt for the next races. We are optimistic for the race as Ayrton had a good pace in practice. 
Lorenzo Lanzi has had a very good weekend despite a late start but he has done everything possible to claim his credible 14th position. 
Unfortunately in Superstock, Lorenzo Zanetti suffered an accident yesterday, and was in poor shape so it has been very good to see him in action today! He now has another night to recover. We know that this will be a tough race for him and he will have to grit his teeth to the end. Sylvian, however, qualified well and has a good pace for the race tomorrow. It is crucial for both riders to get a good start."

    SUPERBIKE:
    Superpole: 1?? M. Biaggi (Aprilia) 1'58.580 - 2?? M. Melandri (Yamaha) + 0.221 - 3?? C. Checa (Ducati) + 0.328... 9?? A. Badovini (BMW) ...15?? L. Lanzi (BMW).
    SUPERSTOCK:
    Qualifyng: 1?? D. Petrucci (Ducati) 2'03.617 - 2?? D. Giugliano (Ducati) + 0.238 - 3?? S. Barrier (BMW) + 0.389 - ... 7?? L. Zanetti (BMW) + 0.863. * * * * * * * **


    Formula 1

    The European GP podium finishers trade places but Red Bull controls the front row. Several post qualifying interview headlines emphasized not Webber's intention to win tomorrow's British GP but his desire to lead a lap now that he has won a pole. Weather may play a part in the race. Sebastian Vettel is the young rain meister of F1. The race to turn one and who exits turn three in the lead may well tell the tale of this GP.

    FIA ÔÇô British GP Qualifying
    DRIVERS
    1 - Mark WEBBER (Red Bull)
    2 - Sebastian VETTEL (Red Bull)
    3 ÔÇô Fernando ALONSO (Ferrari)

    Press Conference

    Classification
    Lap Times
    Maximum Speeds
    Sector Times
    Speed Trap

    formula1.com: Qualifying analysis ÔÇô Ferrari run Red Bulls

    bbc.co.uk: The BBC's qualifying lap by lap call.

    fia.com: Technical information press release

    Los MiniDrivers Beggining,Problemas,KERS


    Other Racing

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    Sunday, 10 July : UPDATE - Brno World Superbike, British GP

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    RACE 1

    Max Biaggi lead the pack for beginning of race 1 followed by Laverty Melandri and Checa. He would hold the lead until lap 9. Melandri moved past Laverty by lap 2 and Checa would do the same by lap four. On lap 9 Biaggi yeilded the lead until lap 19 when he briefly took it back but could not hold it.

    Leon Haslam started the race in P13 and had moved to P8 by the end of the first lap. He would that position until lap 8 when he was passed by Camier for position. On lap 9 Lascorz and fell to P11. He remained their until he passed Lascorz on lap 18 and then Sykes (who had dropped from P5) on lap 19. He would finish ahead of the Kawasaki rider but did not have enough time to reel in Camier and his Aprilia.

    Ayrton Badovini had a poor start to the race. He lined up in P9 but fell to P13 by the end of the first lap. He did start his recover quickly. Lap 2 ÔÇô P11, Lap 4 ÔÇô P10, Lap 6 ÔÇô P9, Lap 8 ÔÇô P8, Lap 11 P7 and finally taking his finishing position of P6 on lap 15.

    Lanzi had a similarly poor start. He lined up in P15 but fell to P20 at the end of Lap 1. He wold finish the race in P17.

    Brno, 8-9-10 July 2011
    Laps 20 = 108,060 Km - Time Of Race 40'23.699 - Avg. 160,505 km/h 1 / 2
    Pos
    R1 R2 Tot Pos
    Qualifying
    Grid No. Rider Nat Team Bike LL Gap Fastest Lap Speed Speed
    Ranking
    Race Time

    1 2 33 M. MELANDRI ITA Yamaha World Superbike Team Yamaha YZF R1 20 2'00.118 288,8 1'58.801 295,9 25 220 3

    2 1 1 M. BIAGGI ITA Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory 20 0.241 2'00.182 291,9 1'58.580 292,7 20 238 2

    3 3 7 C. CHECA ESP Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 20 0.436 2'00.374 283,5 1'58.908 287,2 16 277 1

    4 6 84 M. FABRIZIO ITA Team Suzuki Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 20 8.448 2'00.441 284,2 1'59.908 287,2 13 121 7

    5 4 58 E. LAVERTY IRL Yamaha World Superbike Team Yamaha YZF R1 20 11.863 2'00.851 284,2 1'59.055 286,5 11 157 4

    6 9 86 A. BADOVINI ITA BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team BMW S1000 RR 20 16.374 2'00.890 285,7 1'59.684 295,1 10 96 8

    7 7 2 L. CAMIER GBR Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory 20 20.075 2'00.996 290,3 1'59.925 289,5 9 134 5

    8 13 91 L. HASLAM GBR BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 20 21.399 2'01.064 288,8 2'00.252 291,1 8 128 6

    9 19 17 J. LASCORZ ESP Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 20 21.555 2'01.118 288,0 2'00.980 285,0 7 80 14

    10 8 66 T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Superbike Kawasaki ZX-10R 20 22.330 2'01.001 287,2 2'00.303 290,3 6 82 13

    11 5 96 J. SMRZ CZE Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing Ducati 1098R 20 22.494 2'00.935 282,7 1'59.541 285,0 5 88 11

    12 14 41 N. HAGA JPN PATA Racing Team Aprilia Aprilia RSV4 Factory 20 24.710 2'01.517 288,0 2'00.374 290,3 4 93 10

    13 12 121 M. BERGER FRA Supersonic Racing Team Ducati 1098R 20 27.958 2'01.493 278,4 2'01.011 285,0 3 24 18

    14 18 44 R. ROLFO ITA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 20 31.724 2'01.488 282,0 2'00.710 281,3 2 26 17

    15 21 22 A. LOWES GBR Castrol Honda Honda CBR1000RR 20 31.998 2'01.185 288,8 2'01.724 288,0 1 1 27

    16 11 8 M. AITCHISON AUS Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 20 34.771 2'01.901 280,5 2'00.362 281,3 14 20

    17 15 57 L. LANZI ITA BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team BMW S1000 RR 20 36.582 2'01.574 279,1 2'00.619 286,5 7 22

    18 20 77 C. VERMEULEN AUS Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 20 45.690 2'02.071 282,7 2'01.447 285,7 14 19

    19 22 13 V. KISPATAKI HUN Prop-tech ltd. Honda CBR1000RR 20 1'28.907 2'04.722 272,7 2'02.721 278,4

    20 10 50 S. GUINTOLI FRA Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing Ducati 1098R 19 1 Lap 2'00.971 286,5 1'59.800 288,8 82 12

    --------------------------------------------------Not Classified--------------------------------------------------
    RET 16 15 M. BAIOCCO ITA Barni Racing Team Ducati 1098R 12 8 Laps 2'01.329 277,6 2'00.864 280,5 4 23
    RET 17 111 R. XAUS ESP Castrol Honda Honda CBR1000RR 0 2'00.681 285,7 44 16


    Race 2

    Race 2 looked very similar to Race 1. Biaggi took the lead with Milandri Checa and Laverty in tow but this time Fabrizio was tagging along. He pushed his Suzuki past Laverty's Yamaha for P4 on Lap 2 holding the position to the end.

    Milandri looked to repeat the Race 1 script taking the lead from Biaggi on Lap 9 but this time Biaggi would take the lead back on Lap 13 and hold it to the end but not without having to fight to defend it.

    Leon Haslam had another good start from P13 crossing the line in P9 after lap 1. Again his the race came to him and he worked his way up to finish in P7 dueling with Lascorz and his Kawasaki to the end.

    Aryton Badovini had a better start to Race 2 but still dropped a position from P9 to P10 after the first lap. He picked up two spots on the next lap and kept pushing until he took P6 on lap 4. He lead the second pack of racers home in that position.


    Brno, 8-9-10 July 2011
    Laps 20 = 108,060 Km - Time Of Race 40'21.646 - Avg. 160,641 km/h 1 / 2
    Pos
    R1 R2 Tot Pos
    Qualifying
    Grid No. Rider Nat Team Bike LL Gap Fastest Lap Speed Speed
    Ranking
    Race Time
    1 1 1 M. BIAGGI ITA Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory 20 2'00.097 290,3 1'58.580 292,7 20 25 263 2

    2 2 33 M. MELANDRI ITA Yamaha World Superbike Team Yamaha YZF R1 20 0.222 2'00.058 292,7 1'58.801 295,9 25 20 240 3

    3 3 7 C. CHECA ESP Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 20 3.558 2'00.328 283,5 1'58.908 287,2 16 16 293 1

    4 6 84 M. FABRIZIO ITA Team Suzuki Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 20 7.863 2'00.161 284,2 1'59.908 287,2 13 13 134 7

    5 4 58 E. LAVERTY IRL Yamaha World Superbike Team Yamaha YZF R1 20 8.534 2'00.532 287,2 1'59.055 286,5 11 11 168 4

    6 9 86 A. BADOVINI ITA BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team BMW S1000 RR 20 18.085 2'00.674 287,2 1'59.684 295,1 10 10 106 8

    7 13 91 L. HASLAM GBR BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 20 21.650 2'00.941 289,5 2'00.252 291,1 8 9 137 5


    8 19 17 J. LASCORZ ESP Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 20 21.862 2'01.069 288,8 2'00.980 285,0 7 8 88 13

    9 10 50 S. GUINTOLI FRA Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing Ducati 1098R 20 25.306 2'01.200 283,5 1'59.800 288,8 7 89 11

    10 14 41 N. HAGA JPN PATA Racing Team Aprilia Aprilia RSV4 Factory 20 27.366 2'01.264 288,8 2'00.374 290,3 4 6 99 9

    11 18 44 R. ROLFO ITA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 20 33.716 2'01.936 281,3 2'00.710 281,3 2 5 31 17

    12 11 8 M. AITCHISON AUS Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 20 36.549 2'01.432 280,5 2'00.362 281,3 4 18 19

    13 15 57 L. LANZI ITA BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team BMW S1000 RR 20 37.468 2'01.641 284,2 2'00.619 286,5 3 10 21

    14 8 66 T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Superbike Kawasaki ZX-10R 20 46.878 2'01.069 288,0 2'00.303 290,3 6 2 84 14

    15 22 13 V. KISPATAKI HUN Prop-tech ltd. Honda CBR1000RR 20 1'38.074 2'04.398 272,0 2'02.721 278,4 1 1 27

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    RET 12 121 M. BERGER FRA Supersonic Racing Team Ducati 1098R 15 5 Laps 2'02.226 278,4 2'01.011 285,0 3 24 18
    RET 7 2 L. CAMIER GBR Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory 14 6 Laps 2'01.394 288,8 1'59.925 289,5 9 134 6
    RET 5 96 J. SMRZ CZE Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing Ducati 1098R 12 8 Laps 2'01.605 283,5 1'59.541 285,0 5 88 12
    RET 16 15 M. BAIOCCO ITA Barni Racing Team Ducati 1098R 9 11 Laps 2'02.248 276,9 2'00.864 280,5 4 23
    RET 21 22 A. LOWES GBR Castrol Honda Honda CBR1000RR 5 15 Laps 2'02.265 285,0 2'01.724 288,0 1 1 28
    NS 20 77 C. VERMEULEN AUS Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'01.447 285,7 14 20

    Championship Standings

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    BMW remains in P4 of the Manufacture Standings. It added a couple points to its lead over Suzuki but Kawasaki is clearly making a strong push to start the second half of the season.

    Haslam continues to hold P5 over Camier and Fabrizio but by a slim margin. Badovini is moving up and is in P9.



    Formula 1

    A damp track at the start of the British GP saw the cars off on intermdiate wet tires.

    Webber lead the formation lap back to the starting grid and the red lights. When they went out his teammate Vettel won the race to turn 1 and began pulling slowly away. Webber was followed by Alonso and Massa.

    Hamilton had a good start and moved up to P6 then by lap 3 passed Button for P5. Schumacher was the other strong starter moving up to P9 and pressing Kobayashi for P8.

    The first bit of race strategy was the switch to dry tires. When to do it? Lap 4 and 5 Mercedes chattered with Schumacher wanting him to prepare to come in but he felt the track still to damp to do that.

    Meanwhile Kovalinen pits with gearbox problems and is pushed into the garage. He retires from the race after only 4 laps.

    By lap 7 Vettel had opened up a 5.8 second lead over Webber. Alonso, Massa and Hamilton were in contact behind him. Button was six seconds adrift of Hamilton and holding up a pack of cars behind him.

    Lap 9 Vettel went purple once again. While he was opening up his lead to 8.5 seconds over Webber, Alonso was pressuring him from behind. Their gap down to 0.7 seconds and the Ferrari probing to find a place to pass.

    Lap 10 Vettel went purple with a new fast lap which was quickly supplanted by one from Webber. The first round of pit stops would not be far behind.

    Schumacher and Kobyashi make contact. The Sauber spins and the Mercedes will need a nose job ÔÇô paging the race Stewards.

    Heidfeld is in the pits and the pit wall action is on.

    Schumacher, having pushed Kobyashi out of the way went purple on lap 11 and then again on lap 13.

    Webber is the first pit for Red Bull followed by Alonso.

    Hamilton passes Massa for position then runs wide and the Brazilian retakes his spot.

    Lap 14 Trulli's Lotus stopped out on the track.

    With the first round of pit stops out of the way the points positions in order were:
    Vettel, Webber, Alonso, Hamilton, Button, Massa, Di Resta, Sutil, Schumacher and Rosberg.

    Lap 15 Hamilton took P3 from Alonso. Schumacher was given a stop and go penalty for his incident with Kobyashi. He was in P9 when the penalty was awarded. Kobayashi is under review by the stewards for a incident with Maldinado in the pits..

    Lap 17 Schumacher pits to serve his penalty. He is shown in P8 when he goes into the pits and returns in P17. Stewards are giving stop and go penalties rather than drive through penalties due to the pit lane configuration at this track.

    Maldinado and Kobyashi were dueling on track until the stewards hit the Sauber driver with a 10s stop and go for the pit incident. He pitted immediately to take his penalty and rejoin the frey.

    The board keeps going purple as various drivers set new best lap times. This is normally a sign that the next round of pit stops will begin shortly but it is only lap 22.

    Schumacher is fighting his way back. He passed Barrichello for P16 then on lap 24 took P15 from Petrov on a dive into turn 1.

    Alonso took position from Hamilton who quickly dove into the pits for a new set of soft tyres. The second round of pit stops begins on lap 25.

    Kobyashi pulled to the side of the track with smoke coming out of the rear of his car on this lap.

    The leader board is a jumble as everyone pits for new tyres. The Force India pit is a jumble too! Di Resta pits but they were set up for Sutil and the scramble was on.

    Vettel and Alonso pit together. The Red Bull team had problems with a rear wheel and he yields his lead to Alonso as a result. Alonso quickly sets a fast lap to open up a 2 second lead over Hamilton who is followed by Vettel a second behind in P3.

    Buemi retires when his left rear wheel comes off.

    Alonso continues to open a gap on Hamilton. The Brit is defending P2 from Vettel who is pressing hard. Vettel's radio cackles with his handlers urging patients. He must get past Hamilton to stay in contact with Alonso who keeps widening the by going purple. The trick is getting past the McLaren in one piece.

    The top 10 after the second round of pit stops are
    Alonso, Hamilton, Vettel Webber, Button Massa, Perez, Rosberg, Sutil Petrov.

    Lap 34 Schumacher is shown in P12 now and pressuring Heidfeld for P11.

    Vettel continues to pressure Hamilton but he can not get past him. Alonso's gap at this point over the dueling pair is now up to 9.4 seconds.

    Lap 36 Vettel pits after some serious fighting with Hamilton. He takes another set of softs and rejoins in P6. Hamilton follows him into the pits on the next lap; a set of softs and he rejoins behind Vettel. It's one way for Vettel to pass.

    Webber heads into the pits on lap 39. Vettel goes purple but is shown 24.4 seconds behind the leader Alonso as he does it. With that gap Alonso heads to the pits for a new pair of shoes in preparation of defending his lead from the field. He gets away cleanly and returns to the lead.

    Button pitted at the same time as Alonso. He was in and out in 3.9 seconds but his right front wheel was not fitted properly. He pulled over at the end of pit lane and his race is over. Adding insult to injury on lap 43 it was announced he is under investigation by the Stewards for an unsafe pit release.

    Out on the track Alonso is in P1 with Vettel 10.3 seconds behind him. The best way to deal with that is a new fast lap on lap 41 opening up the lead to 12.6 seconds.

    Lap 42 Hamilton is told by his pits he needs to conserve fuel if he is going to make it to the end of the race. He is under pressure from Webber at this point.

    Webber continues to probe Hamilton for a weakness. The gap is down to 0.4 seconds. Hamilton must defend while listening to his handlers reminding him to conserve fuel. On lap 46 Webber zooms him in the DRS zone and takes P3. While this is happening the Ferrari pits are giving Massa an ear full urging him to close in on Hamilton and pressure him because of the low fuel load. Massa was 9.8 seconds behind Hamilton at this point. By lap 50 it was down to 4.3 seconds then 1.7 seconds.

    The top ten are a mix of cars that have made three stops and a couple that have only done two. Perez and Rosberg have been mixing it up on old tyres and both run wide.

    Alonso takes the first victory of the season for Ferrari. Vettel struggles to hold off his team mate and comes home in P2 16.5 seconds behind Alonso.

    The top 10

    1 Alonso
    2 Vettel
    3 Webber
    4 Hamilton
    5 Massa
    6 Rosberg
    7 Perez
    8 Heidfeld
    9 Schumacher
    10Alguersuari

    This is provisional. Hamilton and Massa had contact on turn 16. No news if the Stewards will act.



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    BMW Motorrad Motorssport - WSBK - Brno – Races
    10.07.2011
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    Brno – Races.
    Sunday, 10 July 2011.
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    Weather conditions: Sunny.
    Temperature: Air: 28 – 31 ??C, Track: 44 – 54 ??C
    Number of riders participating: 22/21 from 14 teams
    Fastest lap Race 1: Marco Melandri (Yamaha WSBK Team) 2:00.118 min
    Fastest lap Race 2: Marco Melandri (Yamaha WSBK Team) 2:00.058 min
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    Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport completed the eighth round of the 2011 FIM Superbike World Championship at Brno (CZE) with two solid races. Factory rider, Leon Haslam (GBR), had a good points haul, finishing eighth and seventh respectively. With this Leon improved one position in the riders’ championship. His team mate, Troy Corser (AUS), did not compete this weekend due to his fractured left arm. Nevertheless he was with the team at Brno. Troy will be back in action at the next round in Silverstone (GBR).
    *
    In race one, Leon had a good start from 13th on the grid and improved to eighth during the first lap. At the halfway stage he fell back a few places, but during the final laps he was able fight to his way back up, crossing the line in eighth. At the start of the second race Leon improved to ninth. Then he had some good battles and was able to pass a couple of riders, and was seventh after eight laps. In the closing stages of the race, Leon had an intense battle with Joan Lascorz for this seventh position, with Leon coming out on top.
    *
    Leon is now fifth in the riders’ championship with 137 points, Troy lies in 15th (55 points). In the manufacturers’ standings BMW is fourth with 173 points. Ayrton Badovini (ITA) of the BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team finished both heats in sixth, while his team mate, Lorenzo Lanzi (ITA), was 17th and 13th respectively. The races were won by Marco Melandri and Max Biaggi.
    *
    In the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup race BMW riders where once more successful, with four BMW S 1000 RRs finishing in the top six. Sylvain Barrier (FRA) from the BMW Motorrad Italia Superstock Team celebrated his first victory in the series. His team mate, Lorenzo Zanetti (ITA), also stood on the podium, finishing third. Markus Reiterberger (GER) from the Garnier Alpha Racing Team scored his best ever result in the series. He finished fourth after starting from the front row for the first time. Fabio Massei (ITA) from Team Piellemoto completed the top six.
    *
    Leon Haslam:
    Result Race 1: 8th / Gap to 1st: 00:21.399 min / Fastest Lap Race 1: 2:01.064 min
    Result Race 2: 7th / Gap to 1st: 00:21.650 min / Fastest Lap Race 2: 2:00.941 min
    “In today’s first race I had a good start. With new, grippy tyres I was struggling a little bit with my pace, so some other riders were able to pass me. But when the grip went away I did not go any slower - but they did, so I caught up again. That was a good battle and I passed three guys during the last few laps, which was exciting. In race two I was held up a little bit so Ayrton, who was in sixth, could get away. But then I had a really good battle with Lascorz in the last two laps. They were two pretty hard races for eighth and seventh. Of course this is not where we want to finish, but we kind of understand what the issue is and know what direction to take now. I am pretty happy with the progress we made and I hope we can make up the difference at my next home race at Silverstone.”
    *
    Rainer B?ñumel (Head of Race Operations):
    “We made the best out of our starting position. Actually, the results were even better than we expected from 13th on the grid. Leon had two solid races to improve in the riders’ championship by one position, so this was a satisfying end to this weekend. But, of course, we know that we still have work to do. We have a lot of ideas that, in any case, we will implement for the next race weekend at Silverstone. We want to congratulate Sylvain Barrier on his first victory on the BMW S 1000 RR in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup.”


    BMW Motorrad Italia Superbike Team - Brno – Race
    10.07.2011
    Positive weekend for the BMW Motorrad Italia Superbike Team at Brno (Czech Republic), which has won two sixth places with Ayrton Badovini, reaching eighth place in the Championship standings. Lorenzo Lanzi was thirteenth in race 2 and benefits from two points. Sylvain Barrier won in Superstock, with Lorenzo Zanetti finishing third in the race and taking second place in the FIM Cup.

    Ayrton Badovini in race 1 had to work hard to move up from the 13th place he held at the end of the first lap, moving up to sixth place, thanks to a fantastic series of passes. In race 2, by virtue of a good start, he was fighting with the top riders and by the halfway point had worked his way to sixth position, which he held to the finish.

    Ayrton said: "We managed to finish the weekend with two sixth places and, objectively, I think this is the best that we could realistically achieve. The result is important because it moves us up two positions in the standings. My confidence with the bike is growing and I am increasingly at ease in dealing with the competitors on track at this level, which for me represents a significant development from the beginning of the season. "

    Lorenzo Lanzi, meanwhile, finished race 1 in seventeenth position, while in race 2 took thirteenth, winning two more World Championship points.

    Sylvain Barrier claimed a great win in Superstock, managing to win a duel with Davide Giugliano (Ducati), maintaining his fourth place in the FIM Cup. *Lorenzo Zanetti now lies second in the standings thanks to his third place today which is almost a miracle considering his serious bruising from Friday's fall. The two riders from the BMW Motorrad Italia Superstock team battled for podium positions for almost the entire race with the leader of the FIM Cup, Davide Giugliano, who with the German Raiterberger also riding a BMW S1000RR, alternated the lead. Sylvian, with great determination, took the lead for himself three laps from the end, claiming the top step.

    Sylvain Barriersaid: " I’m happy with the bike, and I am very happy with the team which *worked so hard to prepare for the race. I have to thank them because they allowed me to focus and take this important result: my first win in Superstock in this season. The race was a real battle, but I enjoyed it. After the halfway point I had less grip from the rear tyre but in some ways it was useful to understand how to handle the acceleration and control the loss of traction. I am very happy to take my first win of the season. "

    Lorenzo Zanetti said: "After Friday's fall I was not sure of being able to ride but I managed to start. Halfway through the race I thought I would give in but I held firm to get to the end. I had a good race and this is an important result, mainly from the perspective of the championship. The third place puts me second in the standings but there’s still a long way to go in the Championship."

    Serafino Foti, sporting director of BMW Motorrad Italia Superbike Team, said: "We had a good weekend and won some important points, thanks to Ayrton ‘s double-sixth. We made a step forward and now we are close to the best. From now on, the team, bike and riders will improve, but we look forward with optimism and continue to work hard. I want to congratulate Ayrton who handled the weekend very well.Lorenzo Lanzi managed to win more World Championship points and is constantly improving his race pace. I want to thank him for agreeing to being at Brno as a reserve rider and having been extremely helpful. .As for Superstock, Sylvian, after battling with Giugliano, picked up his first career win with a great performance. Finally Zanetti rode a "heroic" race given his injuries, and was on the podium as well as taking second place in the FIM Cup. "

    Andrea Buzzoni, Director of BMW Motorrad Italia, said: "It was a perfect weekend because we brought home the best result possible in every race. In Superstock, Barrier scored his first victory having fought and won a race with clear determination. Zanetti was stoic under physical adversity but kept battling and won third place, which was important for the Championship. Ayrton was flawless in both race 1 and race 2, and two sixth places is an excellent result. He rides with authority and self assurance. *The pace of the top five was beyond our reach. The eighth place in championship shows the strength of the Superbike team bond and that they are motivated and professional, just as the Superstock team are."

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    Formula 1

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    Busy weekend. Thanks for the VERY comprehensive report today, Mika!

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    Motorcycles: Highest first half-year figures in history
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    In the first half-year of 2011, BMW Motorrad sold 60,580 (prev. yr. 57,015) vehicles - more than ever in a first half-year. This represents a retail growth of 6.3 % from the first half of 2010. In a challenging environment in the market segment greater 500 cm3, BMW Motorrad was still able to reach an excellent sales result in the first half-year and remains consistently on a growth path. The demand for BMW motorcycles is very high across all models. The Boxer model range still registers the highest sales volume by far. With 1,255 units, sales of the K 1600 Super-Tourer with 6-cylinder engine which was introduced in Spring 2011 exceeded expectations. Husqvarna Motorcycles delivered 3,530 Motorcycles year-to-date (prev. yr. 4,659 / -24.2%), including 450 in June.*


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    Munich.*Thanks to strong demand on the international auto markets during the second quarter and for the full year, the BMW Group now expects that business performance and earnings will be significantly better than previously forecast. It is therefore raising its sales volume and earnings forecast for the current financial year.
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    It is now forecast that unit sales in 2011 will increase above 10% compared to the previous year to over 1.6 million BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brand cars. The forecast for the year had previously been for a sales volume of over 1.5 million units. The number of vehicles handed over to customers worldwide during the first half of 2011 increased by 19.7% to 833,366 units. The BMW Group continues to aim to achieve a reasonable balance in sales volume between Europe, Asia and the Americas.
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    In view of the strong performance to date and the good outlook for the coming months, the Automotive segment is now expected to achieve an EBIT margin of over 10% for the full year, compared to the previous forecast of over 8%. The BMW Group continues to target a return on capital employed (RoCE) in excess of 26%.
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    Sales volume and earnings growth in the automotive segment is likely to be dampened during the second half of the year by changes affecting some of the BMW GroupÔÇÖs high-volume models as well as by the market launch and production start-up of successor models.
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    As a result of attractive market conditions and a less acute risk situation, the Financial Services segment continues to aim to achieve a significant improvement in pre-tax profit and a return on equity of over 18% in 2011. The sharp improvement in the risk profile for residual values and credit risks will be reflected in second-quarter earnings with a positive low three-digit million euro amount.
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    Based on the considerably improved outlook, the BMW Group now expects to achieve an even greater improvement in pre-tax earnings than originally predicted.
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    All of these targets are based on the assumption that economic and political conditions remain stable and that the global economy continues to grow.
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    The BMW Group continues to target an EBIT margin of between 8% and 10% and a return on capital employed (RoCE) in excess of 26% for its automotive segment in 2012. The Financial Services segment is striving to achieve a return on equity of at least 18%


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    Munich, 15th July 2011. Just two weeks after the official roll-out of the new racing car for the 2012 DTM season, BMW presented the BMW M3 DTM Concept Car. Dr. Klaus Draeger, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for development, and BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt unveiled the car on Friday evening in the Double Cone building at MunichÔÇÖs BMW Welt. As part of the DTM event in the Olympic Stadium, the BMW M3 DTM Concept Car will be on show to motorsport fans and visitors to BMW Welt at the weekend...more



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