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    Friday, May 06 SBK qualifying analysis

    It should be no surprise to find BMWs Aprilia and Yamaha on the provisional front row. Monza is a track that favors fast muscular bikes like BMW and ApriliaÔÇÖs superbikes as opposed to the Ducati twins. Yamaha is no slouch either but not in the same league as the top two muscle bikes so it draws a bit from DucatiÔÇÖs bailiwick of finesse to keep up with the muscle boys. WorldSBK is road racing not drag racing so all the bikes have to turn as well as go fast.

    WorldSBK provides some great number sheets for race geeks to tear apart. There are a few numbers that I focus in on. Actual Lap Time, Ideal Lap Time, the Gap Time between those two, average speed and maximum speed.

    Ideal Lap and Gap Time may be new numbers for some of you. Each track is broken into sectors with timing telemetry to measure times taken to cover a specific sector. The ideal lap takes a riders best time for each sector, adds them together and the result is a hypothetical Ideal Lap. The Gap time is the difference between the Ideal and Actual best lap time for a session. In theory the smaller the gap time the more likely a rider will be able to string repeated best laps together and achieve a better race result.

    It is far from a perfect science as I practice it but letÔÇÖs have a look at the numbers.

    Leon Haslam:
    Fastest lap Free Practice: 1:44.303 min (P10)/Fastest lap Qualifying Practice 1: 1:42.934 min
    (P1)
    ÔÇ£It was a very good day, and, of course, you are always happy when you are on top. I feel we
    have made a big step forward from Assen. Obviously we were always looking forward to
    Monza as Troy had a good result here last year. The biggest thing I am happy with is that I feel
    overall we have made a step forward with the bike with the way it is working. Now I am looking
    forward to tomorrow. We have a few areas where we need to progress, but we are a lot more
    consistent and I am really happy.ÔÇØ


    In race weekend terms Haslam is not an early riser. First practice is not a predictor but it does set a baseline. After this session he was in P10 with a gap of 0.343 seconds between his actual and ideal lap. The changes made between practice and first qualifying lowered the gap to 0.051 seconds. His average/max speed, in round numbers, went from 199/322 kph to 202/324 kph. With a combination of engine and chassis tuning the 2 additional kph were converted into 3 more average kph. Smooth equals fast.(in most cases, wait for Mad Max)

    Additional changes may be made to the bike based on tyres and HaslamÔÇÖs imput.. Saturday free practice and Qualifying session will help tune the bike. The numbers will give an indication if these changes are working.

    Fastest lap Free Practice: 1:43.765 min (P2)/Fastest lap Qualifying Practice: 1:43.640 min (P8)
    ÔÇ£I am not completely satisfied with todayÔÇÖs result. Although I am provisionally on the second
    row of the grid, I have the feeling the bike does not a hundred percent do what I want it to.
    Engine braking is still a little bit of an issue. This morningÔÇÖs Free Practice session was pretty
    good, but the track temperature was a lot higher in the afternoon session. This affected the
    tyre and the way the bike works. We now have to analyse the data. Still, I am optimistic for
    tomorrowÔÇÖs second Qualifying Session and Superpole Qualifying.ÔÇØ


    Corser must have read and believed the old line ÔÇÿfast on Friday is fast on SundayÔÇÖ. He will improve on the benchmark of first practice numbers but it is more a case of what you see is what you get.

    Corser registered a P2 in the first session with a gap of 0.176 and speed numbers of 200/324 khp. In the qualifying session he narrowed the gap to 0.136 but his speed numbers didnÔÇÖt really change coming in at 200/325. This sounds good for being good on Sunday but dropped him down to P8 in Friday qualifying. In simple terms he improved but others improved more.

    The 2010 World Superstock 1000 Champion may be getting his SBK wheels under him.

    Ayrton Badovini set the fourth fastest time just 342/1000ths from pole man Leon Haslam with the BMW Motorrad Motorsport S 1000 RR.
    Ayrton says: "I am very satisfied. It was the best performance on a track since the start of the adventure for our Superbike team. We have received the updates that have helped us a lot and the team gave us a new set-up for Monza which gave excellent results. We still have to fine-tune some things but I must say that having set the time without using anyone for slip-streaming gives me great confidence. "


    BadoviniÔÇÖs third fastest in the qualifying session turned into a P4 Friday Qualifying result. He and the Italian team were able to narrow his gap from 0.262 to 0.064. It appears most of the work went into finding engine muscle instead of chassis finesse. The first speed results were 200/321 kph and 201/326. Straight line speed does not always mean faster laps; remember even at Monza you have to turn in road racing. The gap indicates he may be able to keep it up over the length of a race.

    If BMW is to move upward in the manufacturer standings he needs to turn in this type of performance on Sunday.


    James Toseland was back on track and covered 14 laps in qualifying, setting the nineteenth fastest time.
    James said: "The most important thing is Ayrton's result. He has the same bike and his achievements are fantastic for the team and for me too. Unlike Assen, where the bike was behind on development, we now have updates and we can see the difference. As far as I'm concerned I'm quite happy to be back on the bike and I want to ride, obviously not pushing for results. I do not want to force things. I need to prevent damaging the wrist which is still recovering. I must think about the next race where I will definitely be fit".



    Toseland is correct in taking a long view. Monza will not make or break his season. Due to his wrist injury he is down on the race count in which to make it; so how did he do?

    He qualified P19 up from P21 in practice. His gap numbers look good. He had the smallest gap time for the Enigma Cavalry off the transporter with a 0.196. This narrowed to 0.096 in qualifying. That is better than Corser. The problem is he lacks pace. With 195/317 in practice and 198/325 his maximum speeds are there but he is taking it easy elsewhere.

    If Toseland can find a bit of pace and energy he could make it into Superpole. Xaus is in P 16 and only 0.757 seconds ahead of him. To catch and pass a rider with that much of a lead is a huge race day task. In qualifying it is a matter of staging and letting it rip on an open track for a single lap. You catch and pass on the clock not the track. It is a long shot but not impossible. The values of grid position v taking a long look for the season can and will be debated. I think and hope he goes for it.

    The rest of the field is a jumble of numbers.

    Checa and his Ducati have dominated the SBK news to this point. Currently he leads the riders championship but is back in P13 after Friday Qualifying. The first Ducati is BergerÔÇÖs in P9 the next is GuintoleÔÇÖs in P12. Monza is dominated by muscular fours not stealthy Ducs.

    Qualifying P2 is filled by Max Biaggi and his Aprilia. Speed is his game. In practice he clocked in at 199/330 kph adding in qualifying to turn in a 202/333. He has 8 kph on Haslam but that advantage turns into an average deficit to the Brit of 0.037 kph and P2. He is the max speed king but you have to turn to get a lap time. Aprilia appears to be counting on speed but the gap times went from 0.277 to 0.295.

    Laverty and his Yamaha are currently in P3. His mix of 201/327 and gap of 0.131 is closer to HaslamÔÇÖs benchmark but not the right balance. Not yet that is.

    This is FridayÔÇÖs analysis, FWIW. Mechanics riders and managers are tinkering as I type. Saturday is another day to improve. The Enigma Riders will need to find more speed while hopefully dialing the bike even further. At Phillip Island Haslam had three perfect qualifying sessions and scored a podium on Sunday. Friday looks good for some good results on Sunday.

    Housekeeping:

    I will make a normal post, or what passes as normal for me, Saturday morning. I have to work while SBK and F1 run qualifying. Work on Saturday calls for an after work ride to get the head cleared. After that I will put together a qualifying review for both. I am off Sunday and will be glued to live timing.
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    Saturday, 7 May


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    Friday leftovers:

    fim-live.com: Haslam holds off record breaker Biaggi

    Troy CorserÔÇÖs official website: Monza ÔÇô First qualifying ÔÇô Troy satisfied with 8th on day one

    Today was not too bad really, and IÔÇÖm pretty satisfied with how things went. The bike felt good in the morning and I was able to get a feel for the track - especially the new layout of first chicane. The entry and exit is much faster now, so that means we all have to adjust our braking points and that took a bit of time. I think the new design is a bit safer, but because we are going though quite a bit faster, you can feel the rollers more than before. We tried some different forks and a rear shock and I think that there is an improvement in bump absorption now. But obviously, we need more time working with this new suspension before we can understand it completely. I sort of feel a bit happier with the old set up at the moment, so weÔÇÖll probably go back to it tomorrow morning. There were no big dramas really except for an incident with Carlos (Checa). He went off the track and then really fast through a gravel trap before rejoining the track just in front of me! It was a pretty close thing and we nearly collided! I think my bike has good speed and is fast here, so I am looking forward to tomorrow and a place on either the front or second row of the grid. If I can do that, then I think I can get a good pair of results on Sunday. See ya, Troy

    hondaproracing.com: Rea fifth at Monza





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    Chris Vermeulen (Kawasaki) did not set a qualifying time on Friday will attempt to set a time in Saturdays pre-Superpole qualifying session.


    worldsbk.com: Striped Pirelli Superpole tyres for 150 years of Italian unity

    Saturday:

    Saturday breaks down into two parts, Qualifying Practice and Superpole, with related but different purposes which point to SundayÔÇÖs races.

    Qualifying Practice for a few it is the last chance to move into the Superpole. For the rest it is the last chance to set up bike and rider to go the distance of the race while measuring you against the competition. Think in terms of being able to go fast for the entire race.

    This session is followed by a three hour break. While other classes play on the track teams transform their bikes and thinking. Sixteen riders will take the track in Superpole looking for three golden laps that will put them on the front row.

    Superpole is the realm of sprints within a sprint racing format. Qualifying tires are sticky round things with short lives that are given to obtain the ultimate in speed and lap times. Mechanics and rides go for setups that have them on the edge of ride ability with the goal of shredding those tires while finding the perfect laps time in that session.

    Riders sit in the pits then move out onto the track in small groups. Look for a rider that will help set your pace but wonÔÇÖt get in your way and slow you down. On the straight tuck in and draft then sling shot into the clear to take the turn at the perfect apex with maximum speed that you and your bike are capable of; then crank on as early as possible to blast into the next bit of straight to do it again and again to set a lap time. Now dive into the pits so you and the bike can catch your breath. Mechanics will check the bike and tweak as needed while you and the team manager look at the times. Do you need to go out and set another lap time to move to the nest round or stay in and save rider and bike?

    Eight riders will find three golden laps that move them through the three rounds of Superpole. Four will find themselves on the front row with the best shot to win the race to turn one.

    This is what Saturday is about.

    Saturday qualifying;

    It is 11:30 in Monza as I type this. Saturday qualifying should be complete but live timing is frozen at th 26ÔÇÖ47 remaining mark. Here are the standings at this point.

    1 91 HASLAM L GBR BMW S1000 RR PIT IN 1'42.934 25
    2 1 BIAGGI M ITA Aprilia RSV4 Factory PIT IN 1'42.953 0.019 34
    3 11 CORSER T AUS BMW S1000 RR PIT IN 1'43.263 0.329 30
    4 58 LAVERTY E IRL Yamaha YZF R1 PIT IN 1'43.265 0.331 33
    5 86 BADOVINI A ITA BMW S1000 RR PIT IN 1'43.276 0.342 25
    6 4 REA J GBR Honda CBR1000RR PIT IN 1'43.321 0.387 24
    7 41 HAGA N JPN Aprilia RSV4 Factory PIT IN 1'43.339 0.405 325,8 23
    8 33 MELANDRI M ITA Yamaha YZF R1 PIT IN 1'43.588 0.654 26
    9 121 BERGER M FRA Ducati 1098R PIT IN 1'43.679 0.745 28
    10 2 CAMIER L GBR Aprilia RSV4 Factory PIT IN 1'43.730 0.796 15
    11 84 FABRIZIO M ITA Suzuki GSX-R1000 PIT IN 1'43.762 0.828 30
    12 7 CHECA C ESP Ducati 1098R PIT IN 1'43.813 0.879 30
    13 66 SYKES T GBR Kawasaki ZX-10R PIT IN 1'43.850 0.916 31
    14 50 GUINTOLI S FRA Ducati 1098R PIT IN 1'43.861 0.927 24
    15 17 LASCORZ J ESP Kawasaki ZX-10R PIT IN 1'44.047 1.113 33
    16 111 XAUS R ESP Honda CBR1000RR PIT IN 1'44.232 1.298 25
    17 96 SMRZ J CZE Ducati 1098R PIT IN 1'44.401 1.467 23
    18 44 ROLFO R ITA Kawasaki ZX-10R PIT IN 1'44.922 1.988 29
    19 52 TOSELAND J GBR BMW S1000 RR PIT IN 1'44.989 2.055 18
    20 8 AITCHISON M AUS Kawasaki ZX-10R PIT IN 1'45.356 2.422 31
    21 32 LAI F ITA Honda CBR1000RR PIT IN 1'45.768 2.834 313,2 24


    I do not know if this is a technical problem or there has been an on track problem that has halted the session. Either way I need to post and go to work. I will post full results of this evening.

    Formula 1

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    F1 2011 Turkish GP Practice 1 Michael Schumacher Spin








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    BMW Motorrad Italia Team - Monza - Practice Day 1
    06.05.2011
    Press Release

    Superstock riders in the BMW Motorrad Italia Superstock team hold the top two places at the end of the first qualifying session. The best time was put in by Lorenzo Zanetti, two-tenths ahead of team-mate Sylvain Barrier. Lorenzo fell below the track record set last year by Ayrton Badovini, also on a BMW, but is yet to beat the unofficial time set by Ayrton.

    QUALIFYNG:
    SUPERSTOCK: 1?? L. Zanetti (BMW) 1'46"381 - 2?? S. Barrier (BMW) + 0.207 - 3?? D. Petrucci (Ducati) + 0.494 - 4?? M. Magnoni (BMW) + 0.591 - 5?? M. Bussolotti (Kawasaki) + 0.632.




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    Berlin. Today, the two millionth motorcycle left the assembly line of the BMW plant in Berlin Spandau. Since 1969, BMW motorcycles have been produced in the factory in Berlin Spandau for the world market. In the course of a presentation ceremony attended by the Governing Mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit, and numerous invited guests, among them the actors Hannes Jaenicke and Gerit Kling, the anniversary bike was presented by motorcycle stunt-riding world champion Chris Pfeiffer. Following, it was handed over to Ren?® Gurka, Manager of Berlin Partner GmbH. It is a BMW R 1200 GS in an exclusive Berlin design. ItÔÇÖs going to be raffled in the industry quiz ÔÇ×Ich bin ein BerlinerÔÇ£ of the industry campaign ÔÇ×be BerlinÔÇ£ÔǪmore



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    Saturday, 7 May Qualifying update

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    Live timing was stopped at 26ÔÇÖ47 remaining in the Second Qualifying session for World Superbike and I did not know if it was a feed problem or a problem on the track. It was the latter.

    Wild card entrant Lai aboard a Honda CBR1000RR had blow his engine spewing oil all over the track. The session was suspended to allow the spill to be cleaned up. When that was completed the session resumed. When all was said and done Haslam was on top in P1 followed by Biaggi in P2, Corser in P3 and Badovini had improved to P5!

    The down note of the only down note for the session came when BMW Motorrad Italia announced Toseland would not be racing anymore this weekend. He had finished the session in P19. Given his condition nothing would be gained. He will be fully fit for the Miller Motorsport Park round in the US Memorial weekend.

    The Saturday Qualifying session has two primary purposes. It is the last chance for teams to tweak their race day setups and the last chance for riders to move up into the Superpole speed quest.

    There is a free practice session between Q2 and Superpole for the advancing riders to prepare for the Superpole. This session ended with Biaggi and Camier, the two Aprilia factory riders on top followed by Haslam and Corser. Biaggi had found 10 kph more in maximum speed than the BMWs. However, this only gave him roughly 0.30 seconds advantage on the BMW riders. Badovini faltered a bit in his setup for the next session and dropped to P13 in the practice time rankings.Superpole still looked to be up for grabs. Teams headed to the pits when the session ended to prepare for what indeed was a very interesting Superpole round.

    BADOVINI ÔÇô P9

    Badovini and BMW Itllia SBK pulled things together. In Superpole one he was able to move up to P10 in the standings and advance to the second round. In this round he came up 0.015 seconds short to Haga and his PATA Racing Team Aprilia and will start SundayÔÇÖs races on the third row in P9.

    "I'm happy but not satisfied. I was hoping to be stronger in practice because the grip has increased significantly but failed to lower the times. What makes me happy is knowing that the pitch is good with race tyres, and tomorrow I hope to be with the leaders at the end of the first lap. I thank the guys that have worked hard over the weekend, and now I will do my best because I want to leave Monza even happier and satisfied with our performance.ÔÇØ

    HASLAM ÔÇô P6

    Tyres have been a recurring mantra in qualifying for BMW Motorrad riders. Once again they played a significant part in HaslamÔÇÖs Superpole results but with a very different twist to the tail.

    As time was running down on Superpole 1 Haslam had not posted a time that would advance him to the second round. A ÔÇÿtechnical problemÔÇÖ is blamed for the problems. What it is remains unclear but he looked to be ready to be someplace on the fourth row if he did not do something radical.

    Teams normally use a hard compound tyre in Superpole 1 saving the saving the soft sticky full qualifying tyres for the second and third rounds. With nothing to loose and everything to gain Haslam went all in and put a set of qualifying tyres on to make one last set of hot laps and hopefully advance to Superpole 2. The prize in this strategy would be a third row start if he could pull it off. He did and finished Superpole 1 in P2 behind Biaggi this time instead of just ahead of him.

    The die was cast in Superpole 1 so the second set of qualifying tyres was put on the bike. The prize for advancing to Superpole 3 would be a second row start at worst. This time he dropped to P6 which was more than good enough to make the list of eight riders to compete in Superpole 3.

    Superpole 3 was run on a racing tyre. In the world of tyres these are sticky thing when compared to anything a normal rider will use but they are not the same as the qualifying tyres the rest of the Superpole 3 riders were sporting. HaslamÔÇÖs time declined once again but to his racing credit he maintained his P6 and Sunday will start both races in striking distance on row two.

    [i] I made a slight mistake in Superpole 1, which meant I went for the qualifying tyre to ensure I posted a quick time, so thatÔÇÖs why my lap time in SP1 was my fastest of the three sessions. In Superpole two I used the second and final set of qualifiers, but again I caught some riders in the wrong place on the track and my lap time wasnÔÇÖt as quick. Still I made it through to Superpole 3. There I was forced to do the whole session on a race tyre, but I still managed sixth place. With regard to tomorrow I am feeling pretty confident, our race pace is good so I am really looking forward to getting out there.[/]


    CORSER P4

    Corser continued to build on the racing success he found earlier in the day. When he described his Superpole experience he sounded like a race instead of a whinny rider blaming tyres or the bike for his performance.

    He finished Superpole 1 in P8. He moved up a position and finished Superpole 2 just behind Haslam in P7. In Superpole 2 apparently came into the left hand chicane that forms turn 3 a bit hot and hit the curb. This cost him a ÔÇÿtenthÔÇÖ but more importantly it altered his approach to that set of corners for the rest of Superpole. He dug a bit deeper in Superpole three putting himself and his S1000 RR on the front row in P4. He will start both races Sunday with a clear view of turn 1 and beyond.

    ÔÇ£I am quite happy with todayÔÇÖs result. I tried to push in Superpole 2 and made a small mistake at La Roggia - I hit the kerbs and lost some time. In Superpole 3 I was a little bit more cautious, and I braked a little sooner. As a result, again I lost a few tenths. The BMW S 1000 RR still does not like to be pushed too much. Nevertheless, I am happy enough as I made it onto the front row for the first time this season. I now hope for a good start and to get through the first chicane without any issues. On the race tyre I have quite a consistently good pace. I think wherever we are after the start, we can also be at the end of the race. I am looking forward to tomorrowÔÇÖs race.ÔÇØ

    Several writers have been quick to point out this is not the best qualifying result for the Enigma riders. That is true; however, looking at the results over the weekend the team looks the best it ever has going into SundayÔÇÖs races.

    I canÔÇÖt wait until Sunday and the green flag.

    Formula 1

    The future of the Turkish GP may be in doubt but this race weekend may go down as one of the best of the season. FridayÔÇÖs wet crash filled practice sessions gave way to dry hot laps on Saturday combined with a few surprises.

    Vettel topped the practice session by just beating out Michael SchumacherÔÇÖs time for the session! Schumacher did not fair as well in qualifying, he has not mastered this type of qualifying, but his teammate Nico Rosberg turned in a P3 performance. Mercedes may have things sorted out with their car finally. Hamilton will start next to Rosberg on the second row behind Vettel and Webber who are hogging the front row again. This is VettelÔÇÖs fifth pole in a row.

    FIA

    Post Qualifying Press Conference

    Classifications
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    Sector Times
    Speed Trap

    I was going to babble on a bit more but was called to the hospital. A new pit crew member almost joined us for race weekend a month early. False alarm all is well.

    Sorry for no pictures. I need a drink.

    Back Sunday with more racing news.
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    SBK Warm up session

    The Warm up session for Sunday’s racing found Haslam back on top of the timing chart. Biaggi was not far behind with a bike that seems to be fully dialed in with a gap time of 0.00. Biaggi was behind on lap time but is 10kph ahead in max speed which may make for challenging racing given Monza’s long straights. Over the length of a lap Haslam could reel Biaggi in but passing would be done on the straight where the Italian could slipstream then pass again.

    Laverty is the lone none BMW/Aprilia in the front seven bikes on the chart. Corser is solidly in fourth on the chart and Badovini in 7th. Rea’s Honda is in P8 0.30 seconds behind Badovini with Melandri behind him. Both can strike to the front but seem to be just a tick off the front pace. Checa is the first Ducati in P10. The race may be stage in Italy but the track does not favor the Italian superbike at all.

    1 91 L. HASLAM GBR BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 1'43.270 8 201,387 321,5

    2 1 M. BIAGGI ITA Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'43.311 0.041 0.041 7 201,307 331,4

    3 58 E. LAVERTY IRL Yamaha World Superbike Team Yamaha YZF R1 1'43.524 0.254 0.213 8 200,893 321,5

    4 11 T. CORSER AUS BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 1'43.692 0.422 0.168 8 200,567 324,7

    5 2 L. CAMIER GBR Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'43.704 0.434 0.012 5 200,544 331,4

    6 41 N. HAGA JPN PATA Racing Team Aprilia Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'43.764 0.494 0.060 6 200,428 324,7

    7 86 A. BADOVINI ITA BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team BMW S1000 RR 1'43.818 0.548 0.054 8 200,324 322,6

    8 4 J. REA GBR Castrol Honda Honda CBR1000RR 1'43.843 0.573 0.025 6 200,275 317,3

    9 33 M. MELANDRI ITA Yamaha World Superbike Team Yamaha YZF R1 1'43.893 0.623 0.050 8 200,179 326,9

    10 7 C. CHECA ESP Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 1'44.011 0.741 0.118 7 199,952 315,2

    11 50 S. GUINTOLI FRA Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing Ducati 1098R 1'44.079 0.809 0.068 6 199,821 317,3

    12 84 M. FABRIZIO ITA Team Suzuki Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'44.110 0.840 0.031 8 199,762 322,6

    13 96 J. SMRZ CZE Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing Ducati 1098R 1'44.346 1.076 0.236 5 199,310 315,2

    14 111 R. XAUS ESP Castrol Honda Honda CBR1000RR 1'44.355 1.085 0.009 8 199,293 316,3

    15 121 M. BERGER FRA Supersonic Racing Team Ducati 1098R 1'44.358 1.088 0.003 6 199,287 305,3

    16 66 T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Superbike Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'44.395 1.125 0.037 6 199,216 317,3

    17 17 J. LASCORZ ESP Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'44.784 1.514 0.389 8 198,477 320,4

    18 8 M. AITCHISON AUS Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'45.514 2.244 0.730 8 197,104 312,2

    19 44 R. ROLFO ITA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'46.200 2.930 0.686 6 195,831 314,2

    20 32 F. LAI ITA Echo Sport Racing Company Honda CBR1000RR 1'46.291 3.021 0.091 8 195,663 314,2

    The weather forecast is for a sunny day in the 70s. This was going to a key for race tire selection as Corser pointed out. The first race is scheduled to begin shortly.
    Pass the mustard and UP THE REVOLUTION!

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    SBK : Race 1 18 Laps

    The live timing board lights up after the race start and the riders reach the first telemetry point. CORSER is in the Lead!

    Lap 2
    Laverty is now show as leader. Biaggi has pass?® Corser.

    Haslam is listed in P 5 and Badovini is way back in P122. The board is a jumble.

    Lap 3

    Milandri briefly lights up a leader then is quickly overtaken by Biaggi who then yields the lead to Laverty.

    Haslam is in P4 having passed teammate Corser. What is up with Badovini? He is listed in P16.

    Lap 4
    In order P1-10
    Laverty
    Biaggi
    Melandri
    Haslam
    Corser
    Fabrizio
    Haga
    Rea
    Checa
    Camier

    Lap 5
    Laverty and Biaggi a breaking out a bit. Haslam passes Milandri for P3 while Corser remains solidly in P5.

    Lap 6
    Haslam is opening a bit of a gap on Melandri. The leaders are dueling. Biaggi shows briefly as leader in the long straight then Laverty takes the lead back.

    Haslam is alone in P3 reeling in the leaders as they duel while opening almost a second lead on Melandri. Fabrizio has passed Corser who is now in P6

    Lap 7
    The leaders seem to be willing to settle in position for now. Dueling is fun for fans but slows racers down. The lead pace picks up as a result and Laverty and Biaggi open up a gap on Haslam again.

    Lap 8
    Badvodini is in P15 now. He must have had a bad start and was caught up by the field and sent back.

    Melandri is going green. This means he is turning his personal bests for sections. He is trying to catch Haslam.

    Lap 9
    The midway point and P1-4 light up the board with personal best times. The hunt is on at full tilt.

    P1-3 are within a second of each other with Melandri not far behind. Fabrizio is over three seconds behind the leader and Corser a second behind him.

    Lap 11
    Badovini has moved up one more spot and start this lap in P 14 on the board.

    Laverty
    Biaggi
    Haslam…No Haslam has passed Biaggi when the first interval lights up! He holds briefly but then is passed by Biaggi as they come back to the start straight.

    Lap 12
    Laverty is clearly breaking away as Biaggi and Haslam duel for P2. Milandri remains close but is not in the duel… yet

    Lap 13
    Badovini lights up gree and is up to P13 now.

    Milandri is tightening up on Haslam putting him in the middle of a sandwich. Haslam must challenge Biaggi while hodling off Melandri.

    Lap 14
    Biaggi breaks away as Haslam defends. This clears the track for the BMW and Haslam opens a bit of a gap on Melandri. Both are lit up green turning in their best times yet.

    Lap 15
    Haslam is holding off Melandri for now.

    Corser is loosing time to Fabrizo and falling into the sites of Rea.

    Badoviniis in P12.
    Lap 16

    Haslam and Melandri go green again! Melandri is pushing.

    Rea passes Coser putting the Aussie and his BMW in P7.

    The last Lap
    P1-4 all are green pushing for the final lap. Haslam continues to hold a 0.30 second gap on Melandri. The track in front is open for him.

    HASLAM PODIUMS IN P3!!!


    1 58 LAVERTY E IRL Yamaha YZF R1 PIT IN 1'43.324 18

    2 1 BIAGGI M ITA Aprilia RSV4 Factory PIT IN 1'43.332 1.575 18

    3 91 HASLAM L GBR BMW S1000 RR PIT IN 1'43.361 3.078 18

    4 33 MELANDRI M ITA Yamaha YZF R1 PIT IN 1'43.321 3.255 18

    5 84 FABRIZIO M ITA Suzuki GSX-R1000 PIT IN 1'43.275 11.812 18

    6 4 REA J GBR Honda CBR1000RR PIT IN 1'43.959 12.371 18

    7 11 CORSER T AUS BMW S1000 RR PIT IN 1'43.589 13.280 18

    8 2 CAMIER L GBR Aprilia RSV4 Factory PIT IN 1'44.210 17.419 18

    9 7 CHECA C ESP Ducati 1098R PIT IN 1'43.868 17.569 18

    10 96 SMRZ J CZE Ducati 1098R PIT IN 1'44.187 18.420 18

    11 86 BADOVINI A ITA BMW S1000 RR PIT IN 1'43.971 20.031 18

    12 50 GUINTOLI S FRA Ducati 1098R PIT IN 1'44.024 20.405 18

    13 66 SYKES T GBR Kawasaki ZX-10R PIT IN 1'44.002 26.693 18

    14 121 BERGER M FRA Ducati 1098R PIT IN 1'45.047 38.429 18

    15 111 XAUS R ESP Honda CBR1000RR PIT IN 1'44.876 40.164 18

    16 41 HAGA N JPN Aprilia RSV4 Factory PIT IN 1'43.544 49.081 18

    17 8 AITCHISON M AUS Kawasaki ZX-10R PIT IN 1'45.633 57.930 18

    18 32 LAI F ITA Honda CBR1000RR PIT IN 1'45.850 1'03.039 18

    RET 17 LASCORZ J ESP Kawasaki ZX-10R RETIRED 1'43.764 9 Laps 315,2 9

    RET 44 ROLFO R ITA Kawasaki ZX-10R RETIRED 1'45.646 12 Laps 6


    Three hours to Race 2 (9:30 Eastern). I am off the Turkey to check in on F1. The Turkish GP starts at 8 AM Eastern.
    Pass the mustard and UP THE REVOLUTION!

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    Formula 1

    The race is scheduled to start shortly. I will be watching and taking race notes until the end or it is time for SBK Race 2.

    Live timing just came up

    Vettel and Webber on row one again for Red Bull. Vettel the favorite but Webber could pip his teammate.

    Rosberg and Hamilton on row two. Rosberg is proud of the improvements made by Mercedes but historically is a better at practice and qualifying than racing. Hamilton is quietly determined this weekend. For the field this is a dangerous combination.

    Alonso and Button on row three. Either could podium but neither will win.

    Petrov and Schumacher on row four. Both have the potential to pull an upset, not a win but an upset strong finish.

    Heidfeld and Massa on row five round out the top ten.

    Glock in P 21 is listed in the pit with gearbox trouble

    Weather is good as the formation lap begins.

    Red lights are on  they go green and we are racing.

    Into turn one Vettel Rosberg Webber Hamilton Alonso
    Hamilton goes wide and loses positions to Alonso and Button.

    Lap 2 of 58
    Glock is still in the pit and listed as retired.
    Perez ducks in to replace a damaged nose on his Sauber. Paging the race officials.

    Lap 3 of 58
    Barrichello has passed Heidfeld.
    Schumacher pits for a new nose on his Benz there are stories here.

    Vettel has a 2.4 lead on Rosberg in P2. Webber is pushing the German hard

    Lap 4 of 58
    Alonso and Button remain ahead of Hamilton. Hamilton looks to be faster than Button who is losing ground to Alonso.

    Lap 5 of 58
    VettelÔÇÖs lead is now 4.4 seconds but it is in front of Webber now who has taken P2 from Rosberg. He used the DRS to pull off the pas.

    Lap 6 of 50
    The Red Bulls are pulling away. Vettels lead is up a tenth over Webber whose lead over Rosberg is now shown at 1.8 seconds.

    Lap 7 of 58

    Rosberg is under attack by Alonso
    Hamilton passes Button
    Alonso passes Rosberg for P3

    Lap 8 of 58
    Petrov heads into the pits.
    Button retakes Hamilton in turn one.
    Apparently PetrovÔÇÖs stop was scheduled, he is in and out quickly. Strategy?

    Lap 9
    Massa then Hamilton dive into the pits. These are short runs for tyres. They run side by side down the pit.

    Lap 10
    More pit action as, with the exception of Vettel the ramiang top ten head into the pits. Oops Button has not pitted yet.

    Lap 11
    Vettel pits
    Button is in the leads but it will not be for long Vettel rejoins in P2 and has a stop in hand on Button.

    Massa goes purple setting a new fast la.

    Lap 12
    Now Webber takes his turn at fast lap.

    Kobayashi in his Sauber is making an appearance in the top 10 in P5 but has yet to make his first stop.

    Lap 13
    Button pits relinquishing the lead to Vettel. He rejoins in P7

    Lap 14
    Kobayashi pits from 5th

    After this round of pit stops the top ten is
    Vettel
    Webber
    Alonso
    Hamilton
    Rosberg
    Massa
    Button
    Petrov
    Heidfeld
    Buemi ÔÇô there is a name I have not used in a while.

    Schumacher pits for a second time form P 15 changes tyres and is out. Not the either he or I expected for him.

    Lap 16
    In the top 10 Rosberg is the only driver being challenged. Massa is on his tail and pressing.

    Currently the gap from P1 to P10 is shown at 29.3 seconds. Let the mid race parade begin.

    Live timing reports that Di Resta and Schumacher mad contact as the Scot passed the German. Paging the race Stewards

    Lap 19
    Massa continues to pressure Rosberg but can not make it around.
    Perez in P17 takes his Sauber purple setting a new fast lap.

    Petrov into the pits. He set off the last round of pit stops.

    Lap 20
    Massa takes Rosberg
    Hamilton into the pits from P4, Massa could pick up another position Hamilton rejoins in P10

    Lap 21
    Webber pits form P2. If the pattern holds Vettel will pit next lap. He currently has a 7.5 second lead on Alonso.

    Lap 22
    Massa and Rosberg traded positions sometime during the last lap then Massa made a move and brought button with him dropping Rosberg two spots to P7 in the current order.

    Lap 23
    Alonso pits from P2. He has enough of a lead on Webber he may rejoin in position.
    Vettel has yet to pit.
    Alonso lights up as pit out and Massa immediately lights up as pit in.

    Lap 24
    Rosberg and Heidfeld pit at the same time.

    Lap 26
    Vettel pits but has a 23.1 second lead on Webber when he does and returns to the race still in the lead.
    Massa goes purple.
    Button is in P4 currently but is the only one of the top 10not to have made a second stop

    Lap 26
    Alonso goes purple once again. The Ferraris like fresh rubber.
    Button pits. He rejoins in P7 ahead of Rosberg.
    Schumacher has cracked the to 10 but still has not made his second tyre stop.

    Lap 27
    VettelÔÇÖs tyres are warm and he sets a new fast lap. His lead over Webber is 8.5 seconds and 9.1 over Alonso.

    Lap 28
    The two duels in the top 10 are Petrov/Massa over P5 and Rosberg/Heidfeld over P8.

    Lap 29
    45.1 seconds currently separate Vettel in P1 and Schumacher in P10

    Lap 30
    Alonso finds a way around Webber. Sneaky devil I didnÔÇÖt see that coming just yet.

    The field now is
    Vettel
    Alonso
    Webber
    Hamilton
    Petrov
    Massa
    Button
    Rosberg
    Heidfeld
    Buemi

    Schumacher pits and gives up P10 to Buemi. He rejoins in P14

    Lap 32
    Petrov has his hands full holding off Massa and Button. 0.6 seconds separate the three.

    Up front Vettel has a 8.9 second lead on Alonso and 11.3 seconds on Webber. Hamilton in P4 is 27.9 seconds behind leader. Then a huge gap to Petrove who is 46.6 behind the leader and in the fight.

    Lap 34
    Hamilton pits and should hold his position
    Petrov pits as does Massa while button stays on track.

    Lap 35
    Hamilton has troubles in the pit and will lose spots he should have held.

    Lap 36
    Alonso pits ÔÇô he rejoins in P2 holding tha position.
    Heidfeld pits
    Hamilton goes purple ÔÇô this time for speed not anger.

    Lap 37
    Webber pips Hamilton for fast lap

    Lap 38
    No it is AlonsoÔÇÖs turn to show off and take fast lap.

    Vettel has yet to make his third stop, assuming he will. He currently has a 25.0 second lead on Alonso. The Ferraris are fast on new tires but seem to eat their speed up fairly quickly.

    Lap 39
    Button pits from P4

    Lap 40
    Vettel pitswill he get out cleanly? Can Alonso close the gap enough to make a challenge for the lead? He goes purple in the last sector. Vettel has a smooth pit and holds the lead.

    Lap 41
    VettelÔÇÖs lead is down to 7.1 seconds but he has fresh tyres.

    The top ten have all made their third stop the field order is
    Vettel
    Alonso
    Webber
    Hamilton
    Rosberg
    Button
    Petrov
    Heidfeld
    Massa
    Schumacher who is 61.1 seconds behind Vettel. But 2.7 seconds ahead of Buemi in P11.

    10.5 seconds separate Vettel in P1 and his teammate Webber in P3 then there is a 31.7 second gap to Hamilton in P4.

    Lap 43
    Live timing is reporting Vettel is not expected to pit again but Alonso Webber and Hamilton are. Button is not but Rosberg does as I am typing. 4th stop for a fresh set of softs.

    Lap 45
    Buemi has overtaken Schumacher for P10 Live timing describes him as crusing past Schumacher.
    Schumacher pits.

    Lap 46
    Alonso and Hamilton pit

    Lap 47
    Vettel was not expected to pit but does. Webber sets a new fast lap.
    Apparently Vettel and Red Bull donÔÇÖt want to take any chances with Alonso and his fresh rubber.

    Lap 49
    Webber has narrowed the gap to Alonso to 1.1 seconds.
    Vettel has fresh rubber, an open track and a teammate engaging the enemy in a duel that could slow him down. Things look good for the reigning champion to notch another win.

    Lap 51
    7 laps to go but 7 minutes to SBK Race 2. I have the SBK live timing up on my netbook and F1 on the home box.

    Lap 52
    Webber has taken P2 from Alonso.
    Alonso makes two attempts to repass but fails

    Lap 53
    Webber now is show with a 1.1 second lead on Alonso. Hamilton remains a distant fourth a full 32.8 seconds behind P3.

    Lap 54
    Alonso loses precious tenths to Webber again.

    Rosberg just passed Button for P5.

    Lap 55
    My alarm just went off I am switching focus to SBK. Dang.

    Chequered Flag

    The provisional top 10

    1 Vettel
    2 Webber
    3 Alonso
    4 Hamilton
    5 Rosberg
    6 Button
    7 heidfeld
    8 Buemi ÔÇô Good for him and Torro Rossi
    9 Petrov
    10 Kobayashi and his Sauber
    Out of the points
    11 Massa
    12 Schumacher
    Pass the mustard and UP THE REVOLUTION!

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    SBK Race 2

    The grid resets to the original starting order.

    Corser is on the front row again but has a history of fading in the second race. Haslam has to be fired up after Race 1ÔÇÖs podium; can he repeat? Will Badovini pull off a better start>

    Race 2
    Disaster on the first lap!

    Haslam and Smrz are listed as crashed and Rea is out with no notation The field is a jubble

    Biaggi takes the early lead bringing Camier along with him for a current 1-2 for Aprilia

    Lap 6 of 18
    The filed has strung out. Biaggi has a 4 second lead over Camier who has a 2 second lead over Corser in 3rd

    Lap 7
    Corser drops to P6 as Melandri Haga and Fabrizio pass him. Race 1 winner Laverty is right behind him.

    Badovini is in P10

    Lap 8
    Biaggi adds another second to his lead and is running away.

    Camier crashes!!

    Laverty overtakes Corser but with the crash Corser is still in P6.

    Lap 9
    At the midway point the top 10 are
    Biaggi
    Melandri
    Fabrizio
    Haga
    Layverty
    Corser
    Checa
    Badovini
    Guintoli
    Sykes
    The rookie Italian WSS Champion is having a much better Race 2 even without the help of crashes.

    Lap 11
    Laverty has moved to P3 potentially putting two Yamahas on the podium.

    Lap 12
    Corser remains in P6 and is lighting up the board green along with others. The last dash for Sunday points is on.

    Lap 13
    Corser has a 1.8 second lead over ChecaÔÇÖs Ducati who in turn has a 4 second lead over Badovini.

    Lap 14
    Major problem for Biaggi who falls to P11!!!!

    Melandri
    Laverty
    Fabrizio Haga
    Croser
    Checa
    Guintoli
    Badvodini
    Lascorz
    And Sykes are ahead of him now.

    No news on what happened but in the process Badovini lost a position to Guintoli

    Lap 15
    Corser is now in P5 and just shy of 4 seconds ahead of Checa.

    Lap 16
    Badovini has retaken position from Guitoli and back in P7.

    Biaggi has fought back to P9

    Last Lap
    Badovini has taken P6 from Checa bringing Guitoli along with him in the process. This is shaping up to be a big improvement for the BMW Italia rider and team.

    Chequered Flag

    1 58 LAVERTY E IRL Yamaha YZF R1 PIT IN 1'43.220 18

    2 33 MELANDRI M ITA Yamaha YZF R1 PIT IN 1'43.662 0.327 18

    3 84 FABRIZIO M ITA Suzuki GSX-R1000 PIT IN 1'43.640 2.466 18

    4 41 HAGA N JPN Aprilia RSV4 Factory PIT IN 1'43.853 2.583 18

    5 11 CORSER T AUS BMW S1000 RR PIT IN 1'44.040 4.502 18

    6 86 BADOVINI A ITA BMW S1000 RR PIT IN 1'43.553 10.865
    18

    7 50 GUINTOLI S FRA Ducati 1098R PIT IN 1'44.353 11.038 18

    8 1 BIAGGI M ITA Aprilia RSV4 Factory PIT IN 1'43.023 18.724 18

    9 17 LASCORZ J ESP Kawasaki ZX-10R PIT IN 1'44.049 20.093 18

    10 7 CHECA C ESP Ducati 1098R PIT IN 1'44.075 20.376 18

    11 66 SYKES T GBR Kawasaki ZX-10R PIT IN 1'44.142 21.111 18

    12 111 XAUS R ESP Honda CBR1000RR PIT IN 1'45.286 28.608 18

    13 44 ROLFO R ITA Kawasaki ZX-10R PIT IN 1'45.414 33.459 18

    14 8 AITCHISON M AUS Kawasaki ZX-10R PIT IN 1'45.489 42.810 18

    15 32 LAI F ITA Honda CBR1000RR PIT IN 1'46.279 55.759 18

    RET 121 BERGER M FRA Ducati 1098R RETIRED 1'45.360 5 Laps 13

    RET 2 CAMIER L GBR Aprilia RSV4 Factory RETIRED 1'43.497 11 Laps 321,5 7

    RET 96 SMRZ J CZE Ducati 1098R RETIRED 242,7 0

    RET 91 HASLAM L GBR BMW S1000 RR RETIRED 237,4 0
    RET 4 REA J GBR Honda CBR1000RR RETIRED 226,9 0

    I will update with any news on HaslamÔÇÖs crash and condition. I will have full results and news in MondayÔÇÖs post.

    Now it is off a late family breakfast and see how my daughter is doing.
    Pass the mustard and UP THE REVOLUTION!

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    BMW Motorrad Motorsport - WSBK - Monza – Races
    08.05.2011
    Press Release
    Weather conditions: Sunny.
    Temperature: Air: 24 – 30 ??C, Track: 40 – 48 ??C
    Number of riders participating: 20 from 13 teams
    Fastest lap Race 1: Michel Fabrizio (Team Suzuki Alstare) 1:43.275 min
    Fastest lap Race 2: Max Biaggi (Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team) 1:43.023 min

    Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport celebrates another podium in the FIM Superbike World Championship. In the fourth round of the 2011 season at Monza (ITA), works rider, Leon Haslam (GBR), finished third in race one. In the second race Leon was involved in a crash involving several riders in the first chicane, and was forced to retire. His team mate, Troy Corser (AUS), finished the races in seventh and fifth respectively. In the riders’ championship Leon Haslam is now sixth (84 points), while Troy has moved up to 11th (46 points). In the manufacturers’ standings BMW has moved up to fourth with 101 points…more

    Troy Corser’s official website;
    Tyre issues prevented Troy from mounting a podium challenge in both 18-lap races in Monza today and was disappointed because the signs were there that today could’ve been a repeat of his podium here last year. He made a superb start to the Race 1 and led the field going into turn one. But he began to suffer tyre problems as early as the third lap and was unable to push hard enough to keep in contention with the leaders. He made another good start in Race 2 and once again led the pack down the long straight and into the first chicane, before being passed by Max Biaggi (Aprilia). This time, Troy’s tyres lasted better. He was going well until he was squeezed out of turn one by Melandri and lost some time and from then on, it was difficult to regain the ground lost. Briton Eugene Laverty (Yamaha) opened his World Superbike account by winning the first race, with Max Biaggi (Aprilia) second and Troy’s team mate Leon Haslam (BMW) third. He then followed it up by winning race two, after leader Biaggi was forced to take a ride through penalty after failing to take the correct line after cutting the first chicane. This time Marco Melandri (Yamaha) was second, with Michel Fabrizio (Suzuki) third. Troy - Race 1: 7th, Race 2: 5th I have some mixed feelings about today. I am happy how the races went, but disappointed with the results because they could’ve (and should’ve) been better. After the way the bike has been this weekend, I really thought I could get a podium or two and I think that would’ve been achievable, if if had not been for some issues I had with the tyres. In the first race, I got a good start and led going into the first chicane. After just three laps the rear started to go off and by lap nine it was finished. From then, it was a matter of survival. There were a few times when I nearly crashed, but I was determined to keep going and finish the race. We hardly changed the bike at all for race two - maybe just a click on the preload to put a bit more weight on the rear. I led off the line and was feeling pretty comfortable in the top three until lap seven when I got squeezed out of the first turn by Melandri. I lost some time because of that and dropped to sixth place as a result. This year’s series is so competitive, that when you lose even just a little time, it is very hard to make it up again. I got stuck in sixth, but then moved up a place when Max (Biaggi) had to take his ride through penalty. The bike felt good today, so it’s shame we had some tyre consistency problems because otherwise I’m sure we would’ve ended up on the podium. It’s kind of frustrating when you know you could’ve done better, but that’s racing sometimes. See ya, Troy




    Twitter: realleonhaslam: Happy with race 1 but bad race 2, taken out at first chicane and now have a broken toe, nice. That will be fun for testing this week.

    Twitter: realleonhaslam: All good though, just had an awesome pizza with jamie whit and jack b at Orsa Bruno. Best pizza ever.
    Leonhaslam.com : Haslam grabs podium finish the crashes in Italy

    LEON HASLAM secured a second podium finish of the 2011 World Superbike Championship with third place in Sunday’s opening race of the fourth round at Monza in Italy before crashing out at the first corner of the second race.

    The BMW rider was fastest in qualifying after Friday’s and Saturday’s action and eventually, after Superpole, qualified in sixth place on the grid aboard his S1000RR machine.

    The opening 18-lap race at the high-speed historic venue near Milan featured a thrilling 200mph fight as Haslam held third place for much of the time, easing into second place briefly before crossing the finish line for his sixth top five finish from seven races.

    “I felt that I could run the pace to win the race,” explained Haslam who finished just 3.078s behind winner Eugene Laverty of Ireland. “But I got involved in a fight with Max Biaggi and we slowed each other up and allowed Eugene Laverty to get an advantage.”

    He continued: “Biaggi then got away from me and I spent the closing stages of the race just defending third place from Marco Melandri. It’s nice to be on the podium again though.”

    Haslam’s second race ended at the tricky first chicane at Monza as he and two other riders all crashed in the hectic first corner tussle. Haslam suffered a broken toe as he endured a first non-finish of the year.

    “I was hit from behind at the first corner and that’s about all I know,” said Haslam. “It was the end of the race for me which is a major disappointment. I’ve a broken toe on my right foot but it won’t affect the testing we’ve got coming up or the next round in America.”

    He concluded: “The BMW team has done a lot of work since Holland three weeks ago and we definitely have an improved machine this weekend. The next few races look promising and I’m hopeful that it won’t be too long before I can get my first win on a BMW.”

    BMW Motorrad Italia Superbike Team - Monza – Race
    08.05.2011
    Press Release
    Potentially better results could have been scored by BMW Motorrad Italia Superbike team at Monza in the fourth round of the World Superbike Championship. Ayrton Badovini – the sole rider after James Toseland was forced to sit out the races - took a good sixth place, which could have been complemented by an equally good result in race one. ..more

    Suzuki-racing.com: Fabrizio races to Monza WSB podium


    Rider Standings after Monza
    Carlos Checa Ducati 145

    Marco Melandri Yamaha 118

    Max Biaggi Aprilia 117

    Jonathan Rea Honda 89

    Eugene Laverty Yamaha 85

    Leon Haslam BMW 84

    Michel Fabrizio Suzuki 74

    Leon Camier Aprilia 58

    Jakub Smrz Ducati 55

    Noriyuki Haga Aprilia 47

    Troy Corser BMW 46

    Ayrton Badovini BMW 35

    Tom Sykes Kawasaki 34

    Joan Lascorz Kawasaki 33

    Ruben Xaus Honda 31

    Sylvain Guintoli Ducati 29

    Roberto Rolfo Kawasaki 15

    Mark Aitchison Kawasaki 9

    Maxime Berger Ducati 5

    Barry Veneman BMW 3

    Joshua Waters Suzuki 3

    James Toseland BMW 2

    Fabrizio Lai Honda 1

    Bryan Staring Kawasaki 1

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    STK1000 Race - Monza 2011


    World Superstock 1000 – BMW Italia
    In Superstock after the retirement of Sylvain Barrier in the first part of the race with engine failure, came the glory. Lorenzo Zanetti took his second victory in two successive Sundays by beating Davide Giugliano (Ducati) in the sprint by just 65 thousandths of a second. With this win Zanetti is now third in the FIM Cup and sits just thirteen points behind the leader.



    bmw-motorsport.com: Priaulx and Alzen score podium result for BMW in Spa.
    The second round of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup (ILMC) again saw a BMW M3 GT finishing in the top three of the GTE Pro class on Saturday. Andy Priaulx and Uwe Alzen claimed third for BMW Team Schnitzer in Spa-Francorchamps.


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    FWIW

    This is the point where a racing journalist would write an analysis of the race weekend and give you some great insight into cause and effect. I am not a racing journalist. I am a fan with a recurring thread on a website, but here is my analysis of the race weekend and my insight into the cause and effect.

    I had fun because there was some real racing. I don’t know what you saw, if you watched, and how you felt about that or walked away with. In the oddball way in which I watch a race I had great fun.

    Later in the week I may sort through some things I noticed over the weekend. But on a Sunday evening in May I am pleased that everyone I followed this weekend came away relatively unscathed; a few broken bones and such but alive and relatively unscathed. Riders and drivers that I root for did well and poorly. I saw many adverts and will buy some of the products. Perhaps not because they were advertised in relations to racing but I will let marketing people worry about that.

    Racing is many things to me, but on this weekend it was good entertainment.

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    worldsbk.com: Irish eyes certainly smiling at Monza

    aprilia.com: A decision from race officials deprives Max Biaggi a victory at Monza

    FIM Videos: 2011 FIM Superbike World Championship ÔÇô Monza


    sucati.com: Checa and the Althea Racing Team limit the damage in todayÔÇÖs SBK races at the Monza

    Normally I donÔÇÖt like it when the refs get involved in a way that determines the outcome of any sport. Drive through penalties, such as Biaggi suffered at Monza, leave me with mixed emotions.

    To the credit of the stewards they saw the error, made a ruling and the penalty was handed down during the race. I really donÔÇÖt like post race time penalties that change outcomes.

    Aprilia management argues Mad Max gained no advantage by the error and the stewards should have dealt with it in another manner if at all. This is an appealing argument on many levels allowing for discretion and magnanimity the just leaves you feeling so superior when you do it.

    Drive through penalties suck. I would like to be more eloquent or magnanimous but that is the long and short of it. Monza is the Cathedral of Speed but as I wrote often over the weekend this is road racing and you have to be able to turn as well a go fast. Mad Max was going to fast to properly turn. His competitors were slowing down to make the turn as track and rules require. We can debate the relative advantage or lack of advantage in the incident, but this is road racing and you have to turn as well as go fast on the straights.

    FWIW: I may not like it; however, I give this one to the race stewards.


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    Video: Round 4 of the 2011 MotoGP World Championship, the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France, takes place at Le Mans where a number of close rivalries will once more come to the fore.

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    formula1.com: Turkey analysis ÔÇô Ferrari fight back begins?
    Perhaps, but they are just one of many that are showing they are getting things sorted out and Red Bull have learned their lessons

    autosport.com: Ground effects return to be called off
    Good!

    autosport.com: F1 figures defend overtaking changes

    f1technical.net: All new front wing and nose package on VJM04

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    BMW Z4 GT3 scores triple podium in Portugal ÔÇô Next up: the N??rburgring-Nordschleife.

    BMW private teams kicked off the FIA GT3 European Championship in style last weekend. Need for Speed Team Schubert claimed a one-two with the BMW Z4 GT3 at the first race of the year in Portim?úo (PT). Edward Sandstr?Âm (SE) and Abdulaziz Turki Al Faisal (SA) crossed the line first, followed by team-mates Claudia H??rtgen (DE) and Csaba Walter (HU). The final spot on the podium also went to a BMW pairingÔǪ.read more

    BMW alla Mille Miglia 2011
    ÔÇó 09.05.2011
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    Monaco/Brescia. Early examples of the BMW 328 began in June 1936, and no one imagined that it would be coming soon in the legend. 75 years later, BMW has 12 copies of the BMW 328 Mille Miglia classic, held from 12 to 14 may with the traditional path Brescia-Roma-Brescia. "La Mille Miglia race is still linked to the fame of the BMW 328," says Karl Baumer, head of BMW Group Classic. "For this reason, we arrived in Italy with a record number of BMW 328: even a dozen, as we did last year." The starting line, in addition to recur as standard models, race cars driven by BMW 328 Touring Coup?®, winner of Mille Miglia, and once again the BMW 328 Kamm Coup?®, this out of the race. This car, which they believed disappeared last year celebrated its first appearance at the "Mille Miglia".

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    bsmotoring.com: Honda CBR250R Real world test Red Alert!
    What ever you think of India in other areas they have honed view of sub 350cc motorcycles that comes from years of experience.

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    BMW just touted their 2 millionth Berlin assembled motorrad Triumph ticks off 500k


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    BMW Group expands its activities in China
    09.05.2011
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    Note: This press release is a 1:1 copy of the original issued by BMW headquarters in Germany. No adaptations have been made to cater for the UK market.

    Further extensive investment in China planned

    Party Secretary of Liaoning Province Wang visits BMW Group

    Munich. The BMW Group is planning further expansion of its activities in China in the future. BMW Group vehicles are very popular in China. We anticipate that this growth will continue in the future. Therefore, together with our Joint Venture partner Brilliance we will increase the previously announced investment of 560 million euros in our Chinese facility in Shenyang to around one billion euros, announced Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Norbert Reithofer, during the visit of the Party Secretary of the Chinese province of Liaoning, Wang Min, in Munich on Mondayread more

    BMW makes buying easier with new eBay store
    ÔÇó 09.05.2011
    ÔÇó Press Release
    BMW will start selling parts and accessories direct to owners for the first time, thanks to a new partnership with eBay, the leading online retailer. ÔÇÿBMW DirectÔÇÖ, now live on eBay.co.uk, will satisfy the growing demand from motor enthusiasts for purchasing original parts online.

    Previously, BMW owners wanting to pick up Genuine Parts have had to place their order via one of the many dealerships. With its new store on eBay, as well as merchandise BMW fans will be able to buy genuine BMW parts and accessories such as brake discs and car care products direct from the carmaker.

    This is BMWÔÇÖs first venture into e-commerce and will allow the carmaker to reach those customers not accustomed to visiting a BMW dealer regularly.

    BMW, the first carmaker to open a store on eBay UK, joins over 100 other well-known fashion and home brands already selling new and fixed price goods direct to their customers via eBayÔÇÖs UK site. Motor parts and accessories is one of the most popular categories among eBayÔÇÖs 96 million active users worldwide.

    All items sold through BMW Direct are offered from stock with free postage and packaging and are covered by a full two year BMW warranty. BMW UK will handle the shop front of BMW Direct with the processing of orders being handled by BMW Park Lane in London.
    Carl Sanderson, General Manager Aftersales Development, said: ÔÇ£As a premium car manufacturer, we are always interested in understanding customer preferences when it comes to buying products. We recognise that there are customers who wish to buy BMW products but do not necessarily want to travel to a BMW dealer to make a purchase.

    ÔÇ£As such we see eBay as the perfect solution for them. By embracing this modern retailing approach, we believe we can engage with and satisfy a number of additional customers through what is a new retail channel for BMW.ÔÇØ

    Angus McCarey, UK Retail Director of eBay, said: ÔÇ£eBay UK is home to over 100 leading brands who realise the added value an eBay shop brings, whether they are already selling online or not. There are over 600,000 searches for BMW every month on eBay and BMW will now be able to access this existing, yet untapped customer base, while increasing its reach to the millions of other consumers who buy and sell on the site.ÔÇØ

    To see what is on offer at BMW Direct visit http://goo.gl/gyQQf




    FWIW

    Roehr Motorcycles has announced its 2011 e-SuperSport. This is the electric variant of a project that started out with a Harley-Davidson power plant several years ago. The package is attractive enough but will it appeal to more than the early adopter crowd?

    At over $18,000 out the door you get a top speed of over 100 mph. More than enough top speed to get me into trouble canyon carving.

    What is more likely to get me in trouble is the 75 mile range before recharge. Peanut gas tanks on old Sportsters gave a range of just over 100 miles. The joke among my garage mates was that was just about as far as you would want to ride one before taking a break. A 75 mile rage with a 7 hour recharge time would work for my daily commuting needs nicely. Unlike the peanut tank Sportster I may forget the 100 mile range of the Roehr. A smooth electric SuperSport with linear torque and just under 70 hp may cause me to forget my turn around point is actually my point of no return.









    A nice bike with much potential but still not enough range for me to part with $18K+.



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    They are in Italian but this is the long version of the Monza Races





    Miller Motorsport Park is next, take two laps with Ben Bostrom


    gpone.com: Checa ÔÇô ÔÇ£I barely made itÔÇØ


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    jamesallenonf1.com: Why the Turkish GP turned out as it did ÔÇô Strategy anaylysis

    reuters.com: Barrichello fears for Monaco safety with new wing

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    BMW PressClub Japan: BMW announces the arrival of the K1600GTL in Japan
    10.05.2011 Press release
    BB m & w Corporation (President and Representative Director: Roland Kruger), BMW announced the first series 6-cylinder engine with the new BMW K 1600 GTL , in the BMW Motorrad dealers across the country to start selling from June 10, 2011.

    RANKIN: SPIRIT OF ECSTASY ÔÇô AN ART COMMISSION FOR ROLLS-ROYCE MOTOR CARS
    ÔÇó 10.05.2011
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    In the year that celebrates the centenary of the Spirit of Ecstasy, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars today announced details of a very special commission. Over the next months, 100 images inspired by the Spirit of Ecstasy - the figurine famed for its prominent and defining position on the bonnet of every Rolls-Royce - will be captured by renowned photographer Rankin. The first two images in the Rankin: Spirit of Ecstasy collection are revealed today.




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    worldsbk.com: Addendum to the invitation to tyre supplye tender
    SBK is looking for tenders from tyre makers and tire makers to supply the series for the 2013-2014-2015 seasons. This is not unusual but not unwelcome if you are a BMW fan. Pirelli may end up continuing to be the supplier but we can hope that a manufacturer of tyres more S 1000 RR friendly gets the nod. BMW and its riders have had trouble managing the degradation of tyres over a race and the variance of tyre quality over the race weekend. Pirelli F1 tyres have drawn very mixed reviews in that racing theater. In the long run F1 experience and funding may help with the SBK issues. Time and tender responses will tell.

    MotoGP

    motogp.com: Bridgestone bringing new asymmetric rear slick to Le Mans
    Single compound tyres are just that, made of a single compound over the entire surface of the slick. Dual compounds will normally have a hard

    fim-live.com: The Ducati Marlboro Team returns to Le Mans circuit

    DAD! Val and Casey are fighting again!
    motomatters.com: Rossi claims Stoner “obstructed” him at Estoril test

    Formula 1

    reuters.com: Renault looking to supply engines to a fourth F1 team
    After ‘Crash Gate’ it looked like Renault would exit F1 altogether. The request to supply a fourth team is a big turn around for them. The final response from the FIA may speak volumes about the importance of Cosworth the series as an engine supplier.

    f1technical.net looks at the first major sevelopment step for Ferrari. Alonso and his red Prancing Horse had a good result in Turkey. It was good enough that Alonso is talking about mounting a title challenge

    Gee Fernando I thought that was why you guys built the car and paid the entry fee in the first place. Never Mind.

    formula1.com: Boullier – Kubica’s condition continually improving

    The F1 rumor mill has been full of speculation that Schumi will not finish the season. Former teammate Johnny Herbert is the most recent voice in the chorus of people saying the fun is gone and the former champ will end his return sooner than latter. Over the years Schumi and his manager have used the German paper Bild as their “official – unofficial” press agent to respond to the world and its speculations.

    Schumi did not have the result he hoped for at Turkey but from what I read and saw he had a good race weekend. The RB car, that’s Ross Brawn not Red Bull, is finally working with him instead of against him. There are many races left in the season so time will tell. My money is on Schumi finishing the season and the life of this F1 formula. I don’t see him going beyond that.

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    BMW Motorrad Brazil starts marketing of the F 800 R produced in Manaus
    11.05.2011 press information

    Began marketing the F 800 R, second model built by BMW Motorrad Brazil under CKD (Complete Knock Down), in Manaus. The brand has embraced this Assembly process since the end of the year 2009, when it began producing the G 650 GS, BMW first motorcycle to be mounted on national territory, in partnership with DAFRA motorcycles, which became a sales success.

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    With the manufacture of this model, the BMW Motorrad Brazil reached the 7th place in worldwide sales of the group. Only in the first quarter of 2011, have been delivered to customers in more than 300 units of G 650 GS, demonstrating great acceptance by the consumer. Sales success and expansion of the concessionaires of brand, allowed the BMW Motorrad think a template to produce in the country.

    "We have the best portfolio of products with technology and design generation. Since we started our partnership with DAFRA, we further our position on the national market and now we present another product appealing adapted to the Brazilian market and, mainly, with competitive price, "says Rolf Epp, Director of BMW Motorrad in Brazil.

    The F 800R is a motorcycle "naked" for the middle segment. Sports and character conceived for a dynamic, provides maximum riding pleasure. Being a known as a dynamic Roadster, the model has great features, besides the sportiness, comfort of seating the pilot and his companion, offering exceptional level of security, one of the classical virtues of BMW brand models.

    With a two-cylinder engine, maximum power of 64 kW/87 BHP at 8,000 rpm and maximum torque 86 Nm at 6,000 rpm, the F 800 R has a great capacity for recovery and Acceleration factors that provide the greatest satisfaction of riding on winding roads.

    The F 800R, which had its production started in April, arrived at dealerships in the group this month for R$ 36,900.00, available in the Premium package (which includes ABS, on-board computer, LED lights, windshield sport bike color and outlet 12V) in the colors white, yellow and gray granite metallic.

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    The BMW announcement of assembly of the F 800 R for the South American market is a model expansion of an existing production scheme. In December 2009 BMW and ]DAFRA Motorcycles began production of G 650 GS models for that market built in CKD scheme.



    In this model DAFRA Motorcycles provides the assembly line and plant. The production line is a dedicated line with dedicated employees for the line. BMW (and its normal sub-contractors) produce the motorcycle then ship it in ‘kit’ form for assembly at the DAFRA production facility. The assembly line was developed on the existing BMW plant production model. DAFRA employees were trained by BMW. Funding for the physical plant was totally done with Brazilin capital. Keep these two points in mind.

    When the ribbon was cut in 2009 the projected production for 2010 was estimated to be 1000 units for 2010. The 2010 BMW annual report BMW reported total motorcycle production of 112,271 put BMW and Husqvarna brand motorcycles with 99,236 of those being BMWs. The BMW brand number included 2,160 construction kits for assembly in the DAFRA plant. What I have not been able to sort out is how many of those kits were actually assemble ad what represents inventory for future production.

    The F 800 R appears to be a logical model to expand production with both from a market fit for sales and simplicity of adding it to the production mix. It is clearly a distinct model from the G series but shares a number of features that should make adapting the production line simple.

    Harley-Davidson’s use of the CKD production model to enter the India motorcycle market has resulted in many discussions on this and other forums. On the surface there are many parallels between their efforts and what BMW has now been doing for two years and is expanding. However, there may be more to this story than meets the casual observer’s eye. With a heavy emphasis on may let me explain what I mean.

    BMW is a world wide player producing multiple models and brands of vehicles in multiple nations. In many cases BMW and MINI models that are produced in those world plants are tailored specifically for those markets. At the same time the assembly deal was being struck with DAFRA Motorcycles BMW was going through one of its periodic realignment of production facilities. Brazil was the site for production of MINI engines for use in Asia and the Pacific Rim markets in general. BMW planed to move MINI engine production closer to the end user plants. The Brazilian government stepped in an halted the sale and movement of heavy equipment used in this production to protect Brazilian jobs.

    I have not followed the MINI engine issue since I first read and reported about it. Therefore, I can not point to a clear tit for tat exchange. The emphasis that Brazilian capital and Brazilian jobs were created by the CKD assembly deal may be pure coincidence and purely the result of sound business judgment to expand BMW sales in the South American market. Projected production of 1000 units versus 2,160 CKD units included in BMW’s 2010 production figures would seem to support the soundness of the business model. At the same time I am always skeptical of coincidence. Thus there may have been much more that went into the BMW decision to enter the CKD production model in Brazil than was involved in the H-D decisions in India. The emphasis on the use of Brazilian capital and Brazilian jobs in the 2009 press release continues to stand out to me.



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    worldsbk.com: Checaa goes quickest in Misano testing
    The two BMW riders Troy Corser and Leon Haslam were also present together with Steve Martin testing new cycle parts.

    MotoGP

    motogp.com: Le Mans weekend warms up with press conference

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    ducati.com: the Ducati MotoGP Team returns to the track at historic Le Mans Circuit

    hondaproracing.com: Honda MotoGP racers head to Le Mans on a roll

    teamtech3.fr: Preview - Monster Grand Prix of France, Le Mans

    moto.it: Stoner against Rossi and Lorenzo against Simoncelli

    autosport.com: Rossi optimistic of improved pace
    As the season started Rossi was pegged to be 100% in May. It is May.

    motomatters.com: EditorÔÇÖs blog ÔÇô Why I am not going to Le mans (and you shouldnÔÇÖt either)
    DonÔÇÖt worry IÔÇÖm broke and staying home online.

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    formula1.com: Lewis Hamilton Q&A ÔÇô Championship will be won with consistency

    Los MiniDrivers ÔÇô Turkish GP


    sky.com: Media moguls join F1 consortium

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    Statement Dr. Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, 91st Annual General Meeting of BMW AG, 12th May 2011

    Reithofer: Ambitious goals for 2011
    ÔÇó 12.05.2011
    ÔÇó Informa?º?úo ?á Imprensa
    Full-year sales and earnings targets reaffirmed at AGM
    Company to expand leading position in the auto industry
    BMW Group to hire around 2,000 new staff in 2011
    Employees to receive record profit share

    Munich. The BMW Group can look ahead to the current financial year with confidence after a strong first quarter. ÔÇ£We have ambitious plans for 2011,ÔÇØ stated Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, at the Annual General Meeting held on Thursday in Munich. The companyÔÇÖs goal of setting a new earnings record in the current financial year remains unchanged. It is also targeting an all-time sales high: ÔÇ£We aim to deliver more vehicles than ever before ÔÇô well over 1.5 million vehicles,ÔÇØ Reithofer continued. The companyÔÇÖs EBIT margin target of more than 8% for the automotive segment also remains in place.


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    The two major press releases have little to directly say about BMWÔÇÖs motorrad segment. They do provide company context for the future operations and goals the company that segment is a part of.


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    SportRider.com: Motorcycle Riding Skills Seiries ÔÇô Street bike and motorcycle riding skills techniques articles at Sport Rider

    Gasbuddy.com: Search for local gas prices along your trip route.

    Cycle-ergo.com motorcycle ergonomic simulator.

    Woot of the Day

    Bike Candy

    From Le Container ÔÇô Burt Monroe



    Look at that smile
    Pass the mustard and UP THE REVOLUTION!

    St. Paul Pioneer Press , Minneapolis Star Tribune

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    SBK

    worldsbk.com: WSBK stars [Toseland and Vemeulen] continue along road to full recovery

    Yamaha-racing.com: Successful testing in Aragon for the Yamaha World Superbike Team



    moto.it.: Infront committed to safety with the project Fun & Safe

    MotoGP

    fim-live.com: Stoner leads all Honda top 3
    Apparently no one blocked Casey during the afternoon session at Le Mans

    gresiniracing.com: Simoncelli maintains fantastic form on day one at Le Mans

    ducati.com: Hayden fourth and Rossi ninth in free practice

    bbc.co.uk: Steve Parrish’s MotoGP column

    gpone.com: Lorenzo – “ I’ll improve but it’s tought”

    rizla-susuki-motogp.com: More to come from Bautista after first full day at Le Mans

    teamtech3.fr: Encouraging start for Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team on home soil
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    bikesportnews.com: Braking error costs Cruthclow


    Formula 1

    formula1.com: Spain preview quoted – Sauber, McLaren, Mercedes and more

    bbc.co.uk: Lewis Hamilton – Spain to test the rules
    Hamilton said: "It will be interesting to see how the DRS affects the racing.
    "Typically, it's been very tough to overtake at Barcelona because the best opportunity - into the first corner - is too fast to make a pass stick."

    jamesallenonf1.com: how F1 fuels are made


    Ferrari is always on its own pace when it comes to the various silly seasons
    reutrers.com: Massa’s Ferrari future secure, says Montezemolo
    reuters.com: Ferrari boss says F1 teams open to breakaway series.

    A breakaway series is a growing story that may be more than speculation. Teams have rumbled about a breakaway series for years. Honda stirred the pot when they were still in F1. BMW played a moderating role in 2009. Teams lacked outside money in the past. The best they could come up with was a very limited schedule paid for out of their own pockets. Growing media consortiums may be the outside money needed to pull off a breakaway series in 2013. Tracks may be the big obstacle to overcome. Tracks with the capability to actually run such an event may be already under contract to F1 or unwilling to suffer FIA retaliation. A breakaway series may be moving from a grocery store checkout line tabloid headline to a real motorsport story to follow.

    Other Racing

    thechicaneblog.com: It’s Mille Miglia Time!

    hondaproracing.com: Honda Racing Corporation to Present Moto3 Machine in Catalunya





    motorsportretro.com: Legends – Franco Uncini



    On the Street

    recalls.gov.au: Suzuki Australia—GSX-R600, GSXR750, GSF650, GSF1250, GSX650F, GSX1300BK Motorcycles

    vosa.gov.uk: Suzuki Motorcycles DL100, GSF1250, GSF650, GSX1300, GSX-R650, GSX-R750, LT-Z400, SFV650,VL800, VLR1800& VZ1500

    No news of a US or Canada recall at the time I put this post together.

    tc.gc.ca: Canadian recall of Triumph Thunderbird

    Note: The Australian site covers New Zealand also. I have finally found a feed for the Canadian Road Safety Database and will monitor it for this thread. I monitor the UK’s VOSA – Recall site (no rss feed). The EU is a mystery.

    bsmotoring.com: Bajaj raises stake in KTM
    This is an incremental increase, but growing. In 2007 Bajaj took a 14.5% stake in KTM seen as a way for KTM to raise much needed capital and Bajaj to enter the European market. As the stake has increased the flow to technology and KTM interest in India has grown at the same time. CROSS Industries, KTM’s 50.1% majority share holder, says they have no intention of selling out.

    This is not unprecedented. For example, Suzuki has made 30% outside ownership share part of its business plan for research related to both cars and motorcycles for decades. GM held that share for years until it divested it during the US auto meltdown and VW picked it up. Honda has had a variety of relations with the Hero Group that have helped both while respecting the company integrity.

    This could be a recurring story. CROSS has no need to increase its stake to maintain control of the company. As minority investors seek to divest for other investment opportunities Bajaj could be the only interested buyer. How KTM/Bajaj will play out remains to be seen.




    bonhmas.com: Guggenheim Museum's Ultra Rare "Art Car" Inspired BMW to be Sold at Quail Lodge

    2011 Vespa 65 years in movies


    The Mothership










    facviij,cin : Reinventing the exhaust

    webbikeworld.com: 2011 Vintage Motorcycle Days.




    FWIW





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    SportRider.com: Motorcycle Riding Skills Seiries – Street bike and motorcycle riding skills techniques articles at Sport Rider

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    Cycle-ergo.com motorcycle ergonomic simulator.

    Woot of the Day

    Bike Candy

    Have you ever gone to the candy store and been torn between two very different candy choices. You may have only one, but which one?

    In 1985 I was living in Illinois. I was a region sales manager for a hotel chain and traveled often with the region operations manager. We constantly were stopping at stores on our trips to look at candy. He wanted me to help him pick a piece of candy. As we looked I kept eyeing a piece of Oriental candy just like today’s bike candy. Several candy shop owners let me take the candy out for tests. I remember traversing I80 at obscene warp factors and finding twisty bits of road and almost dragging a knee as tested this bit of, for the day, overpowered bit of candy.







    One day we stopped at a multi brand candy shop. They had the new K candy from BMW. While my coworker friend was looking at them I wondered back into the shop. Back in a corner there was this bit of silver R candy made in 1984. It was a carryover, unwanted and collecting dust. I asked a mechanic if it was in for repairs or if it was for sale. Before he could answer the dealer who followed me answered: “It’s for sale. If you’re interested I want to get it off my inventory. If you’re serious lets talk.”

    “Yes” I replied, “but I have a bike to sell before I could close the deal.”

    “No problem, I haven’t been able to move it. If we can settle on a price I can wait. I have been waiting to sell since last season.”

    I looked at my friend who was standing next to him. He was holding a piece of paper in his hand that he had just pulled out of his wallet. I looked at it. It was a check for the full amount I planed on asking. “I’ve wanted your bike since you said you were thinking of selling it. Finding your next bike seemed the quickest way for me to get it.” 24 hours later I was riding my first Roadster home.

    Over the next few seasons I acquired a several boxes of parts. There were various handle bars and clip-in bars. Bar end mirrors. Three sets of rear sets; one I cobbled together on my own and two I bought. The list goes on. I made 24 hour round trips of Lake Michigan and Lake Superior. There were countless hours spent discovering and honing my solo rider version of The Pace long before the article was written. My youngest pit crew manager (a.k.a. daughter) was three when she began learning her numbers finding wrenches for me when I worked on the bike. There was a day when my oldest pit crew manager (a.k.a. daughter) came to the dinner table and announced; “Dad I can sit on the rear seat and my feet reach the pegs when can I go for the ride you promised?”

    Some times when you see the piece of candy you did not choose you wonder; what if? I see today’s bike candy, remember those test rides then savor all the memories of the piece of candy I chose and know I made the right choice.
    Pass the mustard and UP THE REVOLUTION!

    St. Paul Pioneer Press , Minneapolis Star Tribune

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    hondaproracing.com: Honda sweeps top four places in Le Mans qualifying

    gresiniracing.com: Simocelli just 0.59 seconds from pole position

    motogp.com: Lorenzo and Spies optimistic for Le Mans race [5th and 8th]

    teamtech3.fr: Crutchlow and Edwards show class in Le Mans [6th & 7th]

    ducati.com: Ninth and tenth places in Le Mans qualifying for Rossi and Hayden

    rizla-suzuki-motogp.com: Gutsy fourth row for Bautista at Le Mans [12th]

    reuters.com: Rossi and Lorenzo opposed to rearranged Japan race

    sportrider.com: Honda’s latest technology patent

    Formula 1

    autosport.com: Sauber plans major update for Spain

    planetf1.com: Senator: Texas cannot afford F1
    The group responsible for bringing Formula 1 back to the United States is facing fresh criticism from sceptics who say the cash-strapped Texas state can't afford the ambitious scheme.

    Other Racing

    fo,=live.com: FIM Sidecar World Championship Schleiz



    autoblogreen: Line-up for Infineon round of TTXGP confirmed



    BMW Motorsport on the podium again at the N??rburgring, heavy accident for Priaulx.
    • 14.05.2011
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    N??rburgring, 14th May 2011. In a dramatic third round of the VLN Endurance Championship at the N??rburgring-Nordschleife (DE), BMW Motorsport scored another top three finish. After 40 laps and a race time of over six hours, Augusto Farfus (BR), J?Ârg M??ller (DE) and Pedro Lamy (PT) came third with the no. 42 BMW M3 GT. The second car (number 43), driven by Andy Priaulx (GB), Dirk M??ller (DE) and Dirk Adorf (DE), retired following an accident with just one hour to go. Priaulx hit the barriers at high speed in the “Br??nnchen” section. The driver from Guernsey returned to the team following a routine medical check-up in Adenau (DE) hospital. Ferrari’s Marco Seefried (DE), Jaime Melo (BR) and Dominik Farnbacher (DE) claimed victory in the “Green Hell”.


    On the Street

    motorcycledaily.com: Motorcycle sales increase but product is running short

    cyrilhuzeblog.com: Victory Motorcycles hiring senior motorcycle designer

    odi.nhsta.dot.gov: Triumph Thunderbird

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    Ron Gutman: The hidden power of smiling



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    From motorcyclecnews: BMW S 1000 RR Street fighter so wrong it right





    I'm not certain I agree. Writers portray Quasimodo as a complex characture with elements that are interesting and appealing which make us ask questions about ourslef; yet we remain uneasy.
    Pass the mustard and UP THE REVOLUTION!

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    Is that tank mounted backward?!
    OK, someone has waaaaaaaay too much money and/or time.
    I can help with the money bit. Send it on!

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