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    Good thing I read your remark about no details! There is a lot going on with that bike, starting with the heads! WOW!!!
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    Thursday, 22 September

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    gpone.com: No Imola race for Biaggi

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    visordown.com: Three names linked to Tech 3 ride

    Formula 1

    bbc.co.uk: McLaren sayss team and drivers 'will keep taking risks'

    That is good news for fans this racing season. The team does seem risk averse when it comes to the future.

    formula1.com: McLaren committed to Mercedes power in 2014
    This relationship has been in doubt since Mercedes purchased Brawn GP taking McLaren from the top team spot it had held with Mercedes for years. McLaren had been rumored to be ready to build its own engines for F1 and its Supercar. Other manufacturers had also been listed in the mix for supplying McLaren.

    ferrari.com: Scuderia Ferrari racing news n. 19

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    Other Racing

    roadracingworld.com: Team BMW France lead Endurance World Championship heading into Le Mans 24 hour

    utlitmatemotorcycling.com: 2011 Bonneville ÔÇô BUB BMW Thompson 201 mph



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    NHTSA recall id no: 11V476000
    Dated: SEP 15, 2011 BMW IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011 328I XDRIVE AND 335I XDRIVE VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM FEBRUARY 8, 2011, THROUGH JULY 29, 2011. THE FRONT DRIVESHAFT ATTACHMENT BOLTS MAY NOT HAVE BEEN TIGHTEN...

    The New M5
    A change in leadership is nigh in the exclusive segment that brings together ultra-dynamic business sedans with track-oriented drive and chassis technology. The new BMW M5 is poised to build on the tradition of its predecessors and once again redefine the performance experience available in a four-door car.


    Goodwood, Wednesday 21 September 2011 More than 30 vintage cars from Belgium arrived at the Home of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars at Goodwood, West Sussex on Monday. Over 100 drivers and passengers made their way from Belgium to England, starting six days ago, travelling from Kortrijk via Beaulieu to Goodwood





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    Bike Candy

    The BMW cafe racer in yesterday's Bike Candy has appeared before and always causes a stir. The photos of it have always been unattributed and as a result the bike has become something of a small white whale for my internet searches. I don't obsess about this bike as Captain Ahab did about his white whale but I keep an eye open.

    The bike appears to be from Germany. A recent siting on Flicker had me on the hunt once again and led me to Bremen Germany and the Classic motor Show: 2010. The event is described as one of the premier events of the show season in Germany. The bike was an entrant and showed up in the photo dumps of several people that attended. Unfortunately no information beyond the fact it was in the show. To date I have not found a list of entrants for that show. It may not be a dead end but no specific information yet.



    Quote Originally Posted by JStrube View Post
    Good thing I read your remark about no details! There is a lot going on with that bike, starting with the heads! WOW!!!
    Lacking any specific bike information lets deconstruct the bike a bit starting with the heads. The heads are an attention getter made by German BMW specialist Micheal Krauser and Krauser GmBH in the early 80's.

    At the history pages on the Domani site, a three wheeled BMW vehicle latter developed by Krauser, traces the company roots back to 1924 with engine repair, crankshaft grinding and piston manufacturing. In the 1970's it took over a BMW auto dealership then branched out into the motorcycle business in 1972. In that year Krauser came out with detachable panniers for BMW motorcycles. Out of the success with the panniers the company in 1980 advanced to building a limited run of 300 motorcycles and in the process introduced their 4 valve heads.


    1983 - The Krauser motorcycle-case-system made the name "Krauser" well known in the entire world of motorcycling. The sports section is accentuated with the MKM 1000 and the 4-valve-cylinder-head
    I first became aware of the heads shortly after purchasing my R100. While they completely captivated me I quickly realized in my motorcycle universe they where machined out of pure unobtainium. Fortunately not everyone lives in my universe and some people actual own bikes with these heads and have discussed them on our forum and over at Advrider
    http://www.bmwmoa.org/forum/showthread.php?t=13360

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=309160
    Beemergarage.com adds more information with these pdf posts.

    http://www.beemergarage.com/documents/krauser2.pdf : 1982 'Test Ride and Impressions of the Krauser MKM-1000' that features the four valve heads as part of a total Krauser special.

    http://www.beemergarage.com/documents/mkm1280.pdf : Riding impressions ÔÇô Krauser MKM 1000

    Finally for the Gear-Head nerd in all of us,

    http://www.beemergarage.com/documents/krauser.pdf : The 1982 Krauser Assembly/conversion instructions for the four valve cylinder heads.



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    Wow, awesome write-up! So, what is that little black box between the exhaust & carb on the transmission?
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    SBK

    espnstar.com: Checa aims for Superbike title

    gpone.com: Althea - ÔÇ£We expect recognitionÔÇØ

    crash.net: Castrol Honda brings ride by wire to Imola

    sportrider.com: Ducati announces new 1199 Superbike Panigale will not be officially race by factory until 2013

    worldsbk.com: Agreement signed to bring FIM SBK World Championship to Russia in 2012




    MotoGP

    gpone.com: Jerez ÔÇô Rossi like Stoner on the 1000

    motomatters.com: Ducati's secret jerez test Rossi faster on new chassis but gap is still there

    bbc.co.uk: Capirossi to miss Japanese Grand Prix through injury

    yamaha-racing.com: Yamaha celebrates 50 Grand Prix years at '200 Miglia di Imola Revival'

    Formula 1

    fia.com: Thursday Press Conference ÔÇô Singapore GP

    formula1.com: Singapore preview ÔÇô thee winner takes it all?

    formula1.com: Sebastian Vettel Q&A ÔÇô I'm not thinking championship yet

    ferrari.com: Singapore GP ÔÇô Massa- A lap here is like two in Monaco

    redbull.com: Singapore ÔÇô anatomy of performance

    tororosso: Tech talk ÔÇô The mean streets of Singapore

    bbc.co.uk: Kimi Raikkonen chases F1 return with Williams in 2012
    FWIW: Trading a retiring Barrichello for a once again aspiring Raikkonen may sound good on paper but if I where the king of the Williams Paddock I would pass. I do not see the Finn bringing what is needed to develop the car or Maldonado. Barrichello is a great team driver/developer. In my book the IceMan lacks the necessary 'and' quality.

    bbc.co.uk: Jenson Button says errors have left McLaren out of title fight
    FWIW - He should know.

    Other Racing

    fim-live.com: Dramatic free practice at Le Mans

    suzuki-racing.com: Guittet joins Sert for Le Mans

    roadracingworld.com; Team Bmw Motorrad France 99 fastes in first qualifying session at Le Mans






    BMW Motorsport completes successful DTM tests
    The past two days have seen BMW continue its preparations for the coming DTM season at the Hungaroring (HU). As at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz (DE), this test was held together with the other two manufacturers represented in the DTM. Once again, three BMW M3 DTM cars were in action, run by the three teams BMW Team Schnitzer, BMW Team RBM and BMW Team RMG. The tests focussed on tyre tests, general set-up work and long runs.

    BMW power wins multiple Grand Am championships in 2011
    Woodcliff Lake, N.J. Sept. 22, 2011...For a second consecutive year BMW Power swept the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Grand Sport Manufacturer, Driver and Team championships




    On the Street

    thekneeslider.com: 10 essential tips for selling your motorcycle on eBay



    The Mothership

    Commemorate the 30th anniversary of establishment of BMW Japan opened special site.

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    Commemorate the 30th anniversary of its establishment bee-m-w Inc. (President and Representative Director: Roland Kruger), opened a special site looking back on 30 years of history.

    Germany BMW headquarters is 9/22/1981 in Japan as a European manufacturer's first 100% wholly owned subsidiary BB em AW co., Ltd. established as a pioneer of the import car industry has been towing market. Certified pre-owned car system, 24-hour emergency services, maintenance package "BMW Service Freeway", etc., developing and introducing numerous advanced programs that defied common sense of the industry with annual sales of approx. 3,000 units was established when entering the 21 century about 20 times and BMW brand in 2009 and 2010 second consecutive premium

    Import brands achieved no. 1 sales performance.

    BMW Japan established 30th anniversary special site: http://www.we-are-bmw.jp

    Looking back on the history of BMW Japan 30 years 'HERITAGE TIMELINE"
    This time the newly launched special site is straightforward history of 30 years in the company Japan.

    Conducted photo mosaic project "PICTURE THE FUTURE"
    Conducting to PICTURE THE FUTURE, within a special site, forming a mosaic art in post your photos. This post and BMW BMW, BMW Motorrad, MINI brand models model-to-shot photos and the picture mosaic art as 2013 be introduced industry's first premium electric vehicle "BMW i3" and "BMW i8" innovative plug-in hybrid concept car forms exposed photo mosaic project.

    BMW 30th Anniversary Special event "JOURNEY OF JOY" to invite 60 30 pairs
    You can test drive the new BMW 1 series, which started selling today within a special site, BMW 30th Anniversary Special event "JOURNEY OF JOY", from among the applicants, by lottery 30 pair 60 people to invite. This event will be held at (address: 348-1 Woods, sodegaura-Shi, Chiba) sodegaura forest Raceway 10/8/2011, the application period until 30 September 2011 winners on 3 October in the E-Mail contact will be.


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    Quote Originally Posted by JStrube View Post
    Wow, awesome write-up! So, what is that little black box between the exhaust & carb on the transmission?
    I have some thoughts but no real idea. I will keep in mind as I search for the next sighting and more information about my white whale.




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    Bike Candy

    Taking the advice to 'put your shoulder into it' to a new level

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    Your whale is now my whale.
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    Friday, 23 September : Qualifying / Practice Updates

    World SBK

    Friday at Imola portends an exciting race weekend for WorldSBK fans.

    Checa topped the field on his 'privateer' Ducati during the first Imola practice session. Rea and his Castrol Honda pipped Checa to take the provisional pole for Sundays race. Hot on their heels is Haslam in P3!

    A P3 in in the first qualifying session will allow Haslam and the team to play with race setup and other things in Saturday's second qualifying session while saving qualifying tires for the demands of Superpole. The other BMW riders do not have this luxury. Badovini follows Haslam on the charts but in P14 not P4. Troy Corser is in P19 and new addition Fores brings up the rear in P22.

    Friday sets up a great race weekend for fans and a good deal of work for the BMW teams.

    motomatters.com: Imola WorldSBK Friday roundup
    News from the rest of the teams from Motomatters

    Imola - SUPERBIKE - Qualifying*1

    1.*Jonathan Rea (Castrol*Honda) Honda CBR1000RR 1'48.241
    2.*Carlos Checa (Althea*Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'48.400
    3.*Leon Haslam (BMW*Motorrad*Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 1'48.701
    4.*Michel Fabrizio (Team*Suzuki*Alstare) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'48.726
    5.*Marco Melandri (Yamaha*World*Superbike*Team) Yamaha YZF R1 1'48.844
    6.*Tom Sykes (Kawasaki*Racing*Team*Superbike) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'48.884
    7.*Sylvain Guintoli (Team*Effenbert-Liberty*Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'49.003
    8.*Maxime Berger (Supersonic*Racing*Team) Ducati 1098R 1'49.023
    9.*Noriyuki Haga (PATA*Racing*Team*Aprilia) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'49.041
    10.*Jakub Smrz (Team*Effenbert-Liberty*Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'49.072
    11.*Federico Sandi (Althea*Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'49.125
    12.*Alessandro Polita (Barni*Racing*Team*S.N.C.) Ducati 1098R 1'49.134
    13.*Leon Camier (Aprilia*Alitalia*Racing*Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'49.282
    14.*Ayrton Badovini (BMW*Motorrad*Italia*SBK*Team) BMW S1000 RR 1'49.394
    15.*Mark Aitchison (Team*Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'49.665
    16.*Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki*Racing*Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'49.781
    17.*Ruben Xaus (Castrol*Honda) Honda CBR1000RR 1'49.855
    18.*Eugene Laverty (Yamaha*World*Superbike*Team) Yamaha YZF R1 1'49.991
    19.*Troy Corser (BMW*Motorrad*Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 1'50.011
    20.*Matteo Baiocco (Barni*Racing*Team) Ducati 1098R 1'50.104
    21.*Roberto Rolfo (Team*Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'51.086
    22.*Javier Fores (BMW*Motorrad*Italia*SBK*Team) BMW S1000 RR 1'51.790

    WorldSBK Magazine – Special 2011



    Formula 1

    Team talk between race weekends has been about mistakes and the need to focus effort on preparing for 2012 but the Singapore Grand Prix is here and so are the contenders.

    A support series race damaged the track and resulted in a shortened first F1 practice session. Fast out of the box Hamilton lead the field. Vettel topped the second session charts but Alonso was not far off. The importance of aerodynamics is driven home in this session by Hamilton. Minor damage to the underside of his McLaren resulted in his times dropping. Should be a quick overnight fix.

    Selected team and driver quotes

    Other Racing

    fim-live.com: Team BMW Motorrad France 99 confirms their pole position for Le Mans
    Pass the mustard and UP THE REVOLUTION!

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    SBK

    hondaproracing.com:
    Rea tops the timing sheets at Imola

    motomatters.com: Imola World Supebike and World Supersport Friday press releases

    BMW Motrrad Motorsport ÔÇô WSBK ÔÇô Imola Qualifying Practice 1

    Imola ÔÇô Free Practice & Qualifying Practice 1.
    Friday, 23 September 2011.

    Weather conditions: Sunny.
    Temperature: Air: 27 ÔÇô 28 ??C, Track: 33 ÔÇô 38 ??C
    Number of riders participating: 22 from 14 teams
    Fastest lap Free Practice: Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) 1:49.294 min
    Fastest lap Qualifying Practice 1: Jonathan Rea (Castrol Honda) 1:48.241 min


    Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport had a very good start to the eleventh round of the 2011 FIM Superbike World Championship at Imola (ITA). The team provisionally qualified for the front row. Factory rider, Leon Haslam (GBR) finished the first Qualifying practice on his BMW S 1000 RR in third position. His team mate Troy Corser (AUS) provisionally qualified 19th. Ayrton Badovini (ITA) and Xavier Fores (ESP) of the BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team finished in 14th and 22nd respectively.

    Leon Haslam:
    Fastest lap Free Practice: 1:49.531 min (P2)/Fastest lap Qualifying Practice 1: 1:48.701 min (P3)
    ÔÇ£I am really happy with the lap times. We did not use the soft tyre in qualifying and basically worked on race simulation. Our consistency is probably one of the best out there. I would say that this was one of the best starts we have had to a race weekend, so we are going to keep on pushing for tomorrow. Then it will all be about qualifying and choosing the right race tyre for Sunday. Today we have got some really good information and we will go on pushing in the same direction.ÔÇØ

    Troy Corser:
    Fastest lap Free Practice: 1:50.713 min (P15)/Fastest lap Qualifying Practice 1: 1:50.011 min (P19)
    ÔÇ£In the Qualifying session in the afternoon we used a different chassis setting than in the morning practice. It took us some time to set it up. We are a little bit behind, but Leon is right there. So we can compare and see what is different with the bike. So I am confident for tomorrow. I hope it will be dry in the morning, and then we are going to move up in the classification.ÔÇØ

    Rainer B?ñumel (Head of Race Operations):
    ÔÇ£Leon did a great job. He was riding on used race tyres for the whole qualifying session ÔÇô and those were not the faster softer ones. That makes me confident that we are going to have a successful weekend. With Troy, we still have to fine tune the set-up of his RR a little bit. To do so we will analyse the data tonight and I am convinced that we can improve tomorrow.ÔÇØ

    Troy Corser official website

    A loss of a lot of track time in this morningÔÇÖs untimed practice cost Troy dearly and caused him to finish the day in lowly nineteenth position. But with the problem now resolved, Troy hopes he can catch up the pace tomorrow and still take a good grid position. Jonathan Rea (Honda) finished first qualifying with the fastest lap, with series leader Carlos Checa (Ducati) second. Third quickest today was Leon Haslam (BMW), with Michel less than a tenth of a second behind. Behind Michel today is Marco Melandri (Yamaha) and Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) - making it six different manufacturers filling the top six positions. Troy - 19th, 1:50.011 I seem to be out of luck at the moment. When we fired up my two bikes this morning just before the first practice, smoke started coming out! It seems that we had some contaminated fuel and we had to get that sorted that out before I could get on the track. This took some time and I missed a lot of the session as a result. I missed all of the session on a bike that I wanted to try out - as it had some different settings - so we were well behind our workload by the time the afternoon session began. I did manage to improve in the afternoon qualifying, but I still didnÔÇÖt get enough time on one of the bikes. When I did get on it, I went a second quicker straightaway and I wanted to keep working on this one. The only problem with it is that we need to work on the engine braking, but once weÔÇÖve done that it is going to be even easier to ride. At the moment, I feel as I am skidding into the corners a bit and having a bit of a problem stopping. As there a lot of fast entrances here, itÔÇÖs important to get the engine braking right. The technicians can see whatÔÇÖs happening on the telemetry and theyÔÇÖll figure out what we should do tomorrow. The track has been resurfaced since last time and a lot of the bumps have gone, so itÔÇÖs a big improvement for sure. It still feels a bit ÔÇÿgreenÔÇÖ but as more and more rubber goes down, the grip level is going to increase further. See ya, Troy


    BMW MOTORRAD ITALIA SUPERBIKE TEAM - IMOLA - PRACTICE 1
    23.09.2011

    Difficult day for Ayrton Badovini hindered by technical problems in qualifying. Superbike debut for* Xavi Fores. Good result in the Superstock with* Barrier*in third and fifth for Zanetti.

    Today was the first day of testing at the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola, Italy for the* BMW Motorrad Italia Superbike Team . The young Spaniard, Xavi Fores made his debut alongside Ayrton Badovini.Ayrton set the eighth fastest time in morning practice, then suffered technical problems in the afternoon qualifying session that prevented him doing better than fourteenth.Technicians have now found the cause of the problem and Ayrton is ready to improve his grid position in tomorrowÔÇÖs qualifying.

    Xavi, meanwhile, has been familiarising himself with the Superbike machine that he rode for the first time at the track today.

    The Superstock team were content that Sylvain Barrier set the third fastest time, just a few tenths off the provisional pole man Danilo Petrucci. Lorenzo Zanetti, who currently occupies second place in the FIM Superstock Cup, is sitting in fifth.
    Serafino Foti, sporting director of BMW Motorrad Italia Superbike Team at the end of the practice said: "This afternoon we had some technical problems and Ayrton was unable to get the good feel for the bike that he had this morning. I am convinced that tomorrow we will return to the top ten and we will try to prepare for the best possible race on Sunday.Xavi has really struggled but it is understandable as it is the first time he has been on the Superbike. We'll see tomorrow.We are quite pleased with the outcome of the Superstock. We are much closer than on other tracks. We are confident for tomorrow and especially for Sunday's race."

    Superbike: 1?? J. Rea (Honda) 1'48"241 - 2?? C. Checa (Ducati) + 0.159 - 3?? L. Haslam (BMW) + 0.460 - ...14??* A. Badovini (BMW)*+ 1.153...22??* J. Fores (BMW)*+ 3.549.
    Superstock: 1?? D. Petrucci (Ducati) 1'51"046 - 2?? D. Giugliano (Ducati) + 0.158 - 3??* S. Barrier (BMW) *+ 0.174 - 4?? N. Canepa (Ducati) + 0.628 - 5??* L. Zanetti (BMW)*+ 0.858


    MotoGP

    MotoGP -Video: Rewind ÔÇô Aragon 2011

    [url=http://www.gpone.com/index.php/en/201109234940/Lorenzo-vorrei-battere-Vale-ad-armi-pari.htmlgpone.com[/url]: Lorenzo - I want to beat Vale on equal terms.
    FWIW: Lorenzo has to be one of the most haunted reigning champions in a long time. He is still haunted by his former teammate Rossi who seemed, when focused, to be able to be Lorenzo at will. This year in his championship defense he has spent much of the season as a footnote to the Honda steamroller lead by Stoner.


    Formula 1

    fia.com: Friday Press Conference

    formula1.com: Friday analysis

    autosport.com: Ferrari farther away than it looks

    reuters.com: Tyre care crucial in Singapore, Hamilton says

    speedtv,cin: Video ÔÇô Singapore GP Chalk Talk


    Other Racing

    MINI WRC TEAM: Rally Franc-Alsace. 29th september -2nd October. 11th of 13 rounds of FIA World Rally championship. Preview
    Munich, 23rd September, 2011. The MINI WRC Team will again be competing on asphalt when it arrives in Strasbourg for its fourth event of 2011, Rally France-Alsace. The team is keen to capitalise on its third place in Germany for Dani Sordo (ES) and the tarmac performance shown by the MINI John Cooper Works WRC


    On the Street

    facebook.com: 2012 CBR100RR Fireblade launch

    utlitmatemotorcycling.com: 2012 Honda CBR1000RR | Preview

    motorcyclenews.com: Ireland confirms hi-vis plans

    motorcyclenews.com: Editor's picks: BMW R1200S

    visordown.com: Motorcycle commuter clothing for every budget






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    Saturday 24 September : UPDATE ÔÇô WSBK/Imola , Formula 1/Singapore

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    Second Qualifying
    worldsbk.com: Sykes grabs the provisional pole slot

    Imola, 23-24-25 September 2011
    No. Rider Nat Team Bike Sess. 1 Sess. 2 Time Gap Rel. Avg Laps

    1 66 T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Superbike Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'48.884 1'47.799 1'47.799 164,840 33

    2 4 J. REA GBR Castrol Honda Honda CBR1000RR 1'48.241 1'47.973 1'47.973 0.174 0.174 164,574 32

    3 84 M. FABRIZIO ITA Team Suzuki Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'48.726 1'48.103 1'48.103 0.304 0.130 164,377 37

    4 7 C. CHECA ESP Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 1'48.400 1'48.168 1'48.168 0.369 0.065 164,278 38

    5 41 N. HAGA JPN PATA Racing Team Aprilia Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'49.041 1'48.210 1'48.210 0.411 0.042 164,214 38

    6 91 L. HASLAM GBR BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 1'48.701 1'48.396 1'48.396 0.597 0.186 163,932 36

    7 33 M. MELANDRI ITA Yamaha World Superbike Team Yamaha YZF R1 1'48.844 1'48.528 1'48.528 0.729 0.132 163,733 39

    8 96 J. SMRZ CZE Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing Ducati 1098R 1'49.072 1'48.551 1'48.551 0.752 0.023 163,698 35

    9 2 L. CAMIER GBR Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'49.282 1'48.624 1'48.624 0.825 0.073 163,588 39

    10 50 S. GUINTOLI FRA Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing Ducati 1098R 1'49.003 1'48.691 1'48.691 0.892 0.067 163,487 41

    11 23 F. SANDI ITA Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 1'49.125 1'48.715 1'48.715 0.916 0.024 163,451 37

    12 58 E. LAVERTY IRL Yamaha World Superbike Team Yamaha YZF R1 1'49.991 1'48.727 1'48.727 0.928 0.012 163,433 33

    13 11 T. CORSER AUS BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 1'50.011 1'48.879 1'48.879 1.080 0.152 163,205 36

    14 121 M. BERGER FRA Supersonic Racing Team Ducati 1098R 1'49.023 1'48.935 1'48.935 1.136 0.056 163,121 33

    15 86 A. BADOVINI ITA BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team BMW S1000 RR 1'49.394 1'48.935 1'48.935 1.136 0.000 163,121 31

    16 53 A. POLITA ITA Barni Racing Team S.N.C. Ducati 1098R 1'49.134 1'49.027 1'49.027 1.228 0.092 162,983 37

    17 8 M. AITCHISON AUS Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'49.665 1'49.159 1'49.159 1.360 0.132 162,786 37

    18 17 J. LASCORZ ESP Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'49.781 1'49.185 1'49.185 1.386 0.026 162,748 33

    19 15 M. BAIOCCO ITA Barni Racing Team Ducati 1098R 1'50.104 1'49.378 1'49.378 1.579 0.193 162,460 38

    20 111 R. XAUS ESP Castrol Honda Honda CBR1000RR 1'49.855 1'49.595 1'49.595 1.796 0.217 162,139 29

    21 44 R. ROLFO ITA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'51.086 1'49.668 1'49.668 1.869 0.073 162,031 34

    22 112 J. FORES ESP BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team BMW S1000 RR 1'51.790 1'50.888 1'50.888 3.089 1.220 160,248 36

    The takeaway from this is the changes to Corser's bike did improve his times and he advances to Superpole along with Badovini. Haslam apparently took a different direction with setup and effort in this session. He lost ground on these charts but when the riders returned to the grid for pre-Superpole free practice he was back in P3 for that session.

    Imola - SUPERBIKE - Free*Practice

    1. Carlos Checa (Althea*Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'47.785
    2. Jonathan Rea (Castrol*Honda) Honda CBR1000RR 1'47.821
    3. Leon Haslam (BMW*Motorrad*Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 1'48.254
    4. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki*Racing*Team*Superbike) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'48.390
    5. Michel Fabrizio (Team*Suzuki*Alstare) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'48.514
    6. Marco Melandri (Yamaha*World*Superbike*Team) Yamaha YZF R1 1'48.559
    7. Leon Camier (Aprilia*Alitalia*Racing*Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'48.696
    8. Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki*Racing*Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'48.762
    9. Eugene Laverty (Yamaha*World*Superbike*Team) Yamaha YZF R1 1'48.823
    10. Ayrton Badovini (BMW*Motorrad*Italia*SBK*Team) BMW S1000 RR 1'48.876
    11. Mark Aitchison (Team*Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'48.914
    12. Noriyuki Haga (PATA*Racing*Team*Aprilia) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'48.947
    13. Troy Corser (BMW*Motorrad*Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 1'49.033
    14. Sylvain Guintoli (Team*Effenbert-Liberty*Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'49.035
    15. Maxime Berger (Supersonic*Racing*Team) Ducati 1098R 1'49.114
    16. Ruben Xaus (Castrol*Honda) Honda CBR1000RR 1'49.129
    17. Jakub Smrz (Team*Effenbert-Liberty*Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'49.472
    18. Roberto Rolfo (Team*Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'49.589
    19. Federico Sandi (Althea*Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'49.681
    20. Alessandro Polita (Barni*Racing*Team*S.N.C.) Ducati 1098R 1'49.895
    21. Matteo Baiocco (Barni*Racing*Team) Ducati 1098R 1'49.900
    22. Javier Fores (BMW*Motorrad*Italia*SBK*Team) BMW S1000 RR 1'50.639

    Now to find out if any of this work on the part of the teams and speculation on my part works in Superpole.

    Superpole ÔÇô Imola

    Superpole 1.

    Laverty, Haga, Checa and Guitoli took the front row in this session. Badovini improved to P10 followed by Haslam in P11. Both advance to the next round. Corser did not find the speed necessary to advance coming in with a P15. On the bright side for him his times continued to improve through the session but not enough.

    Superbike - Results Superpole 1
    Imola, 23-24-25 September 2011
    No. Rider Nat Team Bike Time Gap Rel. Laps Avg
    Speed
    Max
    1 58 E. LAVERTY IRL Yamaha World Superbike Team Yamaha YZF R1 1'47.756 6 164,906 277,8
    2 41 N. HAGA JPN PATA Racing Team Aprilia Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'47.870 0.114 0.114 3 164,732 277,0
    3 7 C. CHECA ESP Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 1'47.875 0.119 0.005 3 164,724 274,9
    4 50 S. GUINTOLI FRA Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing Ducati 1098R 1'47.891 0.135 0.016 6 164,700 276,3
    5 84 M. FABRIZIO ITA Team Suzuki Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'47.896 0.140 0.005 6 164,692 275,6
    6 4 J. REA GBR Castrol Honda Honda CBR1000RR 1'47.924 0.168 0.028 2 164,649 276,3
    7 66 T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Superbike Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'47.981 0.225 0.057 3 164,562 276,3
    8 121 M. BERGER FRA Supersonic Racing Team Ducati 1098R 1'48.081 0.325 0.100 7 164,410 273,5
    9 33 M. MELANDRI ITA Yamaha World Superbike Team Yamaha YZF R1 1'48.149 0.393 0.068 3 164,307 281,5
    10 86 A. BADOVINI ITA BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team BMW S1000 RR 1'48.167 0.411 0.018 6 164,279 273,5
    11 91 L. HASLAM GBR BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 1'48.237 0.481 0.070 2 164,173 277,0
    12 2 L. CAMIER GBR Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'48.570 0.814 0.333 6 163,670 278,5
    -------------------------------------------------- Not Qualified to Superpole 2 --------------------------------------------------
    13 96 J. SMRZ CZE Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing Ducati 1098R 1'48.741 0.985 0.171 6 163,412 276,3
    14 23 F. SANDI ITA Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 1'48.812 1.056 0.071 7 163,306 274,9
    15 11 T. CORSER AUS BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 1'48.894 1.138 0.082 7 163,183 277,0
    16 53 A. POLITA ITA Barni Racing Team S.N.C. Ducati 1098R 1'49.091 1.335 0.197 7 162,888 268,6

    Superpole 2

    Badovini put in two hot laps early in the session and pitted not to return to the track. This was a calculated move or Italian bravado. He pitted in P4 and advances in P8 the last slot to do so.

    Haslam seemed to struggle. Like Badovini he was out early, put in two hot laps then headed to the pits in P12. He would not return until late in the session. The changes made worked and he poped up in the standings to P4 on his session fifth hot lap.

    Superbike - Results Superpole 2
    Imola, 23-24-25 September 2011
    No. Rider Nat Team Bike Time Gap Rel. Laps Avg
    Speed
    Max
    1 41 N. HAGA JPN PATA Racing Team Aprilia Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'47.403 6 165,448 278,5
    2 66 T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Superbike Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'47.425 0.022 0.022 3 165,414 277,0
    3 7 C. CHECA ESP Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 1'47.516 0.113 0.091 5 165,274 274,2
    4 4 J. REA GBR Castrol Honda Honda CBR1000RR 1'47.602 0.199 0.086 3 165,142 276,3
    5 58 E. LAVERTY IRL Yamaha World Superbike Team Yamaha YZF R1 1'47.627 0.224 0.025 2 165,104 277,8
    6 91 L. HASLAM GBR BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 1'47.676 0.273 0.049 6 165,028 277,0
    7 50 S. GUINTOLI FRA Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing Ducati 1098R 1'47.695 0.292 0.019 5 164,999 274,2
    8 86 A. BADOVINI ITA BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team BMW S1000 RR 1'47.774 0.371 0.079 2 164,878 274,9

    Now all the brinksmanship comes to an end. Riders and teams have ten minutes to get on row 1 and a clear shot for turn one in each of Sunday's races.

    Superpole 3

    Checa takes Superpole after putting in three hot laps. Haslam and Badovini worked much harder, put in more laps but could not find the speed necessary. They will start Sunday's races on the inside of the second row.

    Superbike - Qualifying Practices + TISSOT-SUPERPOLE
    Imola, 23-24-25 September 2011


    No. Rider Nat Team Bike Sess. 1 Sess. 2 Laps Superpole Gap Time Avg

    1 7 C. CHECA ESP Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 1'48.400 1'48.168 38 1'47.196 1'47.196 165,767

    2 4 J. REA GBR Castrol Honda Honda CBR1000RR 1'48.241 1'47.973 32 1'47.274 0.078 1'47.274 165,647

    3 41 N. HAGA JPN PATA Racing Team Aprilia Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'49.041 1'48.210 38 1'47.442 0.246 1'47.442 165,388

    4 66 T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Superbike Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'48.884 1'47.799 33 1'47.468 0.272 1'47.468 165,348

    5 58 E. LAVERTY IRL Yamaha World Superbike Team Yamaha YZF R1 1'49.991 1'48.727 33 1'47.929 0.733 1'47.929 164,642

    6 91 L. HASLAM GBR BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 1'48.701 1'48.396 36 1'48.081 0.885 1'48.081 164,410

    7 86 A. BADOVINI ITA BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team BMW S1000 RR 1'49.394 1'48.935 31 1'48.234 1.038 1'48.234 164,178

    8 50 S. GUINTOLI FRA Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing Ducati 1098R 1'49.003 1'48.691 41 1'48.416 1.220 1'48.416 163,902

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

    9 33 M. MELANDRI ITA Yamaha World Superbike Team Yamaha YZF R1 1'48.844 1'48.528 39 1'47.781 1'47.781 164,868

    10 2 L. CAMIER GBR Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'49.282 1'48.624 39 1'47.858 0.077 1'47.858 164,750

    11 84 M. FABRIZIO ITA Team Suzuki Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'48.726 1'48.103 37 1'48.126 0.345 1'48.126 164,342

    12 121 M. BERGER FRA Supersonic Racing Team Ducati 1098R 1'49.023 1'48.935 33 1'48.334 0.553 1'48.334 164,026

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

    13 96 J. SMRZ CZE Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing Ducati 1098R 1'49.072 1'48.551 35 1'48.741 1'48.741 163,412

    14 23 F. SANDI ITA Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 1'49.125 1'48.715 37 1'48.812 0.071 1'48.812 163,306

    15 11 T. CORSER AUS BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 1'50.011 1'48.879 36 1'48.894 0.153 1'48.894 163,183

    16 53 A. POLITA ITA Barni Racing Team S.N.C. Ducati 1098R 1'49.134 1'49.027 37 1'49.091 0.350 1'49.091 162,888

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

    17 8 M. AITCHISON AUS Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'49.665 1'49.159 37 1'49.159 162,786

    18 17 J. LASCORZ ESP Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'49.781 1'49.185 33 1'49.185 162,748

    19 15 M. BAIOCCO ITA Barni Racing Team Ducati 1098R 1'50.104 1'49.378 38 1'49.378 162,460

    20 111 R. XAUS ESP Castrol Honda Honda CBR1000RR 1'49.855 1'49.595 29 1'49.595 162,139

    21 44 R. ROLFO ITA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'51.086 1'49.668 34 1'49.668 162,031

    22 112 J. FORES ESP BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team BMW S1000 RR 1'51.790 1'50.888 36 1'50.888 160,248

    Superpole Fastest Lap (Superpole 3) No. 7 CHECA Carlos Time 1'47.196 Avg. 165,767 Km/h


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    Grid positions for Sunday's Singapore GP line up in team order for P1-10
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    Saturday, 24 September : UPDATE - II

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    BMW Motorrad Motorsport ÔÇô WSBK - Imola
    Imola ÔÇô Qualifying Practice 2 & Superpole.
    Saturday, 24 September 2011.
    *
    *
    Weather conditions: Sunny.
    Temperature: Air: 26 ÔÇô 28 ??C, Track: 35 ÔÇô 44 ??C
    Number of riders participating: 22 from 14 teams
    Fastest lap Qualifying Practices: Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) 1:47.799 min
    Fastest lap Superpole 3: Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) 1:47.196 min
    *
    *
    Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport has a promising platform for the 11th round of the 2011 FIM Superbike World Championship. The team will start tomorrowÔÇÖs races at Imola (ITA) from the second row. Factory rider, Leon Haslam (GBR), finished todayÔÇÖs Superpole qualifying in sixth. His team mate Troy Corser (AUS) encountered some grip issues and qualified 15th. Ayrton Badovini (ITA) from the BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team finished in seventh and will also start from the second row on his BMW S 1000 RR. His team mate Xavi Fores (ESP) qualified 22nd.
    *
    Leon Haslam:
    Fastest lap Qualifying Practices: 1:48.396 min (P6) / Fastest lap FP: 1:48.254 min (P3) / Fastest lap Superpole 3: 1:48.081 min (P6)
    ÔÇ£I have been feeling confident all weekend and we managed to get the bike working well yesterday. That gave me a lot of confidence coming into Superpole but today we had a few issues with the bike which made things difficult. We still managed to qualify on the second row of the grid however, which is a good position to be in going into tomorrowÔÇÖs races. On the whole I am feeling pretty happy and looking forward to tomorrow.ÔÇØ
    *
    Troy Corser:
    Fastest lap Qualifying Practices: 1:48.879 min (P13) / Fastest lap FP: 1:49.033 min (P13) / Fastest lap Superpole 1: 1:48.894 min (P15)
    ÔÇ£We have been improving with every session this weekend and we have found a pretty good set-up on race tyres. Sadly when we changed to qualifying tyres we were not able to take advantage of the extra grip. I actually set my fastest lap on race tyres but that wasnÔÇÖt good enough to progress further in Superpole today. Still, we are happy with the race set-up. We just need a good start tomorrow in both races and then letÔÇÖs see what happens from there.ÔÇØ
    *
    Rainer B?ñumel (Head of Race Operations):
    ÔÇ£On LeonÔÇÖs side, we encountered unexpected issues this morning. This might have been due to todayÔÇÖs higher temperatures but we were able to sort this out for the Superpole. In the deciding third part, Leon was out on the slower race tyre, as we had no qualifying tyres left. He was very consistent and quick, which makes me optimistic for tomorrow. With TroyÔÇÖs RR we found a good set-up for the Superpole. Unfortunately the qualifying tyre did not work. We could not get enough grip out of it. However we have confidence in him for the race as we have a good race set-up for his bike.ÔÇØ

    Troy Corser.com

    Despite ending up on the fourth row of the grid for tomorrowÔÇÖs two 212-lap races, Troy is in a positive mood. As long as he can get two good starts, he believes he will overcome FridayÔÇÖs problems and come away with some good results. FridayÔÇÖs loss of track time hindered TroyÔÇÖs progress today, but on race rubber he feels generally satisfied with the bike. On qualifying tyres, the story is different and once again Troy and the team could not get the bike to perform as well as it had done on regular rubber. Carlos Checa (Ducati) took pole position - his sixth of the season - though this time it was by the narrowest of margins. Less than seven hundredths of a second separated him and Jonathan Rea (Honda) in second place. Third is Noriyuki Haga (Aprilia), with Tom Sykes (Kawasaki) completing the front row line-up. Once again the top six bikes in Superpole are from six different manufacturers. Troy - 15th, 1:48.894 Generally I am reasonably happy with how today went, though obviously I wouldÔÇÖve preferred a position higher up the grid. Considering that we lost at least fifteen laps yesterday, I think we did pretty well and IÔÇÖm happy enough with the bike on race rubber. Once again, we had a problem when we put qualifying tyres on the bike and there was no improvement. Part of this, in Superpole anyway, might have been down to the fact that the track temperature was 44C and there are often problems when itÔÇÖs so hot. We also need to work on the bump absorption. At the moment, it is not so good and I cannot use the kerbs, like everybody else. Tomorrow morning, in the warm-up, weÔÇÖll try a different (shorter) swing arm. ItÔÇÖs something that IÔÇÖve been wanting to try and tomorrow weÔÇÖll give it a go and if it works OK then weÔÇÖll make more tests at the next round. My starts have been pretty good and itÔÇÖs a fair drag down to turn one, so if I can make good starts, I can at least be up with the leaders. Row two wouldÔÇÖve been better for sure, but letÔÇÖs see what happens tomorrow. See ya, Troy



    BMW Motorrad Italia Superbike Team ÔÇô Imola ÔÇô Superpole
    24.09.2011
    Ayrton Badovini*will start from the second row of the grid of the race at Imola tomorrow. Ayrton was the fastest Italian having set the seventh fastest time.* Xavi Fores *continues to gain experience with the Superbike. In* Superstock* Barrier*is on the front row with* Zanettion the second.

    The* BMW Motorrad Italia Superbike Team *claimed a place on the second row at the prestigious International Autodrome in Imola, thanks to the talented* Ayrton Badovini.*With an aggressive ride in Superpole 2, the Biella rider was able to go through to the finals in which he managed to set the seventh fastest time, placing him on the second row of the grid. Ayrton entered the Superpole phase, thanks to taking 15th in qualifying but in the morning free practice before Superpole he was running in the top ten.

    Ayrton said: "I'm happy because we finally found the key to the problem. I am really pleased with the last time in Superpole 3 which was set on race tyres. ItÔÇÖs usual to set one quick lap in qualifying but I was consistently fast. I also want to thank my fans who have come in large numbers to support me here. "

    For his part *Xavi Fores*continued his bonding with the Superbike, which only allowed him to set the 22nd fastest time that will see him start from the sixth row.

    In* Superstock*a fall in the late stages of the session should not prevent* Sylvain Barrier from having a good race, as he achieved the third fastest time today.* Lorenzo Zanetti*will start from the second row but his distance from the leader should not prevent him from breaking into top positions in the race.

    Serafino Foti, sporting director of BMW Motorrad Italia Superbike Team at the end of qualifying said: "It been a good day because, thanks to teamÔÇÖs hard work, we were able to improve on the situation yesterday. Ayrton gave us the rest. We are also ready for the race and we hope he can get a good start, staying in the top group.

    Xavi has made a lot of effort to adapt to the high level of current Superbike. He has improved by about a second and a half from yesterday. The two races tomorrow will enable him to get more familiar with the bike.

    There should be no physical consequences from SylvainÔÇÖs fall in the last minute of qualifying and the lap times are promising. He will definitely have a good race. Lorenzo, as can happen, had difficulties in practice, but I'm sure they will be behind him tomorrow."

    Superbike*- Superpole: 1?? C. Checa (Ducati) 1'47.196 - 2?? J. Rea (Honda) + 0.078 - 3?? N. Haga (Aprilia) + 0.248... 7??* A. Badovini (BMW) *+ 1.038...22??* J. Fores (BMW)
    Superstock: 1?? D. Giugliano (Ducati) 1'50.016 - 2?? D. Petrucci (Ducati) + 0.386 - 3??* S. Barrier (BMW) *+ 0.572 - 4?? L. Baroni (Ducati) + 0.752 - 5??* L. Zanetti (BMW)*+ 0.778

    motomatters.com: Imola WorldSBK press releases

    [url=http://www.worldsbk.com/images/stories/documents/2012_fim_superbike_championship_provisional_calend ar.pdf]worldsbk.com[url]: pdf ÔÇô 2012 WorldSBK calendar


    Formula 1

    fia.com: Qualifying press conference

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    Qualifying:
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    formula1.com: Qualfiying analysis ÔÇô who can ruin Vettel's party?
    FWIW: The correct question may not be who but what can ruin Vettel's party? Street curcuits are unforgiving. An error on Vettel's part could easily eliminate him from the race.

    formul1.com: Qualifying ÔÇô selected team and driver quotes

    formula1.com: Q&A with Force India's Vijay Mallya

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    fim-live.com: BMW Motorrad France 99 in the lead after five hours

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    Sunday, 25 September Update: I

    SBK

    FWIW: Sunday warm up session had the field jumbled once again. Haslam is shown solidly in the 1:48 range needed to be among the contenders while the other Enigma riders needed a good deal of work on their times to be competative

    Imola - SUPERBIKE - Warm*Up

    1.*Noriyuki Haga (PATA*Racing*Team*Aprilia) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'48.242
    2.*Tom Sykes (Kawasaki*Racing*Team*Superbike) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'48.379
    3.*Jonathan Rea (Castrol*Honda) Honda CBR1000RR 1'48.431
    4.*Leon Haslam (BMW*Motorrad*Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 1'48.471
    5.*Carlos Checa (Althea*Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'48.507
    6.*Jakub Smrz (Team*Effenbert-Liberty*Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'48.564
    7.*Sylvain Guintoli (Team*Effenbert-Liberty*Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'48.684
    8.*Michel Fabrizio (Team*Suzuki*Alstare) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'48.812
    9.*Maxime Berger (Supersonic*Racing*Team) Ducati 1098R 1'49.037
    10.*Mark Aitchison (Team*Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'49.084
    11.*Leon Camier (Aprilia*Alitalia*Racing*Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'49.268
    12.*Federico Sandi (Althea*Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'49.302
    13.*Eugene Laverty (Yamaha*World*Superbike*Team) Yamaha YZF R1 1'49.304
    14.*Marco Melandri (Yamaha*World*Superbike*Team) Yamaha YZF R1 1'49.408
    15.*Troy Corser (BMW*Motorrad*Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 1'49.437
    16.*Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki*Racing*Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'49.499
    17.*Ruben Xaus (Castrol*Honda) Honda CBR1000RR 1'49.571
    18.*Ayrton Badovini (BMW*Motorrad*Italia*SBK*Team) BMW S1000 RR 1'49.953
    19.*Javier Fores (BMW*Motorrad*Italia*SBK*Team) BMW S1000 RR 1'50.372
    20.*Roberto Rolfo (Team*Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'50.869
    21.*Matteo Baiocco (Barni*Racing*Team) Ducati 1098R 1'50.956
    22.*Alessandro Polita (Barni*Racing*Team*S.N.C.) Ducati 1098R 1'51.325

    Race 1

    Sykes and his Kawasaki won the first lap followed by Checa Rea Laverty Haga Camier Melandri Haslam and Bodovini (Corser P14). By the time Live Timing recycled for sector 2 of lap 2 Camier had dropped to P22.

    Sykes would hold the lead for the first third of the race until Rea took the lead. Haslam and Melandri were dueling for position. The pair traded positions a couple of times then on the 8th lap Haslam retired from the race. This left Badovini to uphold BMW honors.

    Up front Rea and Haga were in a runaway fight for the lead. The gap to the P3 fight between Sykes and Checa was over six seconds as the race wound down. Ad another six seconds to the P5 fight between Laverty and Guintoli then another 8 to Smrz and Badovini then Melandri.

    Rea was able to hold off Haga. Checa took the last podium spot from Sykes. Melandri was able to best Badovini who was the first BMW rider across the line in P9. Corser finished in P12.

    Race 2 to come. Will Haslam and Fores make it back for the show? Time will tell.

    Imola - SUPERBIKE - Race*1

    1.*Jonathan Rea (Castrol*Honda) Honda CBR1000RR 38'03.396
    2.*Noriyuki Haga (PATA*Racing*Team*Aprilia) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 38'03.507
    3.*Carlos Checa (Althea*Racing) Ducati 1098R 38'12.845
    4.*Tom Sykes (Kawasaki*Racing*Team*Superbike) Kawasaki ZX-10R 38'13.188
    5.*Eugene Laverty (Yamaha*World*Superbike*Team) Yamaha YZF R1 38'18.095
    6.*Sylvain Guintoli (Team*Effenbert-Liberty*Racing) Ducati 1098R 38'20.216
    7.*Jakub Smrz (Team*Effenbert-Liberty*Racing) Ducati 1098R 38'27.623
    8.*Marco Melandri (Yamaha*World*Superbike*Team) Yamaha YZF R1 38'28.331
    9.*Ayrton Badovini (BMW*Motorrad*Italia*SBK*Team) BMW S1000 RR 38'28.620
    10.*Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki*Racing*Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 38'28.883
    11.*Mark Aitchison (Team*Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 38'29.544
    12.*Troy Corser (BMW*Motorrad*Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 38'29.840
    13.*Federico Sandi (Althea*Racing) Ducati 1098R 38'33.157
    14.*Alessandro Polita (Barni*Racing*Team*S.N.C.) Ducati 1098R 38'33.479
    15.*Leon Camier (Aprilia*Alitalia*Racing*Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 38'38.258
    16.*Matteo Baiocco (Barni*Racing*Team) Ducati 1098R 38'43.727
    17.*Ruben Xaus (Castrol*Honda) Honda CBR1000RR 38'47.943
    18.*Roberto Rolfo (Team*Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 38'53.637
    RT.*Leon Haslam (BMW*Motorrad*Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 14'37.223
    RT.*Javier Fores (BMW*Motorrad*Italia*SBK*Team) BMW S1000 RR 11'14.571
    RT.*Michel Fabrizio (Team*Suzuki*Alstare) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'52.910
    RT.*Maxime Berger (Supersonic*Racing*Team) Ducati 1098R 1'54.522

    Formula 1

    The Singapore GP starts shortly. The weather conditions are questionable.

    Other Racing


    The dual between SRC Kawasaki & SERT continues


    As the sun rises over the Bugatti circuit, the SRC Kawasaki ZX-10R and the SERT GSX-R played cat and mouse during the night. The leadership changed depending during the pitstops for refueling. Despite their last minute rider change (Baptiste Guittet replaced Vincent Philippe, injured), the SERT has been able so far to race for victory.The two machines have eight laps advantage on the Monster Yamaha YART. The Austrian Yamaha did a great comeback since Loris Baz crashed during the early hours of the race. The Kawasaki Bolliger Team Switzerland and the Honda TT Legends are doing well. They are behind the leaders since the beginning of the race and are respectively fourth and fifth ahead of the Yamaha of YMES Folch Endurance and the BMW Motorrad France 99.After a start from pole position, the BMW Motorrad France 99 took the lead after 4 hours of racing but lost the first position around 4 this morning. An electric problem hampered their acceleration performance and imposed a serious intervention, this resulted a loss of 14 laps from the leaders.The first Superstock machine is the Suzuki of Junior Team LMS, in eighth position ahead of the Kawasaki from Maccio Racing and the Suzuki of Team Motors Events Bodyguard AMT. The first Open class bike is the Metiss JLC Moto.The beginning of the race was quite hectic. Several crashes occurred during the early hours and the first one was from the Yamaha Racing France GMT 94 Ipone, during the fourth lap involving David Checa. Matthieu Lagrive hit the ground twice as he suffered from a faulty accelerator and from gravel left on the track. Seriously damaged, the Yamaha 94 had to give up just after 10 pm.In 13th position,* the BMW of 18 Sapeurs Pompiers Team also abandoned around midnight, after facing overheating problems and a faulty front fork oil seal. Just before 7 am, the Honda National Motos disappeared from the time sheet after crashing and so did the Bihr Metiss. In the Superstock class, the Yamaha DG Sport had to retire at 10:30 pm after their engine broke down.Follow the race live on www.fim-tv.com and on Motors TV.

    Honda TT Legends – Pit stop waiting game


    World Superstock 1000 – Imola

    Ducati took all podium spots and P4 leaving BMW Motorrad Italia rider Barrier in P5 as the first BMW across the finish line. Gamier Alpha Racing's Reiterberger P6 was the next BMW. Zanetti, Barrier's teammate was a DNF going out on lap 11 of 12.

    worldsbk.com: Giugliano second but still championship leader.

    Imola - SUPERSTOCK 1000 - Race

    1.*Danilo Petrucci (Barni*Racing*Team) Ducati 1098R 22'10.546
    2.*Davide Giugliano (Althea*Racing) Ducati 1098R 22'12.633
    3.*Niccol?? Canepa (Lazio*MotorSport) Ducati 1098R 22'13.885
    4.*Lorenzo Baroni (Althea*Racing) Ducati 1098R 22'24.968
    5.*Sylvain Barrier (BMW*Motorrad*Italia*Superstock) BMW S1000 RR 22'26.676
    6.*Markus Reiterberger (Garnier*Alpha*Racing*Team) BMW S1000 RR 22'31.191
    7.*Sheridan Morais (Lorenzini*by*Leoni) Kawasaki ZX-10R 22'31.863
    8.*Michele Magnoni (Baru*Racing*Team) BMW S1000 RR 22'32.029
    9.*Fabio Massei (Team*Piellemoto) BMW S1000 RR 22'33.270
    10.*Lorenzo Savadori (Lorenzini*by*Leoni) Kawasaki ZX-10R 22'34.076
    11.*Andrea Antonelli (Team*Lorini) Honda CBR1000RR 22'35.037
    12.*Bryan Staring (Team*Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 22'39.667
    13.*Marco Bussolotti (Pedercini*Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 22'39.972
    14.*Leandro*Denis Mercado (Team*Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 22'48.164
    15.*Ferruccio Lamborghini (Ten*Kate*Junior*Team) Honda CBR1000RR 22'53.438
    16.*Jeremy Guarnoni (MRS*Yamaha*Racing*France) Yamaha YZF R1 22'53.720
    17.*Dani Rivas (Goeleven) Kawasaki ZX-10R 22'53.798
    18.*Beau Beaton (Garnier*Racing*Team) BMW S1000 RR 22'54.402
    19.*Tomas Svitok (SK*Energy*Team) Ducati 1098R 23'05.361
    20.*Niccol?? Rosso (Goeleven) Kawasaki ZX-10R 23'10.232
    21.*Danilo Andric (Limited*Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 23'11.966
    22.*Roy Ten*Napel (Domburg*Racing) Honda CBR1000RR 23'12.607
    23.*Randy Pagaud (Garnier*Racing*Team) BMW S1000 RR 23'19.724
    24.*Gabriel Berclaz (Berclaz*Racing*Team) Honda CBR1000RR 23'22.610
    25.*Thomas Caiani (BWG*Racing*Kawasaki) Kawasaki ZX-10R 23'44.793
    26.*Alen Gyorfi (Adrenalin*H-Moto*Team) Honda CBR1000RR 23'02.429
    RT.*Lorenzo Zanetti (BMW*Motorrad*Italia*Superstock) BMW S1000 RR 1'54.649
    RT.*Eddi La*Marra (Team*Lorini) Honda CBR1000RR 1'56.529

    FWIW: What a difference a year and change in team focus makes. Aryton Badovini still holds the WSS 1000 race fastest lap for Imola. He set that last year on his BMW Motorrad Italia Team S1000RR while on his Championship run.
    Pass the mustard and UP THE REVOLUTION!

    St. Paul Pioneer Press , Minneapolis Star Tribune

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    Sunday, 25 September : Update II

    SBK: Race 2

    Rea took the race lead on lap one followed by Laverty Camier Sykes Checa Haslam and Haga. Badovini was back in P12 and Corser P14. Rea opened up a lead as the field jockeyed for position behind him.

    Five + laps into the race the field shifted as Laverty began to drop while Checa clawed his way up.
    Rea Haga Camier Checa Laverty Haslam. Haslam and Checa would each gain a spot on the next laps.

    Attrition has taken its toll by the half way point. Fabrizio Baiocco Corser Sykes Rolfo and Smrz were listed as out of the race.

    On lap 13 Berger and Fores were shown a lap down to the leader.

    Defend or attack. This is the situation Haslam found himself in as he was sandwiched between P5 Laverty (he had taken the spot back) and Guintoli in P7.

    Attacking was on Checa's mind. He moved to P2 then with five laps remaining he lit up in sector 1 as the leader and with four laps remaining took the top of the chart. Haga followed passing Rea for P2. Rea had gone from the lead to now almost 6 seconds behind Checa in P1.

    Rea dropped like a stone through the field. With three laps remaining Checa was now in the lead with over three seconds in hand of Haga and more than 13 on Camier in P3. Haslam was still sandwiched in P5.

    17 laps into the race Rea had gone from leader to the paddock. That is the route to the get to the podium. The trouble with that is the race was 21 laps.

    The podium would be occupied by Checa Haga and Camier.

    P4 Laerty and P5 to Haslam. Badovini would come home in P10.

    Imola - SUPERBIKE - Race*2

    1.*Carlos Checa (Althea*Racing) Ducati 1098R 38'04.538
    2.*Noriyuki Haga (PATA*Racing*Team*Aprilia) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 38'09.169
    3.*Leon Camier (Aprilia*Alitalia*Racing*Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 38'19.697
    4.*Eugene Laverty (Yamaha*World*Superbike*Team) Yamaha YZF R1 38'21.733
    5.*Leon Haslam (BMW*Motorrad*Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 38'21.926
    6.*Marco Melandri (Yamaha*World*Superbike*Team) Yamaha YZF R1 38'23.071
    7.*Sylvain Guintoli (Team*Effenbert-Liberty*Racing) Ducati 1098R 38'24.153
    8.*Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki*Racing*Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 38'24.601
    9.*Mark Aitchison (Team*Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 38'28.732
    10.*Ayrton Badovini (BMW*Motorrad*Italia*SBK*Team) BMW S1000 RR 38'33.023
    11.*Ruben Xaus (Castrol*Honda) Honda CBR1000RR 38'33.138
    12.*Federico Sandi (Althea*Racing) Ducati 1098R 38'46.340
    13.*Maxime Berger (Supersonic*Racing*Team) Ducati 1098R 38'59.288
    14.*Javier Fores (BMW*Motorrad*Italia*SBK*Team) BMW S1000 RR 39'16.819
    RT.*Alessandro Polita (Barni*Racing*Team*S.N.C.) Ducati 1098R 34'46.265
    RT.*Jonathan Rea (Castrol*Honda) Honda CBR1000RR 30'54.319
    RT.*Michel Fabrizio (Team*Suzuki*Alstare) Suzuki GSX-R1000 18'19.929
    RT.*Matteo Baiocco (Barni*Racing*Team) Ducati 1098R 16'36.970
    RT.*Troy Corser (BMW*Motorrad*Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 16'38.950
    RT.*Tom Sykes (Kawasaki*Racing*Team*Superbike) Kawasaki ZX-10R 13'01.813
    RT.*Roberto Rolfo (Team*Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 3'48.126
    RT.*Jakub Smrz (Team*Effenbert-Liberty*Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'56.223


    Formula 1: Singapore GP

    The race will start as a dry track with mild winds. Weather should not be an issue.

    Schumacher and the Force India drivers have chosen to start the race on soft compound tires. They retained the tyre choice option by not turning a time in yesterdays Q3 session. Everyone else begins the race on their qualifying super-soft tyres. This could give them an advantage after the first round of pit stops but Vettel's dominance seems hard to overcome.

    The race got underway cleanly. After the first lap the top 10 were Vettel Button Alonso Webber Massa Rosberg Schumacher Hamilton Sutil Di Resta. Hamilton had the worst start finding himself behind Schumacher. This is the place he struggled in for much of the last race.

    Four laps into the race Vettel had already established a 4.4 second lead on Button in P2. Hamilton was able to get past Schumacher using the DRS zone and quickly began attacking Rosberg in an effort to get back to the front. He would dispatch Rosberg on the next lap in the same place.

    As lap seven began Vettel had increased his margin over Button to 8.2 seconds. Some place in the opening laps HRT's Ricciardo damaged his wing and is already a lap down to the leader.

    Lap 10 Vettel's lead is over 12 seconds as Rosberg heads into the pits. He is the firs to do so setting up a three stop plan for Mercedes apparently. Alonso Hamilton and others follow while Vettel and Button carry on out front.

    Lap 13 Vettel's lead on Button is 11.5 seconds and a full 40.6 seconds to De Resta currently in P3.

    Hamilton attacks Massa for position but miss judges tagging the Ferrari in the process. Massa is forced to pit for a new set of tyres. Hamilton soldiers on with front wing damage the incident under investigation and no doubt a penalty waiting the McLaren driver.

    Lap 15 Vettel and Button both pit for a set of hards.

    Hamilton is given a drive through penalty for tagging Massa. Massa is shown in P17 and Hamilton will go down from his current P19.

    Lap 21: Vettel sets another fast lap time opening his lead over Button to 14.4 seconds. He has lapped the grid to P17 and should over take P16 Kovalainen in short order.

    The top 10 parade order is Vettel Button Alonso Webber Rosberg Schumacher Sutil Di Resta Perez Maldonado.

    Lap 22 Rosberg feels the need to be a the trend setter once again by pitting for the second time in his three stop strategy. This should set off a pit row flurry over the next couple laps. Have to give the viewers some excitement.

    Lap 26 Schumacher breaks up the action by setting a new fast lap after warming his third set of tyres of the day. Massa does the same shortly after.

    Lap 29 Rosberg and Perez were duking it out when Rosberg passed. Schumacher tried to follow and ended up in the wall bringing the safety car out. At this point Vettel had a 22+ second lead on Button. Both headed to the pits for the their second stop.

    Lap 30 The field will bunch up in single file behind the safety car. Vettel's lead over Button will be gone. He was shown tohave lapped through at least P14 by this time.

    The restart order will be Vettel Button Alonso Webber Di Resta Rosberg Sutil Perez Barrichello and Hamilton in the top 10 slots. (Don't hold me to this the field is being sorted out and additional pit stops taken for fresh tyres.)

    No one seems to be able to beat Vettel today but the track. Will it get the best of him on the restart?

    Replays show Schumacher tagging Perez in the rear and launching himself upward then directly into the wall. Ouch.

    Lap 33 the safety car pits and Vettel goes purple in all sectors setting another fast lap and opening a 8.9 second lead over Button in P2 with the help of some back markers.

    With Vettel blasting away from everyone the attention went to Di Resta in P5 and the line of cars behind him. Six seconds separate P5 and P11. Di Resta is followed by Rosberg Sutil Hamilton Perez Massa and Maldonado. This could get messy.

    Fortunately is does not. Hamilton is the driver that charges through this pack. He is given wide berth by those he passes and on lap 38 he makes it past Di Resta and sets his sights on Alonso some 13+ seconds ahead at the time.

    Insult to injury ÔÇô Kobayashi is under investigation for ignoring the blue flags being waved to usher Vettel past him. He may well suffer the embarrassment of being lapped and a drive through penalty.

    Lap 41 Kobayashi is given a drive through and quickly serves his time for his part in holding Vettel's lead over Button to 13.0 seconds at this time in the race.

    Superbike live timing is firing up to save me from this Singapore GP.

    While I was gone Vettel opened up enough of a lead to pit without fear of being overtaken. Button set a series of fast laps at the close of the race in an effort to overtake but was unsuccessful.

    Vettel wins!

    1 Vettel
    2 Button
    3 Webber
    4 Alonso
    5 Hamilton
    6 Di Resta
    7 Rosberg
    8 Sutil
    9 Massa
    10 Perez
    11 Maldonado
    12 Buemi
    13 Barrichello
    14 Kobayashi
    15 Senna
    16 Kovalainen
    17 Petrov
    18 D'Ambrosio
    19 Ricciardo
    20 Luzzi
    21 Alguersuari
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    Other Racing

    STK1000 Race hilights


    fim-live.com: Heroic Hancock wins 2nd World Championship
    Pass the mustard and UP THE REVOLUTION!

    St. Paul Pioneer Press , Minneapolis Star Tribune

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    fim-live.com: Race win but Checa has to wait for title

    hondaproracing.com: Rea takes Castrol Honda back to the top of the podium

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    motomatters.com: Imola World Superbike and Supersport press releases

    BMW Motorrad Motorsport - WSBK - Imola ÔÇô Races
    25.09.2011
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    Imola ÔÇô Races.
    Sunday, 25 September 2011.


    Weather conditions: Sunny.
    Temperature: Air: 25 ÔÇô 28 ??C, Track: 36 ÔÇô 44 ??C
    Number of riders participating: 22 from 14 teams
    Fastest lap Race 1: Noriyuki Haga (PATA Racing Team Aprilia) 1:47.960 min
    Fastest lap Race 2: Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) 1:47.943 min


    After two promising days at Imola (ITA), Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport waited in vain for top results in todayÔÇÖs races. The team leaves the 11th round of the 2011 FIM Superbike World Championship with another top-five result under its belt. Factory rider, Leon Haslam (GBR), finished fifth in the second heat after he fell in race one. His team mate Troy Corser (AUS) finished 12th in the first race, but had to retire in race two.

    In race one, Leon kept sixth place on the opening laps. Then he found his rhythm and was able to push, closing the gap to the front runners. After eight laps, he was only 0.2 seconds behind the leading group. But then he fell on lap nine and was forced to retire. Troy started from 15th and was able to make up some positions during the race. After the start of race two, Leon was fighting in the leading group. But then he struggled to go the pace of the front runners and had to settle for fifth. Troy made another good start, but then lost positions and retired on lap 11. The races were won by Jonathan Rea (GBR) and Carlos Checa (ESP). On the grid of the second race, Troy was given a special award by Infront for having achieved his 4000th world championship point at N??rburgring (GER) earlier this month.

    In the ridersÔÇÖ championship, Leon is fifth with 187 points. Troy lies 15th with 71 points. In the manufacturersÔÇÖ standings BMW is fourth with 232 points. Ayrton Badovini (ITA) of the BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team finished ninth and tenth respectively. His team mate Xavi Fores (ESP) retired in the first race and came home 14th in the second.

    In the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup race four BMW S 1000 RRs were classified in the top 10. Sylvain Barrier (FRA) from the BMW Motorrad Italia Superstock Team finished fifth, followed by Markus Reiterberger (GER) from the Garnier Alpha Racing Team in sixth. Baru Racing Team rider Michele Magnoni (ITA) finished eighth, Fabio Massei (ITA) of Team Piellemoto crossed the line in ninth.

    At the 24-hour race at Le Mans (FRA), Team BMW Motorrad France 99 started with its RR from pole position and led until the halfway point, but then suffered technical issues and finished seventh.

    Leon Haslam:
    Result Race 1: DNF / Fastest Lap Race 1: 1:48.743 min
    Result Race 2: 5th/ Gap to 1st: 00:17.388 min / Fastest Lap Race 2: 1:48.883 min
    ÔÇ£In the early stages of race one I was struggling to push properly, but after a few laps I found a good rhythm and caught up to Tom and Carlos. Unfortunately I then got a false neutral. I went into the corner, the gear jumped out and in again and I fell. I am disappointed with the crash. For race two, we made some small changes to try and improve the bike, but the increase in air temperature meant things didnÔÇÖt work out as we planned. So I lost the contact to the leading group and just had to try and maintain my position.ÔÇØ

    Troy Corser:
    Result Race 1: 12th/ Gap to 1st: 00:26.444 min / Fastest Lap Race 1: 1:48.976 min
    Result Race 2: DNF / Fastest Lap Race 2: 1:49.287 min
    ÔÇ£In race one I did not get a bad start, but then I ran a little bit wide at the ÔÇÿTosaÔÇÖ-hairpin. We had made quite a few changes on the bike, so it took me a few laps to learn how to ride it. Once I had worked it out, I was able to push. In race two I felt something was wrong with the bike, as I could hear a strange noise coming from it. I am not sure where it was coming from or what it was but something wasnÔÇÖt right. So I decided to play it safe and pull in. It is a shame because I felt good and we could have scored some good points.ÔÇØ

    Bernhard Gobmeier (BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director):
    ÔÇ£After our good lap times on Friday and Saturday we, of course, expected more. In the first race we had a crash due to the bike jumping out of gear. Until then the lap times were great. In the second race the times were not that good anymore, so at the end of the day Leon finished fifth. This position was hard fought for, But there is room for improvement and we aim to transfer the information we have collected here into top results next week at Magny-Cours.ÔÇØ

    TroyCorser.com

    The highlight for Troy in Imola today was a presentation from InFront Sports commemorating the fact that Troy has scored over 4000 points in the World Superbike Championship - comfortably ahead of any other rider. Although Troy did increase his overall points tally today it was just by four points - thanks to a 12th place in race one. He was forced to retire in race two, because of severe engine vibrations, and so scored no further points. Although Troy was generally happier with his bike today, the lowly grid position did nothing to help his cause this weekend, but he will take the weekendÔÇÖs positives and hope that Magny-Cours next weekend will be much better. Jonathan Rea (Honda) won race one, with Noriyuki Haga (Aprilia) second and series leader Carlos Checa (Ducati) third. Rea then comfortably led race two and was on course for a double until a problem with a battery connector put him out of contention. With Rea sidelined, Haga and Checa were left to fight it out for the lead. Checa slipped past Haga on the approach to the final chicane on lap 16 and was then never headed on his way to victory, over four seconds ahead of Haga at the flag, Third went to Leon Camier (Aprilia) with Eugene Laverty (Yamaha) fourth and Leon Haslam (BMW) fifth. Troy - Race 1: 12th, Race 2: DNF Although my results were not particularly good today, the things we tried on the bike in this morningÔÇÖs warm-up were an improvement and something that we can work on in the next round, so thatÔÇÖs a positive. We tried a different pivot point, a shorter swinging arm and the bike definitely felt better. In the first race it took a few laps to understand the effects of the changes and after that my lap times were pretty consistent, but by then the leaders had too much of an advantage and there was no way that I could catch them. For race two, we worked with the pivot point again so that we could get a bit more support and wheelie less. After a couple of laps the bike began vibrating and it steadily got worse and worse. I managed 12 laps and maybe couldÔÇÖve stayed out for more, but I was worried that the engine would get wrecked so I pulled in. It was a shame because I like this track - especially now that theyÔÇÖve resurfaced it - and felt pretty confident of a top six finish. I think I was just plain unlucky today and I hope that I donÔÇÖt get more of the same in Magny-Cours next week. ItÔÇÖs another track I like, so IÔÇÖm hoping to put my recent poor form behind me and get some good results. See ya, Troy


    BMW MOTORRAD ITALIA SUPERBIKE TEAM - IMOLA ÔÇô RACE
    25.09.2011

    Ayrton Badovini*remains in the top ten in the world championship after a difficult weekend. Xavi Fores *wins his first point in World Superbikes.* Barrier*is fifth in the* Superstock, while, unfortunately,* Zanetti*falls. *

    Ayrton Badovini had a long battle with Marco Melandri in race one, fighting for eighth place and finished in ninth, a result that allows him to acquire more precious points for the world standings. In race two, thanks to a good comeback, Ayrton managed to finish in the top ten. *

    Ayrton said of the day: "Imola is a difficult track and very demanding physically and I started to suffer a bit at the end of race two. We finished with two good results, but I'm not happy, because we had the potential to do more. In race one it was very even with Melandri, and I confess it was also very funny. In race two I started badly and that forced me to climb from 18th position, finishing in tenth place. We're going to Magny Cours aware that we have a good chance, especially as we just received an engine update. I want to thank my fan club that has stayed with me, supporting me all weekend. " *

    Xavi Fores, after retiring in race one, finished race two in fourteenth place, winning his first two World Superbike championship points. *

    Results from* Superstock*were below expectations with* Lorenzo Zanetti*out of the picture on the second lap of the race. Lorenzo set up badly going into the first part of the low chicane before the finish line, putting him off line in the second half resulting in a fall. Sylvain Barrier,*despite the incident on Saturday took part in the race, reaching fifth place, a result which allows him to retain fourth position in the FIM Cup.

    Serafino Foti,*sporting director of* BMW Motorrad Italia Superbike Team, commented on the dayÔÇÖs races: "We expected more after the test. Our current potential ranges from 5th to 10th place and but a series of problems has prevented us from doing better than AyrtonÔÇÖs 9th and 10th place finishes. Fores has struggled, but the goal was to finish both races. Unfortunately a technical problem stopped him in the first. Even in Superstock we had an unfortunate weekend. Sylvain was sore after the fall in practice and he miraculously finished the race with a very swollen knee. Lorenzo paid for the error on lap two, but unfortunately this is racing and you have to accept what happened. At this point, the championship is pretty much closed unless there are significant plot twists."
    Superbike:
    Race 1 1: 1?? J. Rea (Honda) 38'03.396 - 2?? N. Haga (Aprilia) + 0.111 - 3?? C. Checa (Ducati) + 9.449... 9??* A. Badovini (BMW)*+ 25.224
    Race 2: 1?? C. Checa (Ducati) 38'04.538 - 2?? N. Haga (Aprilia) + 4.631 - 3?? L. Camier (Aprilia) + 15.159... 10?? *A. Badovini (BMW)*+ 28.485...14??* J. Fores (BMW)*+ 1'12.281**
    Standings: 1?? C. Checa (Ducati) p. 417 - 2?? M. Melandri (Yamaha) p. 320 - 3?? M. Biaggi (Aprilia) p. 281 - ...9??* A. Badovini (BMW)*p. 147 ...22??* J. Toseland (BMW)*p. 13 - 23??* L. Lanzi (BMW)*p. 10...27??* B. Veneman (BMW)*p. 3... 30??* J. Fores (BMW)*p. 2.
    Superstock:
    Race: 1?? D. Petrucci (Ducati) 22'10.546 - 2?? D. Giugliano (Ducati) + 2.087 - 3?? N. Canepa (Ducati) + 3.339 - 4?? L. Baroni (Ducati) + 14.442 - 5??* S. Barrier (BMW) *+ 16.130
    FIM Cup: 1?? D. Giugliano (Ducati) p. 160 - 2?? D. Petrucci (Ducati) p. 119 - 3??* L.* Zanetti (BMW) *p. 117 - 4??* S. Barrier (BMW) *p. 96 - 5?? N. Canepa (Ducati) p. 96



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    BMW Motorrad GS Challenge 2012. Abenteuer und Kr?ñftemessen im Schwarzwald

    Munich. From 14 to 17 June 2012, the fifth edition of the BMW GS challenge Germany launches motorcycle part of Touratech travel event 2012 in Niedereschach in the black forest. This involves motorcycles GS for the 200 participants at this event not tempo, risk, and records, but skill, orientation, teamwork, and the common experience of BMW. Two days is to consist in exciting Geschicklichkeitspr??fungen with and without motorcycle and on winding roadbook routes navigation talent to prove. In addition also the 5th BMW is GS challenge motorcycle 2012 for unforgettable evenings with like-minded people.

    In the context of the 5. BMW Motorcycle GS challenge are the three German participants, for which BMW Motorrad international GS trophy 2012 determined. In this event, the best amateur skiers from Europe and overseas will make 2012 again. For eight days they will experience motorcycle adventure and team spirit in a spectacular terrain here.

    Participation in the BMW Motorrad GS challenge Germany is 450 X possible with every BMW approved on the road with the exception of the G sports Enduro Enduro. The number of participants when the 5 GS challenge is limited to 200 skiers and riders. The entry fee is 280,00 EUR incl. 19% tax. These include dinner and breakfast in three days, per a packed lunch on the two days of driving, camping and sanitary facilities, as well as technical support (without spare parts and inspection).

    For further information on participation, as well as the registration are found on www.gs-challenge.de.

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    BMW Motorrad Motorsport - WSBK - Magny-Cours - Preview
    27.09.2011
    France ÔÇô Magny-Cours.
    Preview.


    30th September ÔÇô 2nd October 2011
    12 of 13 race weekends


    Munich/Stephanskirchen, 27th September 2011. The action is relentless as the 2011 FIM Superbike World Championship enters its final stage. Just one week after the Italian job in Imola, Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport heads to Magny-Cours (FRA) this weekend (30th September to 2nd October) for the penultimate round of the season.

    After eleven race weekends, BMW Motorrad factory rider Leon Haslam (GBR) is fifth in the RiderÔÇÖs Championship with 187 points. His team mate Troy Corser (AUS) is 15th with 71 points. In total, the two have scored 258 points for Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport this season. In the ConstructorsÔÇÖ Championship, BMW currently lies fourth with 232 points. Only the manufacturerÔÇÖs best result from each race counts towards this competition.


    Leon Haslam:
    ÔÇ£Magny-Cours has always been a pretty good circuit for me. Last year, I rode my very first laps on the BMW S 1000 RR there. It is always a little bit cold when we get there, but it is the same for everybody. We have two races to go, and we definitely want to get back on the podium. These last couple of races are very important.

    Magny-Cours is a circuit that should suit the RR. You have a lot of heavy downhill braking and corners that require you to switch down from sixth gear to fourth gear. As a result, the stability of the bike is once again very important for this circuit. It is also crucial to have the right set-up for the conditions.ÔÇØ


    Troy Corser:
    ÔÇ£Magny-Cours is quite a special circuit. It has lots of hairpins and some pretty fast chicanes. The grip there is normally pretty good. However, when we race there it can be quite cold, especially in the mornings. And then you have the possibility of rain. This can influence the grip level. WeÔÇÖll have to wait and see what the weather is like. I really enjoy the circuit. I had a few good results there, including some pole positions. It was also one of the first places where I actually tested the RR. So it will be nice to go back there, as I have some good memories.

    Important factors at Magny-Cours are the top speed of the bike and the braking. You brake from very high speeds down to the slowest corners that we have on the calendar. This is especially the case on the end of the back straight, where you brake from over 280 km/h down to under 50 km/h. So you need good stability on the brakes and a smooth connection, as the corners are quite tight. I think our RR will work well there.ÔÇØ


    Bernhard Gobmeier, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director:
    ÔÇ£We have a score to settle with Magny-Cours after last year. We want to reproduce the fine performances we have shown in recent races, but convert these into results that reflect the level of performance. We made more important findings in Imola last weekend, and are now looking to put these into practice in Magny-Cours. We hope the temperatures there are not so high. That would help us in terms of tyres and grip. In that case, we would have every reason to be confident. Our goal is to put on another excellent show and enjoy a successful penultimate race weekend.

    Magny-Cours has already proven to be a successful stomping ground for the RR this season. The BMW Motorrad France 99 team finished on the podium there at the iconic Bol dÔÇÖOr, the first race in the Endurance World Championship, in which the team still maintains hopes of winning the title.ÔÇØ


    Background:
    The ÔÇ£Circuit de NeversÔÇØ is located 250 kilometres south of Paris in the town of Magny-Cours, in the French departement of Ni?¿vre. Work on constructing a racetrack began here in 1959. The circuit was opened in 1961 and modified for the first time ten years later. Since then it has been the subject of further modifications on several occasions.

    Magny-Cours has a long tradition in motorsport and has hosted the iconic endurance classic, the ÔÇ£Bol dÔÇÖOrÔÇØ, since 2000. The FIM Superbike World Championship made its debut at the French circuit back in 1991. However, it was 2003 before it returned to Magny-Cours. Since then, the series has held its races there every year.

    The circuit poses particular challenges for the teams and riders. The tarmac is extremely flat and offers little grip in some places. The frequently fluctuating weather conditions and gusty winds that sometimes blow through this region in the autumn can also make life tricky. The smooth surface soon becomes slippery when it rains.

    Three hairpin bends give the circuit a unique stop-and-go feel. The track boasts a mixture of fast and slow sections. The first corner, which is taken in fourth gear, requires the bikes to be extremely stable. Good acceleration is important in the long ÔÇ£EstorilÔÇØ bend, in order to hit the following straight at speed. The riders must then brake hard for the ÔÇ£AdelaideÔÇØ hairpin. This is the slowest spot on the entire Superbike World Championship calendar. The bikes tend to pull wheelies upon exiting the bend. Over the remainder of the circuit, the bike must steer well into corners and accelerate powerfully out of tight hairpins and chicanes.

    BMW factory rider Troy Corser has already achieved several pole positions and podium finishes at Magny-Cours. And the Australian celebrated his second world title there in 2005. His team mate Leon Haslam also claimed a podium finish there last year.


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    BMW MOTORRAD ITALIA SUPERBIKE TEAM - MAGNY COURS ÔÇô PREVIEW
    28.09.2011

    Ayrton Badovini is set for an aggressive race at the Magny Cours circuit this weekend. Xavi Fores will race in his second Superbike event. Zanetti and Barrier are expected to put up a fight in Superstock.*

    The BWM Motorrad Italia Superbike Team, following the event at Imola which again saw Badovini in the top ten in both races, prepares for the penultimate round of the 2011 Superbike World Championship. Racing takes place next Sunday at the French circuit of Magny Cours, a short distance from the town of Nevers.The Italian team, led by Serafino Foti, will focus on maintaining a top ten place in the World Championship, an important goal for the teamÔÇÖs first year in the Superbike series.

    Ayrton Badovini has ridden great races at the French track in the past. In addition to last year when he ran with the S 1000 RR, he rode the MV Agusta in 2007.*

    Xavi Fores, will race for the second time on a Superbike and, while knowing the track, he last raced there in 2009. He will continue his apprenticeship in the saddle of a motorbike thatÔÇÖs more powerful than any he has ridden before.*

    The Superstock team is expected to redeem itself after the event at Imola. Both riders suffered a fall and it is hoped that there will be no after-effects in France. Sylvain Barrier will certainly want a good race in front of his home crowd, trying to defend his current position of fourth in the FIM Cup. Last year Sylvain took a podium, finishing third. Lorenzo Zanetti*will be aiming to claim a top position. Just two points behind the rider ahead in second, Lorenzo will be looking to at least consolidate his third place in the FIM Cup. Lorenzo finished fourth at Magny Cours in 2010.*

    Serafino Foti, sporting director of BMW Motorrad Superbike Team Italy, before leaving for France, said: "We go to Magny Cours confident of a good result. We seem to be benefiting from time and fortune and hope that Ayrton can again be riding at the front with the best in the series.Fores, after his Superbike debut race at Imola will have a better suited bike in France.I think in Superstock the series is more or less decided after ZanettiÔÇÖs fall in Imola, unless we have some serious plot twists. Regardless, we head to Magny Cours with our usual determination and we think that Sylvain will have a great race at his home track."

    Superbike: 1?? C. Checa (Ducati) p. 417 - 2?? M. Melandri (Yamaha) p. 320 - 3?? M. Biaggi (Aprilia) p. 281 - ...9?? A. Badovini (BMW) p. 147 ...22?? J. Toseland (BMW) p. 13 - 23?? L. Lanzi (BMW) p. 10...27?? B. Veneman (BMW) p. 3... 30?? J. Fores (BMW) p. 2
    FIM Cup: 1?? D. Giugliano (Ducati) p. 160 - 2?? D. Petrucci (Ducati) p. 119 - 3?? L. Zanetti (BMW) p. 117 - 4?? S. Barrier (BMW) p. 96 - 5?? N. Canepa (Ducati) p. 96


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