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    Sunday, April 18

    WSBK et al.

    cdnsuperbike.com: BMW Motorrad Superbike squad have successful test at Jennings GP venue

    MotoGP

    moto22.com: Japan GP canceled???
    -related-
    motoblog.it: MotoGP: Motegi GP postponed, impossible to reach Japan by plane
    superbikeplanet.com: Dorna vs the Volvano ÔÇô Japanese GP canceled?
    motomatters.com: Motegi MotoGP round canceled rescheduled for Oct 3
    MotoGP.com - mothing

    Formula 1 and 

    formula1.com: Qualifying analysis ÔÇô can anyone stop Red Bull

    autosport.com: Volcano fallout now worrying F1 teams

    Chinese GP
    Grid
    Classification
    Lap Chart
    Lap Analysis
    Fastest Laps
    Race History Chart
    Maximum Speeds
    [url=http://fia.com/en-GB/mediacentre/f1_media/Documents/chn-race-summary.pdf]Pit Stop Summary
    Sector Times
    Speed Trap

    2010 CHINESE GRAND PRIX
    POST-RACE PRESS CONFERENCE ÔÇô April 18, 2010

    1. Jenson BUTTON (McLaren), 1h46m42.163s
    2. Lewis HAMILTON (McLaren), 1h46m43.693s
    3. Nico ROSBERG (Mercedes), 1h46m51.647s

    Interesting Race!

    formula1.com: Button and McLaren Spring a Shanghai Surprise

    Reuters.com
    Driver/Constructor Standings
    Hamilton, Vettel reprimanded for pit clash
    Rsoberg feels respect, but not number one

    bbc.co.uk: Schumacher

    On the Street



    motorcycle.com: 2010 MV Agusta F4 1000 review

    thekneeslider.com: Honda CBX parts auction
    IIRC a couple of you own a CBX. CBXMan Motorcycles has gone out of business and all assets and parts are being auctioned. Besides all of the usual things you would expect, this auction offers lots of things a CBX owner might be looking for.

    Bike Cruller

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    MOnday, April 19

    MotoGP

    MotoGP makes its announcement -
    motogp.com: Grand Prix of Japan postponed


    IOMTT


    AMA Pro Racing


    Formula 1 and 

    reuters.com: Chinese Grand Prix team by team analysis

    jamesallenonf1.com: Second Button win forces a re-evaluation of his quality.
    I am not ready to re-evaluate my take on last season not most of his previous career. I am impressed with what he is doing in 2010.

    bbc.co.uk: Ferrari play down Alonso overtake on teammate Massa



    Other Racing News

    EWC Rd. 2, Grand Prix of Portugal
    Today, April 18, 2010, 9 hours ago
    Salminen third in Enduro 2 World Championship standings

    BMW Husqvarna MotorsportÔÇÖs number one rider Juha Salminen delivered another pair of solid results in the ÔÇÖ10 Enduro World Championship, finishing third and fourth in the highly competitive Enduro 2 class at the GP of Portugal. Following on from his strong start to the series in Spain, where he also claimed the same third and fourth place results, Juha finished just 22 seconds behind day one winner Mika Ahola but a fall on the opening special test on day two robbed him of another podium result.
    Winning the Friday night Super Test Salminen made the best possible start to the GP of Portugal and began the first full day of competition holding a slender advantage over his E2 class rivals. Although unable to win any of the dayÔÇÖs special tests consistent, mistake free, riding enabled him to keep up the pressure on Ahola and Ivan Cervantes. After 46 minutes of special test racing Juha placed third, claiming his second podium in as many races.
    The dominant rider on the Extreme test throughout the second dayÔÇÖs competition Juha made one costly error during the dayÔÇÖs opening special test. Falling in the slippery conditions, Salminen fought back throughout the day winning each of the three extreme tests. Giving the final lap his all, and setting his fastest time on the motocross tests, Juha came within less than a quarter of a second of repeating his day one third pace result, forced to accept fourth. Despite his frustration at having not claimed a podium result Juha currently sits in third position in the E2 championship standings with six GPs remaining.
    Marko Tarkkala endured a tough event in Portugal as the burly Finn saw falls and a derailed chain on the extreme test effect his result. Placing 15th on day one Marko placed 12th on day two.
    Juha and the BMW Husqvarna Motorsport team will neat be in action in the Enduro World Championship at the GP of Italy, which takes place on May 22/23.

    Juha Salminen ÔÇô Enduro 2 class: ÔÇ£ItÔÇÖs been what I would call a pretty normal world championship race for me. Finishing on the podium on day one was good, I wasnÔÇÖt too far away from the winning rider. It was a tough but enjoyable day and I was 22 seconds behind the winner. I was pleased with my riding on the first day. I didnÔÇÖt make any big mistakes and enjoyed the event. Racing in Portugal is always challenging and with the rain the course and some parts of the special tests were quite difficult. The second day was really slippery in the morning, and I wasnÔÇÖt able to get the times I wanted. I also made a small mistake and fell on one of the tests. It got drier towards the end of the day, but although I pushed my hardest on the third lap I just missed the podium. Finishing third and fourth at both the GP of Spain and the GP of Portugal isnÔÇÖt the best start to the championship because of course I want to be winning or finishing on the podium on both days. But itÔÇÖs not too bad, itÔÇÖs a start we can build on.ÔÇØ

    2010 Enduro World Championship
    Grand Prix of Portugal ÔÇô Day 1

    Enduro 2
    1. Mika Ahola (Honda) 46:19.71; 2. Ivan Cervantes (KTM) 46:32.15; 3. Juha Salminen (BMW Husqvarna Motorsport) 46:42.56; 4. Pierre Alexandre Renet (KTM) 47:10.48; 5. Thomas Oldrati (KTM) 47:14.47; 6. Fabien Planet (Sherco) 47:45.98; 7. Nicolas Paganon (Kawasaki) 47:55.90; 8. Oscar Balletti (Honda) 48:08.20; 9. Joakim Ljunggren (Husaberg) 48:11.19; 10. Valtteri Salonen (Husaberg) 48:38.53 15. Marko Tarkkala (BMW Husqvarna Motorsport) 50.17:17

    2010 Enduro World Championship
    Grand Prix of Portugal ÔÇô Day 2

    Enduro 2
    1. Ivan Cervantes (KTM) 47:40.10; 2. Mika Ahola (Honda) 48:02.52; 3. Thomas Oldrati (KTM) 48:18.15; 4. Juha Salminen (BMW Husqvarna Motorsport) 48:18.30; 5. Joakim Ljunggren (Husaberg) 49:02.25; 6. Pierre Alexandre Renet (KTM) 49:07.57; 7. Oscar Balletti (Honda) 49:45.76; 8. Nicolas Paganon (Kawasaki) 49:47.49; 9. Jeff Goblet (Yamaha) 49:48.82; 10. Fabien Planet (Sherco) 49:50.43 12. Marko Tarkkala (BMW Husqvarna Motorsport) 50:26.91



    cyrilhuzeblog.com: Cris Sommers Simmons ready to race coast to coast on her 1915 Harley-Davidson

    On the Street

    I came across the Rare SportBikes for Sale site in one of the sites I follow. The site is a different sort of aggregator site. They list all sorts of great sports bikes they come across. This offering is very unusual. raresportbikesforsale.com: 1981 Honda CBX with only 3 miles.
    P.S. The buyer will have to supply a new battery.

    Back in 1988 Honda a touring bike, the PC 800 Pacific Coast, with this adv.


    Bike Cruller

    Today some GP action from Portugal not China.











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    Tuesday, April 20

    WSBK et al.

    German racing magazine Speed Week is running a story that Reitwagen Motorsport will not field a team at Assen this coming weekend and is probably done for the 2010 season. Reports after the Valencia round stated the team had spent approximately Ôé¼700,000 through that round and was in desperate straights to find a major sponsor. Even if one is secured at this time team members have been released to seek jobs with other teams. RaceSport a Dutch site reports the team has a very important meeting scheduled for Tuesday (4/19) that hopefully will clarify the future, if any, of the team.

    This will be the second team to fall to sponsorship problems in 2010.

    fim-live.com: The Ducati Xerox team go dutch

    bikeadline.com: Inside Davide Tardozzi

    worldsbk.com: Assen WSB round goes ahead as schedueled

    worldsbk.com: Parkes back in action at Assen

    MotoGP

    motogp.com: New allocation process from Bridgestone for 2010

    The FIM site gives a bit of historical oversight with: Honda in Road Racing Grand Prix

    IOMTT

    Steam Packet announces day trips to the 2010 Isle of Man TT
    Tickets are priced at just ?ú39 for children under-16 and ?ú59 for adults. This price includes ferry travel as a foot passenger, on board meal voucher plus coach transfers to/from a vantage point to view the dayÔÇÖs racing.

    Formula 1 and 

    Here we go again. reuters.com: Ferrari want Rossi in third car for next year

    reuters.com: Wet weather not rule changes spice up the F1 show

    autosport.com: Teams hoping for swift tyre decision

    How F1 teams pay or donÔÇÖt pay their bills makes the news a couple times each season. Telegraph.co.uk reports based on information from Dun & Bradstreet Ferrari has the largest F1 budget and is the slowest to pay.

    Falese polemics or doth Ferrari protest to much?

    Other Racing News

    BMW TV: Joy of Racing






    GP Week: Issue 78

    On the Street

    harley-davidson.com: First Quarter 2010 results.
    - Sales decline 18.2% world wide ÔÇô 24.3% in the US. In line with guidance, the Company shipped 53,674 Harley-Davidson motorcycles to dealers and distributors worldwide during the quarter, compared to shipments of 74,670 motorcycles in the first quarter of 2009.
    - Revenue from Harley-Davidson motorcycles during the first quarter of 2010 of $808.8 million was down 20.0 percent compared to the year-ago period.

    webbikeworld.com: Motorcycle theft statistics and prevention


    The Ducati Monster 796 with top level components and style of the Monster 1100 the user friendliness of the Monster 696 and priced at $9,995; this could be the Goldilocks bike in the Ducati line.



    visordown.com: Top 10 hardest rides of all time

    caradisiac.com: Bering airbag live test soon.


    clutchandchrome.com: Motorcycle manufacturers ride out quarterly results

    motorcycle.in.th: Refine your safe braking skills

    thesun.co.uk: Google Street View shows Top Gear racing driver Stig karting at Legoland

    BWM TV: The Dwelling Lab






    Bike Cruller

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    WSBK et al.

    worldsbk.com: Old master a favourite with riders



    worldsbk.com: Althea aim for repeat performance at Assen

    Yamaha-motor.co.uk: Yamaha head to the iconic Assen TT circuit for round four

    superbikeplanet.com: Interview - Aprilia RSV4 rider Max Biagi

    moto-station: WSBK Assen: without Yoshimura
    Yoshimura was scheduled to race a bike at Assen as part of a 2010 development campaign that would include selected races. The European flight ban grounded equipment in Japan long enough to keep the team out of the Assen round.

    twowheelsblog.com: Squadra Corse Italia to skip Assen round
    Resources injury or both may be keeping the team and its rider Vittorio Iannuzzo out of this round

    IOMTT

    Isle of Mann TT set to go 3D
    CinemaNX, the film financing and production company backed by the Isle of Man Government, has announced principal photography has started on its eighth feature film, TT3D. The film has a 2011 planed release date. I canÔÇÖt wait.

    Formula 1 and 

    reuters.com: Cooper and Michelin considering F1 tyre supply

    Tech Talk
    Red Bull RBK6 ÔÇô front aero update
    Ferrari F10 ÔÇô modified rear wing

    Other Racing News

    racecar-engineering.com: Extreme Pikes Peak challenger unveiled


    On the Street

    ultimatemotorcycling.com: 2010 BMW S1000RR motorcycle review

    HFL: An electric motorcycle buyers guide

    sportrider.com: 2010 Kawasaki Z1000

    bikeholic.com: GMX aluminum folding motorcycle loading ramp

    visordown.com: Thailand to enforce compulsory helmet law

    BMW Cage Recall
    Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
    BMW / X5 M SAV 2010
    Manufacturer: BMW OF NORTH AMERICA, LLC Mfr's Report Date: APR 08, 2010
    NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V152000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A


    Component: EXTERIOR LIGHTING
    Potential Number of Units Affected:
    Summary:
    BMW IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010 X5 M SAV VEHICLES FOR FAILING TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 108, "LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT," THESE VEHICLE'S WERE EQUIPPED WITH SIDE MARKER LAMPS, BUT NOT THE POWER SUPPLY CABLES LEADING TO THE LAMPS. AS A RESULT, THE SIDE MARKER LAMPS DO NOT ILLUMINATE.
    Consequence:
    THESE VEHICLES DO NOT COMPLY WITH REQUIREMENTS OF FMVSS NO. 108.

    Remedy:
    BMW HAS NOT YET PROVIDED A REMEDY OR AN OWNER NOTIFICATION SCHEDULE FOR THIS CAMPAIGN. OWNERS MAY CONTACT BMW AT 800-525-7417.
    Notes:
    OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .

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    Low Tech

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    Thursday, April 22

    WSBK et al.

    BMW Motorrad Motorsport is improving their bike but so are others.
    worlsbk.com: Improved electronics for Yamaha duo at Assen.

    worldsbk.com: A look back at Assen

    speedweek.de: Corser on Assen

    worldsbk.com: Ten Kate Honda team touches home base.

    worldsbk.com: Leon and Sylvain roll on towards Assen

    Kawasaki-racing.eu: Vermeulen rejoins Sykes for Assen weekend

    MotoGP

    motogp.com: MotoGP logistics in place for transfer to Jerez
    The materials transported to every round of the World Championship amasses to 270 tonnes of cargo, packed into 600 cases that carry the bikes and team materials (180 tonnes), the Dorna equipment needed for TV broadcasting (50 tonnes), advertising materials (23 tonnes), timing equipment (seven tonnes), and the official BMW cars and motorbikes of the World Championship (5.5 tonnes).

    IOMTT



    New 50p coin celebrates 50 years of Suzuki in racing

    As well as being available for purchase in the Isle of Man during TT fortnight, the coin can also be purchased from the Isle of Man Post Office or directly from the coin manufacturer Pobjoy.
    On the Street

    dealernews.com: [Motorcycle Industry Council] MIC ÔÇô New unit retail sales fell 23% in first quarter

    cyrilhuzeblog.com: Polaris Industry [VictoryÔÇÖs parent co] reports first quarter results

    cyrilhuzeblog.com: Four Vincent concept models to be auctioned at Bonhams Quail Lodge Motorcycle Auction

    thekneeslider.com: Print 3D engineering models on your desktop ÔÇô HP Designjet 3D Printer

    wheels.blogs.nytimes.com: Classic AC Roadster gets a modern touch and a six-figure price

    TOPBMW Group aims to build X1 also in China
    ÔÇó 22.04.2010
    ÔÇó Press Release
    Vehicle to be manufactured at new Shenyang/Tiexi plant
    Successor to 5 Series long wheelbase will launch in autumn
    Company expands production capacity in China

    Munich/Beijing. The BMW Group will also produce its X1 Sports Activity Vehicle in China in the future. ÔÇ£The BMW X1 could be one of the first products for our new plant in Tiexi in the Shenyang region. We are currently exploring this possibility together with the authorities here in China,ÔÇØ said Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG Norbert Reithofer in Beijing on Wednesday. The facility currently builds BMW 3 Series and BMW 5 Series models for the Chinese market.
    Following the launch of the new 5 Series, a successor to the 5 Series Long Wheelbase version will also be produced and sold only in China. Production of the new vehicle will begin in autumn of this year. The Long Wheelbase version of the 5 Series has proved extremely successfully in China, with more than 70,000 vehicles sold since 2006.
    In light of the promising opportunities for growth, the BMW Group will continue to expand its presence and its purchasing activities in China over the coming years. ÔÇ£We are confident that this market will continue to see strong growth over the next few years. Our goal is to participate in that growth over the long term,ÔÇØ Reithofer explained. ÔÇ£With our new plant in Tiexi, we will be increasing our production capacity in China to 100,000 vehicles a year from 2012 on. Over the long term, we anticipate the two plants having combined potential for as many as 300,000 vehicles a year ÔÇô depending on market trends. We may realistically need this potential over the long termÔÇØ.
    The BMW Group announced that it would build a second production plant in China in November 2009. The investment volume for the new plant amounts to a total of 560 million euros; the BMW Group and its partner, Brilliance, will each defray half of this amount. Construction work is scheduled to begin in early June 2010, with the start of production slated for 2012. The expanded capacity in Shenyang will create a total of around 1,000 new jobs. 600 new employees have already been hired and are currently being prepared for their roles.
    China is currently the BMW GroupÔÇÖs fourth largest market worldwide. Last year the BMW Group sold more than 90,000 vehicles in mainland China. In the first quarter of 2010, the company increased deliveries by 106% to reach a total of 34,179 vehicles. ÔÇ£China is, and will remain, one of the most attractive automobile markets in the world,ÔÇØ added Reithofer. In 2002 ÔÇô before the plant in Shenyang was built and opened in 2003 ÔÇô the BMW GroupÔÇÖs retail volume in mainland China was just under 6,700 vehicles.
    According to the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), a total of around 478,000 premium automobiles were sold in China last year. The Association estimates that the market for premium vehicles in China will grow to more than 1.5 million units a year by 2020.
    Resource-efficient production plays an important part in the BMW GroupÔÇÖs sustainability strategy and at the Shenyang location also. Through rigorous optimisation of its production processes, the existing plant in Da Dong reduced energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions alone by 12 percent and water consumption by as much as 40 percent between 2008 and 2009.


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    PressClub Italy was drumming up interest in this falls GS challenge with these pictures.






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    Friday, April 23

    WSBK et al.

    Fast out of the box, fast all weekend? Corser has a strong start in Assen’Friday’s first practice session.

    Superbike - Results Free Practice 1st Session
    Assen, 23-24-25 April 2010
    No. Rider Nat Team Bike Time Gap Rel. Laps Avg
    Speed
    Max
    1 65 J. REA GBR HANNspree Ten Kate Honda Honda CBR1000RR 1'36.789 24 168,937 286,0
    2 11 T. CORSER AUS BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 1'36.914 0.125 0.125 22 168,719 282,33 35 C. CRUTCHLOW GBR Yamaha Sterilgarda Team Yamaha YZF R1 1'37.199 0.410 0.285 19 168,224 282,3
    4 91 L. HASLAM GBR Team Suzuki Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'37.556 0.767 0.357 22 167,608 283,0
    5 96 J. SMRZ CZE Team PATA B&G Racing Ducati 1098R 1'37.660 0.871 0.104 23 167,430 276,5
    6 7 C. CHECA ESP Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 1'37.737 0.948 0.077 22 167,298 273,0
    7 67 S. BYRNE GBR Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 1'37.781 0.992 0.044 21 167,223 277,2
    8 84 M. FABRIZIO ITA Ducati Xerox Team Ducati 1098R 1'38.040 1.251 0.259 19 166,781 282,3
    9 52 J. TOSELAND GBR Yamaha Sterilgarda Team Yamaha YZF R1 1'38.060 1.271 0.020 21 166,747 281,5
    10 99 L. SCASSA ITA Supersonic Racing Team Ducati 1098R 1'38.075 1.286 0.015 25 166,721 270,2
    11 3 M. BIAGGI ITA Aprilia Alitalia Racing Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 1'38.206 1.417 0.131 26 166,499 289,1
    12 57 L. LANZI ITA DFX Corse Ducati 1098R 1'38.213 1.424 0.007 23 166,487 275,8
    13 50 S. GUINTOLI FRA Team Suzuki Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'38.332 1.543 0.119 24 166,286 282,3
    14 66 T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'38.352 1.563 0.020 18 166,252 280,8
    15 76 M. NEUKIRCHNER GER HANNspree Ten Kate Honda Honda CBR1000RR 1'38.435 1.646 0.083 25 166,112 282,3
    16 41 N. HAGA JPN Ducati Xerox Team Ducati 1098R 1'38.456 1.667 0.021 24 166,076 279,3
    17 2 L. CAMIER GBR Aprilia Alitalia Racing Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 1'38.580 1.791 0.124 26 165,867 281,5
    18 111 R. XAUS ESP BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 1'38.765 1.976 0.185 23 165,557 277,9
    19 77 C. VERMEULEN AUS Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'40.052 3.263 1.287 19 163,427 275,8
    20 95 R. HAYDEN USA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'41.195 4.406 1.143 28 161,581 271,6
    21 15 M. BAIOCCO ITA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'41.375 4.586 0.180 22 161,294 270,2
    Qualifying Lap Time (107% Of 1'36.789): 1'43.565

    motomatters.com: Assen WSBK update: a faster track; Pitt, Resch and Yoshimura absent

    motoworld.es: New materials for the Yamaha Superbike Sterilgarda

    reuters.com: Former superbike champion Hodgson retires

    MotoGP

    motogp.com: Comfort and confidence building for Nicky Hayden

    motomatters.com: Nicky Hayden interview: “ You feel the new engine much better”

    AMA Pro Racing

    If BMW MOA were e bke a sponsor our sticker would have been on t
    Formula 1 and …

    Last season they expressed no interest now Pirelli eyes F1 return

    autosport.com: F1 equipment expected in Europe today

    Tech Talk
    Ferrari has been smoking engines. With the eight engine – without penalty – limit this puts a serious dent in Alonso Massa and Ferrari’s championship hunt. Auto-Motor-und-Sport explains that the Ferrari pneumatic valve system is loosing air.

    On the Street

    clutchandchrome.com: Tent promises protection for biker and motorcycle

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    clutchandchrome.com: Motorcycle deaths drop perplexes experts



    jsonline.com: 83 year old Harley dealership closes its doors

    Meanwhile Harley-Davidson was closing plants; temporarily this time.
    jsonline: Benzene emissions force shutdown of Harley pants in York, Kansas City

    bikeholic.com: Honda UK announce new Montesa distribution agreement

    bmwmcmag.com: BMW uses the new possibilities of the “iPad”

    This is electric cage stuff. The interest in this thread is to follow and see if it gives any more hints where BMW would head with an e-bike and I like MINIs. I don’t fit but I like them.

    TOP BMW Group: Megacity Vehicle to launch in 2013

    • 22.04.2010
    • Press Release

    Munich / Beijing. With the launch of its Megacity Vehicle in 2013, the BMW Group will be bringing its first series-production electric-drive model to market. “With this innovative vehicle, designed from the ground up, we will be creating new benchmarks for electric mobility from 2013 on. Our Megacity Vehicle will be significantly lighter than conventional cars and, in terms of sustainability, will set a new standard across the entire value-added chain,” said Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, on Thursday ahead of the Auto China 2010 show in Beijing.

    The Megacity Vehicle will be a zero-emission urban car for the world’s metropolitan regions. It is currently being developed as part of project i and will be available from 2013 under a sub-brand of BMW. When it comes to the choice of materials, the company is broaching entirely new territory. This is because weight plays a pivotal role in the range achievable by electrically driven vehicles. The ultra-light yet high-strength composite CFRP (carbon fibre-reinforced plastic), for example, plays a significant part in the materials mix.

    “This vehicle will radically alter the motor industry as we know it. The BMW Group is currently the only company that will be launching a volume-production vehicle on the market that features carbon fibre-reinforced material,” explained Reithofer. “We were among the first manufacturers to pick up on the trend towards electric mobility and to act accordingly. More and more people around the globe are very keen on electric driving. Research shows, moreover, that more than half of the population around the world already live in conurbations,” Reithofer added.

    The BMW Group has been gleaning insights into the day-to-day use of electric vehicles since mid-2009, when it launched a global field test involving more than 600 MINI E models. During the test phase some 50 MINI E cars are also being delivered to customers in China in 2010.
    “I am convinced that our Chinese clients will show the same enthusiasm for the vehicle as MINI E drivers in Germany, the USA and Britain,” emphasised Reithofer. 2011 will see the handover to Chinese customers of a further fleet based on the BMW Concept ActiveE. The renowned China Automotive Technology and Research Center (CATARC) and the state-owned energy supply company State Grid are involved as partners in the preparation, implementation and assessment of the practical use of these vehicles. The project has the backing of both the Chinese and the German governments.

    The results will filter into the development of electrically powered vehicles for the Chinese market. “In the future we will also be offering a New Energy Vehicle in China. This will be developed and produced locally together with our joint venture partner Brilliance,” stated Reithofer.

    BMW gathered its first experiences with electric-drive vehicles some 40 years ago courtesy of a modified BMW 1602 that led the long-distance walking and marathon running events in the 1972 Summer Olympics. In subsequent decades this alternative drive technology was further pursued using many mobile test beds, including the revolutionary BMW E1.


    Bike Cruller

    This isn’t a bike engine but it is based on a bike engine, well nine of them, and is really cool.

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    Friday 1st Qualifying Results

    Corser was in the top 10 and in the top 5 for most of FridayÔÇÖs hour long qualifying session. He held P4 for a long time but struggled to break into the 1ÔÇÖ36 range. In the closing minutes he set best sector times for sector 1 and improved his other sector times and broke into the 1ÔÇÖ36s with a minute remaining then on his last hot lap after the checkered flag had fallen he took P3.

    Corser is in P3 on the front row after the first round of qualifying

    Superbike - Results Qualifying 1st Session
    Assen, 23-24-25 April 2010
    No. Rider Nat Team Bike Time Gap Rel. Laps Avg
    Speed
    Max
    1 96 J. SMRZ CZE Team PATA B&G Racing Ducati 1098R 1'36.041 22 170,252 277,9
    2 65 J. REA GBR HANNspree Ten Kate Honda Honda CBR1000RR 1'36.339 0.298 0.298 19 169,726 283,7
    3 11 T. CORSER AUS BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 1'36.489 0.448 0.150 23 169,462 281,5
    4 91 L. HASLAM GBR Team Suzuki Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'36.618 0.577 0.129 23 169,236 283,0
    5 35 C. CRUTCHLOW GBR Yamaha Sterilgarda Team Yamaha YZF R1 1'36.752 0.711 0.134 17 169,001 285,2
    6 7 C. CHECA ESP Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 1'36.805 0.764 0.053 26 168,909 276,5
    7 2 L. CAMIER GBR Aprilia Alitalia Racing Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 1'37.064 1.023 0.259 27 168,458 284,5
    8 67 S. BYRNE GBR Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 1'37.081 1.040 0.017 25 168,428 278,6
    9 84 M. FABRIZIO ITA Ducati Xerox Team Ducati 1098R 1'37.165 1.124 0.084 21 168,283 286,0
    10 52 J. TOSELAND GBR Yamaha Sterilgarda Team Yamaha YZF R1 1'37.166 1.125 0.001 24 168,281 283,7
    11 57 L. LANZI ITA DFX Corse Ducati 1098R 1'37.344 1.303 0.178 22 167,973 275,8
    12 66 T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'37.434 1.393 0.090 19 167,818 281,5
    13 76 M. NEUKIRCHNER GER HANNspree Ten Kate Honda Honda CBR1000RR 1'37.453 1.412 0.019 23 167,785 283,0
    14 41 N. HAGA JPN Ducati Xerox Team Ducati 1098R 1'37.462 1.421 0.009 21 167,770 280,1
    15 99 L. SCASSA ITA Supersonic Racing Team Ducati 1098R 1'37.506 1.465 0.044 26 167,694 270,9
    16 3 M. BIAGGI ITA Aprilia Alitalia Racing Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 1'37.580 1.539 0.074 27 167,567 286,0
    17 50 S. GUINTOLI FRA Team Suzuki Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'37.684 1.643 0.104 25 167,389 283,0
    18 111 R. XAUS ESP BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 1'37.685 1.644 0.001 22 167,387 278,6
    19 15 M. BAIOCCO ITA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'38.795 2.754 1.110 25 165,506 273,0
    20 77 C. VERMEULEN AUS Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'39.079 3.038 0.284 20 165,032 278,6
    21 95 R. HAYDEN USA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'39.186 3.145 0.107 26 164,854 273,0
    22 23 B. PARKES AUS ECHO CRS Honda Honda CBR1000RR 1'40.485 4.444 1.299 21 162,723 273,0
    Qualifying Lap Time (107% Of 1'36.041): 1'42.765
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    worldsbk.com: Smrz left smiling after day one.
    BMW Motorrad Motorsport - WSBK - Assen - Qualifying Practice 1
    ÔÇó 23.04.2010
    ÔÇó Press Release
    Weather conditions: Sunny.
    Temperature: Air: 16 ÔÇô 19 ??C, Track: 24 ÔÇô 31 ??C
    Number of riders participating: 22 from 12 teams
    Fastest lap Free Practice: Jonathan Rea (HANNspree Ten Kate Honda) 1:36.789 min
    Fastest lap Qualifying Practice 1: Jakub Smrz (Team PATA B&G Racing) 1:36.041 min


    Programme:
    After the best race result to date in its short history in Valencia (ESP), and a successful test in Mugello (ITA), Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport started the fourth race weekend of the 2010 FIM Superbike World Championship in Assen (NED) well. During Free Practice both riders, Troy Corser (AUS) and Ruben Xaus (ESP), got used to the new entry to ÔÇ£RuskenhoekÔÇØ and concentrated on set-up work. Troy finished Qualifying third, while Ruben ended up 18th.


    Troy Corser:
    Bike: BMW S 1000 RR
    Fastest lap Free Practice: 1:36.914 min (2nd) / Fastest lap Qualifying 1: 1:36.489 min (3rd)
    ÔÇ£The team really did a good job. The traction control is working very effectively and the bike feels very connected. Both throttle and engine braking feel good to me. The engine is pushing strongly ÔÇô from first to fifth gear the acceleration is really good. Overall, the bike is now a good package. The modifications at ÔÇ£RuskenhoekÔÇØ make the section really fast. It might be somewhere else where you can actually pass. Unfortunately, another rider crashed in the last chicane when I was on my flying lap at the end of Qualifying. I saw yellow flags and oil flags and just took it easy through the corners. There was a lot better time possible. However, we are quite consistent on race tyres. I am quite confident for the weekend.ÔÇØ


    Ruben Xaus:
    Bike: BMW S 1000 RR
    Fastest lap Free Practice: 1:38.765 min (18th) / Fastest lap Qualifying 1: 1:37.685 min (18th)
    ÔÇ£The bike is incredible in the fast corner, and the stability is just amazing. However, I am struggling in the slow corners. I am really losing time in these stop-and-go sections. We made some good steps forward towards the end of Qualifying. Still, something is missing, and we have to find the last tenths of a second. When the session was re-started after Jonathan ReaÔÇÖs technical problem I had traffic and was not able to improve my lap time.ÔÇØ


    Davide Tardozzi (BMW Motorrad Motorsport Team Manager):
    ÔÇ£We are very happy with TroyÔÇÖs results ÔÇô he finished second in Free Practice and third in Qualifying. This is the best Friday result so far in the teamÔÇÖs history. On RubenÔÇÖs side we struggled a bit with the set-up. However, we made some good progress towards the end of Qualifying, and we are confident for tomorrow.ÔÇØ
    [/b]Troy CorserÔÇÖs official website:
    Assen (Netherlands) - First qualifying: TROY ON THE PACE FROM THE START [/b]
    Yesterday, April 22, 2010, 7:00:00 PM
    Troy finished the first day of qualifying at Assen with the third quickest time of the day and afterwards said ÔÇ£Today the bike has been the best it has ever been on the first day of a Superbike Weekend!ÔÇØ It has taken a long time for Troy to make such a bold statement, but recent good work by the team in the last round in Valencia and in tests at Mugello has given him a bike that heÔÇÖs really happy with. Of course there is still more work to be done, but today has been the best first day since the team entered the championship at the start of 2009. Troy was second quickest in the morning untimed practice, behind Jonathan Rea (Honda) and was on course for a low 1:36 this afternoon, but had to slow when the flags came out for an oil spillage. In the end, his lap of 1:36.489 was good enough for third, behind Jakub Smrz (Ducati) and Rea. Troy - 3rd, 1:36.489 Well that was the best the bike has ever been on the first day of race weekend and I am happy that weÔÇÖre at this stage. The bike came on a step in Valencia and then we made further progress in our tests in Mugello last week. The improvements in the traction control and engine braking have made the bike a lot better. The bike feels like a normal bike now and I can just go out and ride it. I was on a hot lap when the flags came out and think I would have got into the low 36s for sure, so it was a bit disappointing to have to roll off the throttle and end third. But, I am happy with the way the bike is and I am not pushing that hard. There are some areas of the track where I know I can go quicker, so weÔÇÖll see how tomorrowÔÇÖs practices and Superpole go, but IÔÇÖm pretty confident that weÔÇÖre going to be competitive. The boys have done a good job, the engine feels strong and fast and the gearshifting is nice and smooth. All that, together with the improvements in the traction control and engine braking, is allowing to me to go out and ride quickly. The new section of the track is faster, but I am not sure if it is better to go in fast and exit slow or the other way round. In the race it could be a new passing place and thatÔÇÖs good because there arenÔÇÖt many passing places around here. The track felt quite grippy today, especially in one area where I think there is some new tarmac. All in all, IÔÇÖm looking forward to tomorrow and getting even more out of my bike. See ya, Troy



    SuperStock 1000 Cup

    worldsbk.com: Badovini on his BMW qualifies second as Berger on a Honda takes preliminary pole.



    Formula 1 and 

    autosport.com: Mercedes to increase W01 wheelbase

    Rule changes for engines are in the wind for 2013 and beyond.
    autosport.com: New rules must push technology
    The technology being discussed is a 670bhp 1.5 liter turbocharged engine. What does it mean to be green in F1? Some interesting quotes from Norbert Haug at the end of the article


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    ROLLS-ROYCE ANNOUNCES SUCCESSFUL FIRST QUARTER
    ÔÇó 23.04.2010
    ÔÇó Press Release
    Information from editor: A copy of the speech by Torsten M??ller-?ûtv?Âs, delivered at Auto China 2010, is available from PressClub.

    ÔÇó New CEO joins the company
    ÔÇó Sales increase by 60%
    ÔÇó New model launched in several global markets
    ÔÇó All models sold out until mid-year
    ÔÇó Production at Goodwood ramped up to meet demand

    Rolls-Royce Motor Cars announced today that the company has enjoyed a successful first quarter in 2010, with sales increasing by 60% worldwide compared with the same period in 2009.

    Sales in APAC were double the same period in 2009, with sales in Mainland China more than trebling. Sales in the United States, Europe and the Middle East also showed substantial growth.

    Torsten M??ller-?ûtv?Âs, speaking in his new role as Chief Executive Officer for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said, ÔÇ£This is an excellent first quarter result and demonstrates the confidence that our customers have in our company and our products. The interest in our new model, Ghost, is growing and is bringing a significant number of new customers to the Rolls-Royce brand. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars continues to operate as the worldÔÇÖs foremost ultra luxury car manufacturer.ÔÇØ

    The new Rolls-Royce Ghost was successfully introduced into a number of global markets following its international launch in California, including the largest market for Rolls-Royce, the United States. It is notable that Ghost has not yet been delivered to China and that the surge in sales in this market during the first quarter was generated solely by Rolls-Royce Phantom models. With the introduction of Ghost this trend is expected to continue.

    With all models currently sold out until mid-year, the first quarter saw production at record levels. Expressions of interest from potential customers continue to be received at an increasing rate and production at the manufacturing plant in Goodwood has been successfully ramped up to meet this growing global demand.

    Sorry I get a kick out of following Rolls Royce.


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    Saturday, April 24

    Corser lead the pre-Superpole practice session this morning and Xaus moved to P4! Portent of things to come today or only a tease? Stay tuned.

    Superbike - Results Free Practice 2nd Session
    Assen, 23-24-25 April 2010

    No. Rider Nat Team Bike Time Gap Rel. Laps Avg
    Speed
    Max
    1 11 T. CORSER AUS BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 1'36.092 15 170,162 286,8

    2 65 J. REA GBR HANNspree Ten Kate Honda Honda CBR1000RR 1'36.179 0.087 0.087 20 170,008 287,5

    3 91 L. HASLAM GBR Team Suzuki Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'36.189 0.097 0.010 17 169,990 286,0

    4 111 R. XAUS ESP BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 1'36.426 0.334 0.237 17 169,573 283,0

    5 96 J. SMRZ CZE Team PATA B&G Racing Ducati 1098R 1'36.525 0.433 0.099 20 169,399 283,7

    6 7 C. CHECA ESP Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 1'36.534 0.442 0.009 17 169,383 278,6

    7 52 J. TOSELAND GBR Yamaha Sterilgarda Team Yamaha YZF R1 1'36.580 0.488 0.046 16 169,302 286,0

    8 67 S. BYRNE GBR Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 1'36.715 0.623 0.135 18 169,066 280,1

    9 2 L. CAMIER GBR Aprilia Alitalia Racing Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 1'36.766 0.674 0.051 21 168,977 286,8

    10 41 N. HAGA JPN Ducati Xerox Team Ducati 1098R 1'36.875 0.783 0.109 15 168,787 282,3

    11 35 C. CRUTCHLOW GBR Yamaha Sterilgarda Team Yamaha YZF R1 1'36.911 0.819 0.036 16 168,724 286,8

    12 84 M. FABRIZIO ITA Ducati Xerox Team Ducati 1098R 1'36.958 0.866 0.047 18 168,642 286,8

    13 50 S. GUINTOLI FRA Team Suzuki Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'37.174 1.082 0.216 18 168,267 286,0

    14 66 T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'37.219 1.127 0.045 19 168,189 283,7

    15 3 M. BIAGGI ITA Aprilia Alitalia Racing Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 1'37.304 1.212 0.085 23 168,042 287,5

    16 57 L. LANZI ITA DFX Corse Ducati 1098R 1'37.382 1.290 0.078 19 167,908 280,1

    17 76 M. NEUKIRCHNER GER HANNspree Ten Kate Honda Honda CBR1000RR 1'37.461 1.369 0.079 21 167,772 284,5

    18 99 L. SCASSA ITA Supersonic Racing Team Ducati 1098R 1'37.530 1.438 0.069 20 167,653 275,1

    19 77 C. VERMEULEN AUS Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'38.626 2.534 1.096 12 165,790 280,8

    20 15 M. BAIOCCO ITA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'38.821 2.729 0.195 18 165,463 277,2

    21 23 B. PARKES AUS ECHO CRS Honda Honda CBR1000RR 1'39.069 2.977 0.248 15 165,049 277,2

    22 95 R. HAYDEN USA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'39.212 3.120 0.143 17 164,811 274,4

    Qualifying Lap Time (107% Of 1'36.092): 1'42.819
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    Woo Hoo !!! How 'bout Corser
    1. 11 Corser T. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 1'35.621
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    Superpole Results

    Front Row for Corser but no Superpole – yet.

    Corser will start on the front row in P3. In past races he has demonstrated his ability to pull hole shots at the start and win the race to turn one. What will he be able to do with an unobstructed view of turn one in Sunday’s races?

    Xaus fell to the third row after ending the morning practice in P4. Fans have to hope that this was a result of a the team focusing all of its efforts on putting Corser on row one and trying to win the Superpole. Sunday he must do all he can to fight to the front to protect Corser’s backside from challenge and pick up the baton if disaster strikes.

    Aprilia’s performance surprised me. Camier was able to pull P5 and a second row while team leader Biaggi is starting along side Xaus on the third row.

    Yamaha was conspicuous in its absence in Superpole 3. Crutchlow was only able to post a P9 and missed the final round of qualifying as a result. Sunday may be a different story.

    Haga, who was competing for the riders championship last year managed only a P15.

    Should be a great race.

    Assen, 23-24-25 April 2010
    No. Rider Nat Team Bike 1st Sess. 2nd Sess. Laps Superpole Gap Time Avg
    1 65 J. REA GBR HANNspree Ten Kate Honda Honda CBR1000RR 1'36.339 1'36.211 39 1'34.944 1'34.944 172,219

    2 96 J. SMRZ CZE Team PATA B&G Racing Ducati 1098R 1'36.041 1'35.939 39 1'35.062 0.118 1'35.062 172,006

    3 11 T. CORSER AUS BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 1'36.489 1'35.621 39 1'35.306 0.362 1'35.306 171,565

    4 91 L. HASLAM GBR Team Suzuki Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'36.618 1'36.891 39 1'35.330 0.386 1'35.330 171,522

    5 2 L. CAMIER GBR Aprilia Alitalia Racing Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 1'37.064 1'36.588 46 1'35.633 0.689 1'35.633 170,979

    6 7 C. CHECA ESP Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 1'36.805 1'36.447 48 1'35.892 0.948 1'35.892 170,517

    7 67 S. BYRNE GBR Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 1'37.081 1'36.655 43 1'35.909 0.965 1'35.909 170,487

    8 84 M. FABRIZIO ITA Ducati Xerox Team Ducati 1098R 1'37.165 1'36.689 39 1'36.405 1.461 1'36.405 169,609

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

    9 35 C. CRUTCHLOW GBR Yamaha Sterilgarda Team Yamaha YZF R1 1'36.752 1'36.685 30 1'36.027 1'36.027 170,277

    10 52 J. TOSELAND GBR Yamaha Sterilgarda Team Yamaha YZF R1 1'37.166 1'37.084 39 1'36.061 0.034 1'36.061 170,217

    11 3 M. BIAGGI ITA Aprilia Alitalia Racing Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 1'37.580 1'36.904 48 1'36.069 0.042 1'36.069 170,203

    12 111 R. XAUS ESP BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 1'37.685 1'36.872 42 1'36.094 0.067 1'36.094 170,158

    13 50 S. GUINTOLI FRA Team Suzuki Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'37.684 1'36.829 45 1'36.327 0.300 1'36.327 169,747

    14 66 T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'37.434 1'37.100 37 1'36.348 0.321 1'36.348 169,710

    15 41 N. HAGA JPN Ducati Xerox Team Ducati 1098R 1'37.462 1'36.644 41 1'36.574 0.547 1'36.574 169,313

    16 76 M. NEUKIRCHNER GER HANNspree Ten Kate Honda Honda CBR1000RR 1'37.453 1'36.859 41 1'36.581 0.554 1'36.581 169,300

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

    17 99 L. SCASSA ITA Supersonic Racing Team Ducati 1098R 1'37.506 1'36.898 45 1'36.906 1'36.906 168,733

    18 57 L. LANZI ITA DFX Corse Ducati 1098R 1'37.344 1'36.774 43 1'36.989 0.083 1'36.989 168,588

    19 77 C. VERMEULEN AUS Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'39.079 1'38.065 37 1'38.378 1.472 1'38.378 166,208

    20 23 B. PARKES AUS ECHO CRS Honda Honda CBR1000RR 1'40.485 1'38.214 37 1'38.622 1.716 1'38.622 165,797

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

    21 15 M. BAIOCCO ITA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'38.795 1'38.471 43 1'38.471 166,051

    22 95 R. HAYDEN USA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX 10R 1'39.186 1'38.769 42 1'38.769 165,550

    Superpole Fastest Lap (Superpole 3) No. 65 REA Jonathan Time 1'34.944 Avg. 172,219 Km/h
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    BMW Motorrad Motorsport - WSBK - Assen - Superpole

    • 24.04.2010
    • Press Release

    Weather conditions: Sunny.
    Temperature: Air: 18 – 21??C, Track: 16 – 31??C
    Number of riders participating: 22 from 12 teams
    Fastest lap Qualifying Practices: Troy Corser (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) 1:35.621 min
    Fastest lap Superpole 3: Jonathan Rea (HANNspree Ten Kate Honda) 1:34.944 min


    Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport continued the upward trend from the last couple of weeks in Assen (NED) on Saturday. Troy Corser (AUS) achieved the team’s best ever qualifying result in the FIM Superbike World Championship. The 38-year-old finished the Superpole 3 qualifying in third. Ruben Xaus (ESP) will start Sunday’s races from 12th. Prior to this the team’s best qualifying position was fifth for Troy at the previous round in Valencia (ESP).

    Troy Corser:
    Bike: BMW S 1000 RR
    Fastest lap Qualifying Practices: 1:35.621 min / Fastest lap Free Practice: 1:36.092 min / Fastest lap Superpole 3: 1:35.306 min
    “We have come quite a long way. The team has done a lot of work on the bike, and we have been testing a lot. Finally the work has started to pay off. The bike is quite fast and feels stable, and I feel quite comfortable riding it. We were aiming for the front row, and it would be great to finish the races like today’s Superpole. I am looking forward to tomorrow. ”


    Ruben Xaus:
    Bike: BMW S 1000 RR
    Fastest lap Qualifying Practices: 1:36.872 min / Fastest lap Free Practice: 1:36.426 min / Fastest lap Superpole 2: 1:36.094 min
    “The team did an incredible job with the bike. We have made big steps forward in terms of traction and rideability. My problem is that I still do not feel the bike properly. I simply need more mileage and time on the bike. However, I am always pushing to the limit. I had a minor, controlled crash on my final flying lap in Superpole 2. I was mid corner and mid throttle. I think a little more would have been possible today. Congratulations to Troy and the team as they did a great job.”


    Davide Tardozzi (BMW Motorrad Motorsport Team Manager):“Today is another small step forward. We have been climbing up the field since the first test in Portim?úo in January, which reflects very well on the work done by the riders and on the way the team has improved the bike. The team really did a good job.”

















    SuperStock 1000 Cup

    Maxime Berger (Ten Kate Race Junior Honda) took his first pole of the 2010 season, ahead of Suzuki rider Davide Giugliano (Team06 Suzuki).

    Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia) could not add to his pole total of two so far, and now starts this race third on the grid.

    Michele Magnoni (SCI Garvie Image Honda) took the final place on the front row, in a class with 27 riders on the grid.

    Danilo Petrucci (Pedercini Kawasaki) was the highest-placed Kawasaki rider, sixth.
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    Go Troy, Go!!

    Old Troy still has the goods. Looks like they at least got their qualifying setup dialed in. Now the prevailing issue ... can they hold up for an entire race. Troy's has been getting some great starts but fades after a few laps.

    Podium here we come. I hope.

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    Sunday, April 25 Race 1

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    Race 1: Corser lead for half the first 10 laps of the race but finishes fifth while Rea wins for his Dutch team. Rea took over on the 11th lap briefly loosing the lead to Toesland but regaining it to take the victory in the first race.

    Xaus scores another DNF.

    Race 2 is about to begin.

    Assen, 23-24-25 April 2010
    Laps 22 = 99,924 Km - Time Of Race 35'38.483 - Avg. 168,216 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 65 J. REA GBR HANNspree Ten Kate Honda Honda CBR1000RR 22 1'36.440 286,0 1'34.944 286,0 25 85 4
    2 10 52 J. TOSELAND GBR Yamaha Sterilgarda Team Yamaha YZF R1 22 1.106 1'36.472 286,0 1'36.061 286,8 20 70 6
    3 5 2 L. CAMIER GBR Aprilia Alitalia Racing Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 22 1.249 1'36.450 286,0 1'35.633 286,8 16 48 11
    4 6 7 C. CHECA ESP Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 22 1.548 1'36.413 280,8 1'35.892 279,3 13 93 3
    5 3 11 T. CORSER AUS BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 22 2.738 1'36.523 284,5 1'35.306 287,5 11 57 7
    6 11 3 M. BIAGGI ITA Aprilia Alitalia Racing Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 22 2.813 1'36.458 289,1 1'36.069 288,3 10 115 2
    7 2 96 J. SMRZ CZE Team PATA B&G Racing Ducati 1098R 22 6.296 1'36.469 278,6 1'35.062 280,1 9 29 13
    8 9 35 C. CRUTCHLOW GBR Yamaha Sterilgarda Team Yamaha YZF R1 22 12.022 1'36.663 287,5 1'36.027 289,1 8 49 10
    9 7 67 S. BYRNE GBR Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 22 12.146 1'36.685 282,3 1'35.909 283,0 7 40 12
    10 15 41 N. HAGA JPN Ducati Xerox Team Ducati 1098R 22 19.753 1'37.163 285,2 1'36.574 280,8 6 85 5
    11 4 91 L. HASLAM GBR Team Suzuki Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 22 22.204 1'36.703 286,0 1'35.330 286,0 5 128 1
    12 14 66 T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX 10R 22 22.282 1'37.189 283,7 1'36.348 281,5 4 17 16
    13 8 84 M. FABRIZIO ITA Ducati Xerox Team Ducati 1098R 22 22.780 1'37.298 286,0 1'36.405 287,5 3 49 9
    14 13 50 S. GUINTOLI FRA Team Suzuki Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 22 23.364 1'36.945 289,1 1'36.327 288,3 2 52 8
    15 17 99 L. SCASSA ITA Supersonic Racing Team Ducati 1098R 22 37.097 1'37.683 277,9 1'36.906 275,8 1 5 18
    16 18 57 L. LANZI ITA DFX Corse Ducati 1098R 22 39.467 1'36.850 281,5 1'36.989 277,2 26 14
    17 19 77 C. VERMEULEN AUS Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX 10R 22 46.468 1'38.533 281,5 1'38.378 282,3
    18 21 15 M. BAIOCCO ITA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX 10R 22 57.170 1'39.024 275,1 1'38.471 275,8
    19 22 95 R. HAYDEN USA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX 10R 22 1'01.634 1'38.932 273,0 1'38.769 275,8
    20 16 76 M. NEUKIRCHNER GER HANNspree Ten Kate Honda Honda CBR1000RR 22 1'04.295 1'37.292 281,5 1'36.581 286,0 8 17
    --------------------------------------------------Not Classified--------------------------------------------------
    RET 20 23 B. PARKES AUS ECHO CRS Honda Honda CBR1000RR 9 13 Laps 1'39.005 278,6 1'38.622 280,1
    RET 12 111 R. XAUS ESP BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 8 14 Laps 1'37.009 279,3 1'36.094 283,0 19 15

    SuperStock 1000 Cup

    Triple crown for Badovini as BMW man Badovini wins Assen race at full pace. Badovinin has won all three Superstock 1000 races on his BMW Motorrad Italy S1000RR.

    Superstock 1000 - Results Race
    Assen, 23-24-25 April 2010
    Laps 13 = 59,046 Km - Time Of Race 21'44.147 - Avg. 162,992 km/h 1 / 2
    Pos
    R Tot Pos
    Qualifying
    Grid No. Rider Nat Team Bike LL Gap Fastest Lap Speed Speed
    Ranking
    Race Time
    1 3 86 A. BADOVINI ITA BMW Motorrad Italia STK BMW S1000 RR 13 1'39.271 273,7 1'39.702 276,5 25 75 1
    2 1 21 M. BERGER FRA Ten Kate Race Junior Honda CBR1000RR 13 2.213 1'39.227 266,2 1'39.105 265,6 20 40 3
    3 2 34 D. GIUGLIANO ITA Team06 Suzuki GSX-R 1000 13 4.323 1'39.664 261,7 1'39.677 265,6 16 45 2
    4 4 119 M. MAGNONI ITA S.C.I. Honda-Garvie Image Honda CBR1000RR 13 6.977 1'39.501 270,2 1'39.726 268,9 13 27 7
    5 5 20 S. BARRIER FRA Garnier Junior Racing BMW S1000 RR 13 9.812 1'39.418 269,6 1'39.897 271,6 11 40 4
    6 8 8 A. ANTONELLI ITA Team Lorini Honda CBR1000RR 13 16.667 1'40.278 264,9 1'40.434 266,2 10 28 5
    7 6 9 D. PETRUCCI ITA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX 10R 13 16.713 1'40.422 266,2 1'40.374 268,2 9 19 9
    8 10 7 R. M?äHR AUT MTM Racing Team Suzuki GSX-R 1000 K9 13 17.069 1'40.662 270,9 1'40.923 268,9 8 12 12
    9 9 14 L. BARONI ITA Team Pata B&G Racing Ducati 1098R 13 17.198 1'39.914 268,2 1'40.445 265,6 7 13 11
    10 14 11 P. TUTUSAUS ESP Goeleven KTM 1190 RC8 R 13 18.927 1'40.658 272,3 1'41.352 266,2 6 20 8
    11 13 53 D. LAMMERT GER Lammert Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 13 27.445 1'41.043 275,1 1'41.164 273,0 5 5 17
    12 19 93 M. LUSSIANA FRA Team ASPI BMW S1000 RR 13 32.512 1'41.458 274,4 1'42.344 273,7 4 4 18
    13 18 134 R. LACALENDOLA ITA SS Lazio Motorsport Ducati 1098R 13 34.972 1'41.332 272,3 1'42.289 275,8 3 3 19
    14 20 99 C. LEESON RSA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX 10R 13 44.429 1'41.953 271,6 1'42.626 271,6 2 3 21
    15 17 12 N. VIVARELLI ITA Goeleven KTM 1190 RC8 R 13 45.317 1'42.623 260,4 1'42.149 262,3 1 3 22
    16 24 45 K. SLETTEN NOR MTM Racing Team Yamaha YZF R1 13 55.469 1'42.998 265,6 1'44.208 263,6
    17 21 29 D. BERETTA ITA BMW Motorrad Italia STK BMW S1000 RR 13 55.931 1'43.183 270,2 1'42.681 270,9
    18 22 55 T. SVITOK SVK SMS Racing Honda CBR1000RR 13 56.749 1'43.201 254,9 1'43.538 254,9
    19 26 91 M.WALKOWIAK POL Bogdanka Racing Honda CBR1000RR 13 58.289 1'43.409 264,9 1'45.289 256,7 3 20
    20 23 36 P. THIRIET BRA SMS Racing Honda CBR1000RR 13 1'00.097 1'43.083 263,0 1'44.014 262,3
    21 27 89 M. SALAC CZE MS Racing Aprilia RSV4 1000 13 1'07.829 1'44.421 259,2 1'46.142 261,1 2 23
    --------------------------------------------------Not Classified--------------------------------------------------
    RET 15 69 O. JEZEK CZE MS Racing Aprilia RSV4 1000 12 1 Lap 1'41.024 261,7 1'41.642 257,9 9 14
    RET 11 65 L. BAZ FRA MRS Racing Yamaha YZF R1 11 2 Laps 1'39.646 264,9 1'41.021 261,7 27 6
    RET 16 30 M. SAVARY SUI Garnier Junior Racing BMW S1000 RR 10 3 Laps 1'41.263 273,7 1'42.006 269,6 6 16
    RET 7 5 M. BUSSOLOTTI ITA All Service System by QDP Honda CBR1000RR 4 9 Laps 1'40.678 268,2 1'40.429 267,5 18 10
    RET 12 47 E. LA MARRA ITA Team Lorini Honda CBR1000RR 4 9 Laps 1'40.615 267,5 1'41.077 263,6 10 13
    Pass the mustard and UP THE REVOLUTION!

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    Assen Race 2

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    Notes Assen Race 2

    When the times for Sector 1 lit up Corser jumped back into the Assen Race 2 lead.by lap 2 Rea had taken the lead by 0.271 seconds. Camier on his Aprilia was in P3 but 0.871 adrift of the leader.

    19 laps remaining:
    Rea was shown as the leader but when Sector 2 times went up Corser was shown red and had taken the lead from him opening a slim 0.0674 second lead.

    17 laps remaining
    Rea has retaken the lead with Haslam squeezing past Corser dropping him from the lead to P3. Smrz moved around Camier to take over 4th for Ducati leaving Camier in P5.

    15 laps remaining
    Corser had been 0.469 seconds behind the leader Rae then moved to second and back into the lead!

    14 laps remaining
    He is shown as hold a 0.163 second lead over ReaÔÇÖs Honda in P2.

    12 laps remaining

    Xaus has dropped to P13 and CorserÔÇÖs lead over Rea has dropped to 0.129 seconds but he continues to light up the live timing board with red as leader. When the lap finishes his lead has grown to 0.406 over Rea.

    11 laps remaining
    Corser is still in the lead but Rea goes green in all sectors. Green indicates a personal best for a sector time. Haslam is charging too going green and by the end of the lap has passed both riders taking the lead.

    10 laps remaing
    The lap begins Haslam Corser Rea and ends Haslam Rea Corser.

    8 laps remaining
    Rea passes Haslam then Haslam takes the lead back in sector 2 Corser holds in P3, then Toseland and Camier move past him droping him to P5 when the times for race recycle for 7 laps remaining.

    5 laps remaining
    Corser regains a position and is shown in P4 but 1.458 seconds adrift leader Rea on his Honda.

    4 laps remaining
    Camier has squeezed past Corser for 4th and Biaggi, on the other Aprilia, is closing in.

    3 laps remaing
    Camier goes green and is challenging Toesland for P3 and does. Corser could not take advantage because he was in a fight with Biaggi who took P4 moving Corser to P5.

    Chequered Flag

    Superbike - Results Race 2
    Assen, 23-24-25 April 2010
    Laps 22 = 99,924 Km - Time Of Race 35'43.137 - Avg. 167,850 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 65 J. REA GBR HANNspree Ten Kate Honda Honda CBR1000RR 22 1'36.312 283,7 1'34.944 286,0 25 25 110 3

    2 4 91 L. HASLAM GBR Team Suzuki Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 22 1.942 1'36.452 283,7 1'35.330 286,0 5 20 148 1

    3 10 52 J. TOSELAND GBR Yamaha Sterilgarda Team Yamaha YZF R1 22 3.928 1'36.635 286,0 1'36.061 286,8 20 16 86 5

    4 11 3 M. BIAGGI ITA Aprilia Alitalia Racing Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 22 4.067 1'36.514 287,5 1'36.069 288,3 10 13 128 2

    5 3 11 T. CORSER AUS BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 22 4.176 1'36.373 285,2 1'35.306 287,5 11 11 68 76 6 7 C. CHECA ESP Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 22 4.525 1'36.618 280,1 1'35.892 279,3 13 10 103 4

    7 2 96 J. SMRZ CZE Team PATA B&G Racing Ducati 1098R 22 4.682 1'36.521 282,3 1'35.062 280,1 9 9 38 13

    8 7 67 S. BYRNE GBR Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 22 7.698 1'36.564 282,3 1'35.909 283,0 7 8 48 12

    9 16 76 M. NEUKIRCHNER GER HANNspree Ten Kate Honda Honda CBR1000RR 22 9.903 1'37.081 283,7 1'36.581 286,0 7 15 17

    10 12 111 R. XAUS ESP BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 22 11.465 1'37.206 278,6 1'36.094 283,0 6 25 15

    11 17 99 L. SCASSA ITA Supersonic Racing Team Ducati 1098R 22 15.489 1'36.979 276,5 1'36.906 275,8 1 5 10 18

    12 8 84 M. FABRIZIO ITA Ducati Xerox Team Ducati 1098R 22 23.604 1'36.704 282,3 1'36.405 287,5 3 4 53 9

    13 13 50 S. GUINTOLI FRA Team Suzuki Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 22 29.085 1'37.584 284,5 1'36.327 288,3 2 3 55 8

    14 19 77 C. VERMEULEN AUS Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX 10R 22 35.401 1'38.205 278,6 1'38.378 282,3 2 2 20

    15 21 15 M. BAIOCCO ITA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX 10R 22 44.330 1'37.973 273,0 1'38.471 275,8 1 1 22

    16 22 95 R. HAYDEN USA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX 10R 22 50.830 1'38.360 272,3 1'38.769 275,8

    17 20 23 B. PARKES AUS ECHO CRS Honda Honda CBR1000RR 22 58.819 1'38.452 274,4 1'38.622 280,1
    --------------------------------------------------Not Classified--------------------------------------------------
    RET 5 2 L. CAMIER GBR Aprilia Alitalia Racing Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 20 2 Laps 1'36.593 284,5 1'35.633 286,8 16 48 11

    RET 9 35 C. CRUTCHLOW GBR Yamaha Sterilgarda Team Yamaha YZF R1 11 11 Laps 1'36.800 287,5 1'36.027 289,1 8 49 10

    RET 15 41 N. HAGA JPN Ducati Xerox Team Ducati 1098R 6 16 Laps 1'37.161 278,6 1'36.574 280,8 6 85 6

    RET 18 57 L. LANZI ITA DFX Corse Ducati 1098R 0 1'36.989 277,2 26 14

    RET 14 66 T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX 10R 0 1'36.348 281,5
    4 17 16
    Pass the mustard and UP THE REVOLUTION!

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