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    Race 1

    Marco Melandri crossed the Jerez finish line just where he had started race one; right behind Eugene Laverty. Melandri lined up on the P4 on the inside of Row 2 right behind the Aprilia rider. Laverty won the race to turn 1 and took the lead with Tom Sykes and his Kawasaki in P2 and Melandri in P3. By Lap 2 Melandri had overtaken Sykes and began hunting down Laverty. Melandri caught and over took his rival on the penultimate lap but was unable to hold the lead. Meanwhile Sykes sat on an island some six seconds the lead pair and almost three seconds ahead of the P4 Guintoli and his Aprilia.

    Laverty and Melandri were all smiles at the podium celebration. However, Sykes on the lowest step of the podium had the biggest smile of the three. His finish secured the World Superbike Rider Championship for Sykes, the first championship for a Kawasaki rider since 1993 when Scott Russel took the title.


    1 1 58 E. LAVERTY IRL Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory
    2 4 33 M. MELANDRI ITA BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK BMW S1000 RR 21 0.218
    3 2 66 T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 21 6.681
    4 5 50 S. GUINTOLI FRA Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory 21 9.327
    5 6 24 T. ELIAS ESP Red Devils Roma Aprilia RSV4 Factory 21 20.446
    6 3 34 D. GIUGLIANO ITA Althea Racing Aprilia RSV4 Factory 21 27.633
    7 10 19 C. DAVIES GBR BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK BMW S1000 RR 21 28.621
    8 7 2 L. CAMIER GBR Fixi Crescent Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 21 29.548
    9 8 12 X. FORES ESP Team Ducati Alstare Ducati 1199 Panigale R 21 29.964
    10 9 8 M.AITCHISON AUS Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 21 36.981
    11 18 16 J. CLUZEL FRA Fixi Crescent Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 21 37.008
    12 16 20 S. BARRIER FRA BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK BMW S1000 RR 21 43.179
    13 13 86 A. BADOVINI ITA Team Ducati Alstare Ducati 1199 Panigale R 21 47.260
    14 19 27 M.NEUKIRCHNER GER MR-Racing Ducati 1199 Panigale R 21 52.154
    15 12 57 L. LANZI ITA Mesaroli Transports A.S. Ducati 1098R 21 52.912
    16 14 23 F. SANDI ITA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 21 54.414
    17 15 84 M.FABRIZIO ITA Pata Honda World Superbike Honda CBR1000RR 21
    18 11 70 B. PARKES AUS Monster Energy Yamaha - Yart Yamaha YZF R1 21
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    NC 20 31 V. IANNUZZO ITA Grillini Dentalmatic SBK BMW S1000 RR 15 6 Laps
    RET 17 91 L. HASLAM GBR Pata Honda World Superbike Honda CBR1000RR 13 8 Laps




    Race 2

    fim-live.com Laverty at the double
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    Goodbye Goldbet, it's been fun. I would have liked to see Barrier mature into a BMW. Hoping Corser gives us something to look forward to.
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    I would love to see the new NineT dressed up like that Ritmo Sereno RS in today offering

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    Quote Originally Posted by chaseh View Post
    Goodbye Goldbet, it's been fun. I would have liked to see Barrier mature into a BMW. Hoping Corser gives us something to look forward to.
    Most of the reporting on a Down Under Team managed by Troy Corser references an article by Superbikeplanet.com previously posted in this thread. The background for that article appears to come from the SBK blog within the Italian sports paper La Gazzetta dello Sport. A little different supporting take on the project can be found at Solomoto.es. Both are respected sites.

    Corser has been very involved with BMW and BMW Motorrad since his retirement on the promotional side. He has been a regular at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the BMW concours de elegance [iirc]. The promotional duties would have given him ample opportunities to develop contacts to supply or assist in finding sponsor dollars for the effort.

    The team which Corser appears to be forming would be a blend of parts of the current and previous BMW Motorrad SBK teams. The Monaco financing would be a continuation of the relationship in some form with GoldBet and perhaps some others. GoldBet has been the BMW Motorrad Itallia Team sponsor for STK , their move to SBK and then this year for the factory team.

    Alpha Racing is back in the mix for this team. When BMW announced it would race in WorldSBK it contracted with Alpha Racing to develop the team and the motorcycles. Alpha managed the BMW endurance team that campaigned the R1200S HP while development of the S 1000 RR continued.



    They we an important part of the development of the Stephanskirchen racing facility. Alpha had a hand in chassis development during the entire time Corser was a rider for Team BMW Motorrad and up to the shift to BMW Motorrad Itallia who shifted those duties to the Italian group they worked with. Alpha Racing has continued to develop performance parts for the S 1000 RR. I suspect but have not documented that they have been involved in efforts of teams using the RR in the various national level SBK efforts in Germany and elsewhere on the continent.

    If BMW appeared to take a step sideways by racing in the World Endurance Series with an R, Corser's reported five year plan starts in 2014 by taking a step back beginning their racing team history with a FIM 2014 EVO Superbike Rules compliant bike. This would appear to put the team at a competitive disadvantage in the first year. The trade off is a year of development of team and bike to be fully ready to compete in 2015 when EVO rules become the rule of the series for all teams.

    Riders are a big question mark. Davies seems to be out in the market. Melandri has been quiet. He may already have a deal in hand and it could be with Corser. Barrier would be a nice catch for the Corser team. He would give sponsor continuity and development experience. He would be new to Alpha as BMW Itallia used a different chassis builder, but that is not all bad. We should know more in coming days.

    How this team will fare will not be known until a race day it appears. I would not expect podium performance battles in 2014 but would not rule them out at certain tracks. The S 1000 RR v2 in WSBK race trim has been a big step forward from the v1. However, in 2013 I had a feeling the engine and chassis development were out of sync with the engine overpowering the chassis. The EVO rules may take care of that leaving a bike that could be very competitive on the more technical tracks.

    We know the defending champions for 2014. How any of them will fare is an open question. What bike will Sykes defend his championship on? Will the management changes at Aprillia end them into a complete tail spin? How long can DucAudi be a mid pack team before they return to the Ducati ways that netted them something like 60+% of the wins in SBK? Suzuki keeps getting better, Honda cannot be as bad as they seem and then there is Yamaha.

    How ever that all shakes out I truly hope, what ever their final moniker, there is a Corser BMW Team on the grid for the 2014 edition of World SBK at Phillip Island.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 40427 View Post
    I would love to see the new NineT dressed up like that Ritmo Sereno RS in today offering
    My guess is there will be many customs along that line built using the R NineT as the base platform. Some will be better than others. I have little doubt one built by the gang at Ritmo Sereno would be a benchmark setting effort.
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    Thanks for the comprehensive response Mika. It goes to show why WSBK is more compelling than MotoGP these days. I'm not sure about Honda, they seem to be melting down, but a lot can change off-season. I don't think the Corser squad would have the money or cache for Melandri, and he seems to be locked into Aprilia, but with them losing Gigi to Duc, who knows? Suzuki is certainly going to be a legitimate player and now we can add a new name into the mix, as it looks like EBR will be coming to play: http://www.cyclenews.com/585/22511/R...Superbike.aspx
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    At first blush the World SBK site news piece about BMW Motorrad's plans for customer racing support on the surface is innocent in tone and a space filler. There are several hints that may launch many rumors. The second sentence of the second paragraph begs for speculation and rumor mongering.

    "BMW Motorrad will support private BMW teams and riders in a versatile manner"

    Sticking with WSBK first, how will they do this? Will they pick a preferred team for development and support along the DucAudi model? In that model the factory team disappeared to have a private team take the roll. The important part for the bike was direct technical support and development along the same lines they had provided their factory team.

    On the rider front I agree the budget talked about for Corser's team would seem to preclude a marquee rider's salary. In the DucAudi model a major portion of Carlos Checa's salary was subsidized by a fat check from Ducati with a lot of zeros between the decimal and the whole number that started the sequence. With the shift to an EVO development model for the bike the demand for a high buck rider is not there in 2014. The money money may be better spent bringing a young team of riders while the money and major effort is spent on the rest of the team.

    2014 season testeting is underway for several teams. We probably will not have to wait long for the answer to our SBK questions.

    If you like to watch racing in person the big question is do the plans for BMW customer support for racing mean racing dollars will finally come to the US?

    "In the course of the strategic realignment of BMW Motorrad, the global customer racing programme is being restructured and expanded for the 2014 season."

    In the old corporate model BMW owned Husqvarna and they sucked up the much of the market development and development dollars for North America. If BMW spent money on racing it was spent in the dirt with Husky. The corporate realignment eliminated Husqvarna. Will the global customer racing programme free up the money to edit the euro spelling out and get behind a S 1000 RR racing program for the US?
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    I don't see BMW stepping up and providing much support for any racers in the disfunctional AMA series.

    They had a big involvement with Larry Pegram and he was getting some fairly good if inconsistent results in the second year. Then they abruptly bailed on him . There was never a clear explanation as far as I know as to why, other than the series itself was poorly promoted, had weak attendance by spectators and the rules were a moving target.

    As for WSBK, and BMW's involvement , I think it will happen on some level but not enough to really matter.
    I do not get the series on my cable TV at this time other than the British Super Bikes .
    There are a couple of teams riding BMW's there but they are glorified privateers as far as I can tell and they seem to run in the front of the mid-pack riders. Not optimal for a major sponsorship deal.

    Maybe BMW will do something like the old Suzuki contingency money we had here in the states a long time ago. If you won, or were a real contender you got parts at a bigger discount than the other guys. A few riders were almost making a living by winning and getting some cash from Suzuki, but their expenses ate up most of the money.

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    The AMA has been dysfunctional for as long as I have been following racing, which began by reading magazines on the grocery store news rack while my mother shopped. Frankly I don't expect it to change any time soon. IF BMW begins to pump more money into US road racing it would signal it is fighting for a real seat at the rules making table that it has not had in the past. The S 1000 RR would be something of a flagship of that effort but the real goal would be support any racing efforts for the much hinted at under 500cc line of bikes coming in the future. That is the hot segment for all manufactures development departments. If racing is to be part of their life now is when the manufacturers will be pushing and shoving each other at the tables of the various racing rules bodies.

    I agree; BMW's money will not make a major difference in 2014 results for any team it supports. The factory was not able to buy a title with its own team why would we expect a smaller number of euro to put a independent team over the top? 2014 should be seen as an organizational, place holding season with 2015 the one that matters more. The change to EVO for all teams will be the big deal then. In 2015 the cost of the pay to play in SBK flattens drastically for all the current teams. The other thing to follow during 2014 is who will be on the track in 2015 that have not been there in the past. Will BIMTO return? How about a presence from KTM or Triumph?

    I have not really followed BSB in a very long time. From what I can surmise BMW's lack of serious effort in that series has several large roots. The series set rules that diverged from the FIM - WSBK rules at a early point in BMW's SBK effort. I suspect that management decided that the cost of supporting a BSB effort of some sort, no matter how visible the series is, was not worth the money. BMW UK was and is doing fine with the GS. The GS has been the number one selling bike in the over 500cc segment for years in that market. BMW has been a major player in the Round-The -Wolrd-Traveler (RTW) and Long Distance Touring bikes. BMW may have 'taken on the world' with its S 1000 RR and its sales strategy but the UK market was a small litre bike sales ring in that fight that they were willing to cede to the dominate Fireblade from Honda followed by Suzuki and Yamaha. This left the UK to develop various RTW programs that in turn spun out to or were modified by other national BMW importer arms.

    A last question/thought for all of you. Put yourself in the seat of the manufacturers, any of them. What is the role of racing litre sport bikes in your future plans? Are litre sport bikes becoming racing dinosaurs? What is the role of the under 500cc classes in the future of racing? When Kawasaki upped their venerable and excellent 250 Ninja to a 300 and Honda followed did they define the new sport bike racing battle ground. Moto3 and Moto2 have some really excellent racing up and down the grid. For my money less is more in the three Dorna series classes. How does that play out in the racing we follow in the years to come?
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    I agree the trend seems to be either GS styled machines or 500cc and under taking a bigger chunk out of the market.

    Just read an interesting article in MCN about the third version of Honda's new 500cc offering. At an under $6k price point I bet they will attract a lot of newer riders, especially with three versions from which to choose.

    In Moto 2 GP (when I can see it) I see some real comers and the action is pretty good, but in Moto 3 , those boys are getting it on all over the field. From the front row to the back there are great battles going on , it may be a case of young and dumb, or young and fearless , but for my money that's where the best racing is at the moment.

    Where does mother BMW fit in to all this , only the crystal ball knows

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    I think we need to be careful about talking about the market in zero sum gain terms and focusing in on a single nation. The manufacturers are thinking more globally in how this roles out. That said I add a huge caveat. The 300-500cc market in India will do the most to define how the 500cc and lower bikes develop. That is the sweet spot of opportunity for that market and other BRIC type markets. The tangled long term existence of Japanese manufactures in the India market gives them a leg up. Honda is making a major play and rolling it out world wide. Heck H-D is developing 500cc models for that market. BMW Motorrad is moving into that market beyond their current private importer run model. The strategic realignment announcement pointed to model development in the below 500cc area at the same time we have been seeing various manufacturing alliances develop in India. I am looking toward 2014 rumors and 2015 models.

    Some current riders will be like me. I migrated from 125cc to 300cc mini UJMs to Brit bikes to 750 then 1000cc UJM then Euro bikes now BMW for a very long time. When I go into a show room now I am drawn more to a SM class bike or smaller sport bike than anything in the litre class. Existing riders with +/- 300cc may follow similar ownership arcs. To the extent that or variations are representative, that is the zero sum gain model segment.

    Manufacturers are trying to find the model potential riders like the 15 year old son of my niece. He is saving for his first powered two wheeled vehicle (PTW). I spent a couple hours this past Saturday talking with him about MSF training, gear and more. When we talked about what he wanted to buy for his first PTW and where he saw his future riding would go I heard much of the same enthusiasm I remember from when I was his age but had no clue what market segment or models would meet his dream. I suspect the manufacturers are as confused on what to build to attract these new riders and expand the market beyond a zero sum gain game.
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    Delaying getting a license or not get one at all is a growing phenomena yet not entirely new. My oldest daughter could not wait to get her license. She took and passed her drivers test on her birthday. She loves riding but as a passenger. My youngest daughter felt she did not need to have a drivers license until she was in her twenties. Now she has a MC license, owned a couple of bikes one of them a cafe we built together. Next generation, my nieces 15 year old has been saving for his first bike while his 19 year old brother has yet to take drivers ed.

    They will figure it out and drive manufacturers crazy in the process of figuring out what to build for them and how to market it.
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    motorcyclenews.com Honda unveil CB1300S Super Bol D'or
    Honda has released images of the new CB1300S Super Bol D'or, an update to the current CB1300S which is available in the UK. The CB1300S Super Bol D'or gets new wheels, LED headlight, new bodywork and a six speed

    motorcycledaily.com 2014 Ducati 1199 Superleggera ? If You Have to Ask, You Can?t Afford It
    Once in a while, Ducati introduces extremely exclusive, outrageously expensive special editions. The ?outrage? isn?t meant to mean this bike isn?t worth it, just that it is ? a pretty outrageously expensive machine.*

    motorcycle-usa.com CycleTrader Announces Android Mobile App
    CycleTrader announces a new mobile app for Androids

    motorcycle-usa.com Bonhams Motorcycle Sale Sets New Record
    Bonhams' Stafford Motorcycle Sale sets a new world record.

    cycleworld.com FasterSafer Riding School I.M.S. Presentations
    FasterSafer Press Release: The International Motorcycle Shows in San Mateo, Dallas and Washington DC will feature a 30-minute presentation on riding technique by Fastersafer Instructors Nick Ienatsch and Ken Hill: If you*

    motorcycle-usa.com Closer Look at the 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000
    Suzuki reveals more information on its redesigned 2014 V-Strom 1000 at the AIMExpo in Orlando, including details on its first-ever traction control system and engine power claims

    rideapart.com Gear: Kriega R25 Motorcycle Backpack
    TweetKriega recently released an update to the RideApart favorite R25 Motorcycle Backpack. They?ve taken an already incredible product and improved it in some minor, but influential ways.*

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    Trade fair in Milan ? BMW Motorrad at the EICMA 2013
    Off to Milan! The world's biggest motorcycle trade fair is coming up - and BMW Motorrad simply has to be there, of course. Are you ready for BMW Motorrad highlights and other innovations? If so, come to the 71st EICMA in Milan fromhttp://www.bmw-motorrad.com/com/en/index.html?content=http://www.bmw-motorrad.com/com/en/individual/news/2011/news.jsp&id=2446 ]...More

    BMW Motorrad lines up with extensive customer racing programme for the 2014 season
    BMW Motorrad is all geared up for a successful future on the customer racing scene. In the course of the strategic realignment of BMW Motorrad, the global customer racing programme is being restructured and expanded for the 2014...More

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    motortrend.com It's a pity that it costs so much to launch a new automotive brand name, because e-Setta (an electric play on*BMW's*classic bubble-car Isetta) was reportedly considered, and might have proved an easier sell for*BMW's*new earth-hugging electrics*...

    gizmag.com e-fox velomobile wants to be your next "car"
    Velomobiles, which can more or less be defined as enclosed human-powered tricycles, come in many shapes and forms. Both the Elf and the Tripod feature an electric-assis

    jalopnik.com This Ferrari-Engined French Quad Is Deeply Crazy And Pretty Stupid
    I like to think there's an ideal owner for every vehicle. Here's what I think the ideal owner for the Wazuma V8F demands: snowmobile seating position, at least 250 HP of Italian power, capable of pants-****tingly terrifying speeds
    FWIW: I want one...winter is coming and this has four wheels.

    jalopnik.com Wisconsin Cops Will Chase You Into A Rally Stage With Their WRX STI
    The police in Greenfield, Wisconsin want you to know that if you break the law, they will chase you anywhere. Neither mud nor ice nor loose gravel

    thechicane.com Stance Works? Day at the Beach
    Stance Works photographers visited the Pebble Beach Concours d?Elegance and the results are magnificent. Somehow I think that photographers Mike Ritter and Andrew Ritter made the slight gloomy weather work to their

    jalopnik.com Tom Cruise Could Play Carroll Shelby In The Movie Of Go Like Hell
    Holy crap, 20th Century Fox is making a movie out of Go Like Hell, the story of how Ford beat Ferrari at Le Mans. Also, some possibly-insane guy named Tom Cruise is probably going to play Carroll Shelby.Read more..

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    cleantechnica.com BMW*Cruise e-Bike 2014 is a ?pedelec,? suggesting that, as you pedal, the Bosch electric motor also puts out 48 Newton meters of torque (35.4 pound-feet) to help you along.

    visordown.com End this motorbike madness
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    motogp.com Friday practices canceled due to weather

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    worldsbk.com Ducati and Alstare end their partnership
    By common agreement, Ducati and Alstare have decided to terminate their partnership, which started in November 2012

    motomatters.com Alstare Split With Ducati In WSBK, Looking To Aprilia?
    After just one year of a two year deal, Alstare and Ducati have agreed to terminated the contract the Belgian Alstare team has to run Ducati's factory World Superbike effort

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    formula1.com Friday analysis - tyres hold key to teams' race prospects
    Despite smoggy skies over the Buddh International Circuit, consistent weather conditions enabled all of the teams to complete their Friday programmes ahead of the 2013 Formula 1 Airtel Indian Grand Prix. High*

    formula1.com How Vettel, Red Bull can be crowned champions in India
    Sebastian Vettel could wrap up a fourth consecutive drivers' title in New Delhi this weekend, with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso now his only championship rival

    f1technical.com Tyre management crucial at India
    Pirelli's choice to bring softer tyres to India has brought its desired effect, as it seems very unlikely that any will will be able to repeat last year's single stop race strategy.

    f1times.com Pirelli threatens to quit if they can't test for '14
    Pirelli says it could be left with no option but to quit Formula 1 at the end of the season if it isn't given the opportunity to test its 2014 tyres ahead of the season.

    bbc.co.uk Williams handed ?51,000 wheel fine
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    bbc.co.uk Only three years old and with two years to run on its contract, India's Grand Prix is already facing an uncertain future. Bringing*Formula 1*to India has cost more than $400m (?246m) and while it attracts some of the world's fastest cars and best*..

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    ?The dream was defined back in 1973, when Bimota officially started manufacturing its first production model, the HB1,? Daniele Longoni says, hinting at his plan for newly Swiss-registered Bimota S.A.

    visordown.com\ KTM RC390 leaked in full
    PICTURES and information about KTM?s RC390 single-cylinder sports bike have leaked from the Canadian KTM website ahead of the bike?s launch at the EICMA show in Milan in early November

    asphaltandrubber.com Leaked Photo of the 2014 Kawasaki Z1000
    We know that Kawasaki plans to update the Z1000 for the 2014 model year, and it looks like our friends at Oliepeil have gotten their hands on one of the first clear photos of the 2014 Kawasaki Z1000.

    visordown.com Drool-worthy new trials bike
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    autoblog.com Video: Nissan ZEOD RC stretches its legs for the first time
    Filed under: Motorsports, Hybrid, Videos, Nissan, Racing Ever see one of those videos where a baby deer is born and immediately starts walking? Well, this isn't one of those.*

    jalopnik.com BMW Has Been Building The Same Car For 51 Years
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