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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/107%25_... F1 1007% Rule has a long history. It has appeared and disappeared. In 2011 it returned but seemed to have no teeth as race stewards regularly waved its enforcement. After a year of teething the 2012 rule has some teeth.

    FIA 2012 Formula 1 Sporting Regulations article 36 deals with the starting grid

    36.1
    During Q1, any driver whose best qualifying lap exceeds 107% of the fastest time set during that session, or who fails to set a time, will not be allowed to take part in the race. Under exceptional circumstances however, which may include setting a suitable lap time in a free practice session, the stewards may permit the car to start the race.

    Should there be more than one driver accepted in this manner, the grid order will be determined by the stewards.




    HRT drivers, in 2011, failed to make the cut 10 times in 6 of the season's events. A 'teething' rule and support from FOTA led race stewards to be accommodating. 2012 is starting differently. HRT is the first team to feel the bite of Rule 36.1. Australian GP race stewards decided to enforce the rule and eliminate HRT from the grid for post Q1 times exceeding the 107% time during that session. During the three practice sessions neither HRT driver posted a practice time close to the cut off time thus taking away to most obvious out for stewards to allow them in. At least as I post this.

    No doubt there is a good bit of lobbying stewards, organizers and other teams going on as I bang away at the keyboard. If I have Mickey's hands spinning properly on my clock, under rule 36.3, the stewards have until 8PM eastern time before they must post the official grid. Lacking an organized FOTA group and given the abysmal practice times HRT posted it would be a difficult case for the best K Street lobbyist to make.

    Formula 1 has an amazing capacity to create strange situations that put the spirit and letter of its sporting regulations at odds. Rule 36.1 enforcement will be a story line to follow throughout the season for more that 107% failures.

    How will the 2012 addition of the above underlined portion ÔÇ£or fails to set a qualifying timeÔÇØ is enforced? 2011 saw 8 cases of drivers not posting any time in Q1. Along with HRT and Virgin teams such as Mercedes, Lotus and Williams failed to post times for both their drivers in Q1. Crashes or catastrophic failures caused most but in at least one case a bit of rules gamesmanship was suspected. Thus the caveat was added to the 2012 rule.

    Beyond grid position or lack thereof other issues may become contentious. Money is the most obvious. How many cars on the racing grid are required by Bernie's contracts with tracks? How much money will be spent on violating teams transporting them to distant tracks? Will struggling teams be able to find and keep sponsor dollars if there is no air time for their moving billboards, known as race cars, on Sunday. How will rule 36.1 impact a very fractured FOTA or any team/driver association? How may a owners group address it as part of discussions to take an ownership stake in the series?

    Shakespeare would have great sport with the plots and subplots that can be spun from the 2012 Formula 1 Sporting Regulations. The question he would face, and in the end Formula 1 must face, is how many times and in how many ways can you kill HRT in act one and keep them in the cast of characters?
    Pass the mustard and UP THE REVOLUTION!

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    Sunday, 18 March - Race Update

    Formula 1 RACE: Australian GP

    Sunday Press Conference Australian GP

    STANDINGS:
    Driver's Championship
    Constructos' Championship

    Starting Grid
    Classifications
    Lap Chart
    Lap Analysis
    Fastest Laps
    Race History
    Maximum Speeds
    Pit Stop Summary
    Sector Times
    Speed Trap

    From the FIA.com site:

    Alonso salvages Ferrari pride

    Mercedes – pleasure and pain

    Riccardo happy with a 'crazy' ninth


    From the official Formula1.com:

    Race – Selected team and driver quotes

    Button proves untouchable in Melbourne

    jamesallenonf1.com: Bragging rights at McLaren go to Button after dramatic season opener

    independent.co.uk: Raikkonen up to speed after rallying to the call of Lotus

    telegraph.co.uk: Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone prepares $10 billion flotation
    Bernie Ecclestone is preparing a $10 billion (?ú6.3bn) flotation of Formula One, with Ferrari to be offered a special shareholding in a new Concorde Agreement which would run from 2013-2020, it was claimed last night.

    The Formula 1 season is a book; a compilation of interrelated short stories published in installments. Each installment shares the same cast of characters and as the book and its stories unfold before our eyes we see them each deal with the challenges of the the setting and dealing with the other characters in the story. With each installment characters update their wardrobe (cars) and hone their lines (racing and bs).

    The individual installments have a shared plot line of three practice sessions involving all the characters, a three part qualifying session that sorts the characters for the final element the chase scene – a.k.a. the race. Well crafted chase scenes have twists, turns and surprises if they are going to entertaining and avoid being frenetically boring.

    The 2012 compilation kicked of in Australia this weekend. Based on the first installment the compilation looks like it will be a real page turner.

    Practice sessions are scripted with heavy hands to hide each characters true identity for a given installment. Wet and dry conditions disguised intentions even more leaving everyone to wonder what would happen in qualifying.

    The three sessions sorted them out in somewhat predictable fashion until the end when two characters were killed by the 107% rule. Writers had hinted at this in the past but never pulled the plot line trigger until this installment.

    The chase scene opened with a moderately surprising turn 1 drag race to be fallowed by crashes, antagonists practicing their new found skills, more crashes and portents of strategies to come.

    I read the first installment online via live timing. Here are some of my takes on teams and drivers.

    Mercedes: Schumacher DNF, Rosberg 12th
    The Silver Arrow team played a key role in the race outcome. In a previous post I said they had achieved a form that would really bug people and they did. Schamacher started in P4 but after turn 1 was in P3 and held the position until his transmission failed him on lap 10. He was fast enough and good enough that Vettel could not pass him and engage the McLarens. Rosberg failed to score points but similarly muddled up the mid-field with a combative car.

    McLaren/Red Bull: P1-4
    Two teams. Four Drivers. Four cars. Clean air the only difference.

    There was little to separate these four once Schumacher packed it in. Button's win of the turn 1 drag race put him in the lead and clean air. After that he built on the incremental aerodynamic advantage to build a lead. Sector after sector in lap after lap if there was a difference in time it was measure in single digits in the tenths of a second column.

    If there is a difference in the cars it may be in how they use up tyres. Vettel was able to catch up with the McLarens when Schumacher exited. I had a sense from the lap times that his tyres were in better shape. On Lap 36 both McLaren drivers dramatically dove into the pits. Once Vettel was in the clean air he quickly began to build a lead similar to Button's. We don't know if he would build a lead to hold on to P1 when he pitted because Caterham parked a car on the main straight bring out the pace car. Vettel quickly pitted and returned in P2 and defended it till the end.

    Ferrari: Alonso P5, Massa DNF
    Alonso was on outside looking in through binoculars over 17 seconds long when the race finished. Until Ferrari figures out the car he and Schumacher may be in for some interesting duels. Massa is on the bubble and a DNF is no way to start the season unless you are a reader looking for more characters to exit.

    Sauber: Kobayashi P6, Perez P8
    Strong finishes to open the season for these midfielders. In 2011 they would move up periodically into the slow end of the top 10 only to be knocked back in other races. Portent or plot setup? Time will tell.

    Lotus: Raikkonen P7, Grosjean DNF
    Grosjean was P3 on the starting grid. The violence of Lap 1 left him with broken suspension bits and quickly out of the race. Raikkonen started in P17 and managed to eliminate the 1 by the end of the race to take points away from Australian. Intriguing as all of this is I have no sense if Lotus future installments will find them dueling with McLaren/Red Bull at the front or with Ferrari and Mercedes for a window seat view.


    Toro Rosso – Riccardo P9 / Force India – De Resta P10
    These two characters snuck-up me when I wasn't looking. Darn midfielders racing in the middle of the night.

    I had the sense of parade at times but overall had fun with the first installment of 2012 Formula 1 compilation; however, thinking of the telegraph.co.uk article I don't think I had a billion dollars of fun.
    Pass the mustard and UP THE REVOLUTION!

    St. Paul Pioneer Press , Minneapolis Star Tribune

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    Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport used the break between the successful season opener and the second round of the 2012 FIM Superbike World Championship for testing. The team conducted a two day test at Motorland Arag??n, close to the Spanish town of Alca??iz. The two factory riders, Marco Melandri (ITA) and Leon Haslam (GBR), completed a total of 1,160 kilometres of testing on their BMW S 1000 Rrs...MORE


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    Reference::

    BMW MOA 2012 International Rally

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    FIM

    Changes to the FIM Superbike, Supersport and Superstock regulations for 2012:
    Some more details of changes to the championship regulations were delivered by the FIM in a press release.

    FIM: Official Documents
    Link to the current year official documents for all classes and search tool for other years.

    FIA Regulations ÔÇô Formula 1 World Championship

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    ROAD CONDITIONS
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    Before every journey
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    ascycles.com: BMW Motorcycle Service and Maintenance Schedules

    mic.org: Motorcycle Industry Council | Tire Guide 2011.pdf

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

    pure-gas.org: Ethanol-free gas stations in the U.S. And Canada

    Cycle-ergo.com motorcycle ergonomic simulator.

    Video: BMW Final Drive Disassembly

    Woot of the Day

    MSF Motorcycle Operators Manual

    TIP: The recommended following distance is normally a minimum of 2 seconds from the vehicle ahead of you. P.15 http://t.co/jLCSL9Kj

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    superbikeplanet.com: WSBK ÔÇô Plans to shake things up?

    crash.net: Sykes on second clear on race rubber.

    BMW Motorrad Motorsport used the break between the successful season opener and the second round of the 2012 FIM Superbike World Championship for a two-day test at Motorland Arag??n, close to the Spanish town of Alca??iz. The two factory riders, Marco Melandri and Leon Haslam completed a total of 1,160 kilometres of testing on their BMW S 1000 RRs. ...MORE



    worldsbk.com: Barrier and Baroni get ready for new STK 1000 season

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    Formula 1



    jamesallenonf1.com: Caterham see silver lining amid double Melbourne DNF :Scratch



    Formula 1: 2012 Race Calendar | Results Season/Team/Driver
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    Other Racing

    bbc.co.uk: F1's greatest drivers | No.19 Graham Hill



    On the Street

    motorcycle.com: AMA announces second annual get out and ride month

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    Reference::

    BMW MOA 2012 International Rally

    SBK
    2012 FIM Superbike Championship Calendar

    FIM

    Changes to the FIM Superbike, Supersport and Superstock regulations for 2012:
    Some more details of changes to the championship regulations were delivered by the FIM in a press release.

    FIM: Official Documents
    Link to the current year official documents for all classes and search tool for other years.

    FIA Regulations ÔÇô Formula 1 World Championship

    WEATHER
    US:
    http://www.weather.gov/ | NOAA's National Weather Service
    Select to go to the NWS homepage. National Weather Service - or - Follow the National Weather Service on FaceBook

    http://www.weather.com | Sedalia, MO 65301

    CA:
    http://www.weatheroffice.gc.ca/canada_e.html

    ROAD CONDITIONS
    US:
    http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/trafficinfo/ : National Traffic and Road Closure Information
    511 - America's Traveler Information Telephone Number; Construction Related; Local and State Transit Links; Traffic Conditions; Regional Links; Weather/Road ...

    CA:
    http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/drivebc_supp/canada_map.htm :
    Canada Road Condition Information: Links to provincial highway condition websites across Canada..

    Shameless Trolling For Touring Tips

    NHTSA.dot.gov Vehicle Recalls RSS

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

    BMW-Motorrad.com: Service
    Electronic Parts Catalogue
    Download Manuals
    Breakdown Dictionary
    Tyre Options
    Tips
    Before every journey
    Before a log trip
    Before winter
    How to clean your motorcycle

    ascycles.com: BMW Motorcycle Service and Maintenance Schedules

    mic.org: Motorcycle Industry Council | Tire Guide 2011.pdf

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

    pure-gas.org: Ethanol-free gas stations in the U.S. And Canada

    Cycle-ergo.com motorcycle ergonomic simulator.
    Video: BMW Final Drive Disassembly

    Woot of the Day

    MSF Motorcycle Operators Manual

    QOD: What situation poses the greatest potential for conflict between a rider and other traffic? http://t.co/3GPAl9Oz


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    supebikeplanet: Aprilia SBK bike faster than a MotoGP?
    FWIW: Maybe, but can it turn this year?

    worldsbk.com: Recovery and progress for Haslam at Aragon

    crash.net: Laverty ÔÇô My season starts at Imola

    WORLDSBK: 2012 Race Calendar | Championship Standings Rider / Manufacturer

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    eurosport.yahoo.com: BMW open to MotoGP programme

    autosport.com: Hayden backs MotoGP's claiming rule team concept

    motomatters.com: MotoGP launch season ÔÇô Aspar presents MotoGP CRT team in Valencia



    motogp: 2012 race calendar | Results and Statistics


    Formula 1

    fia.com: F1 Preview ÔÇô Malaysian GP

    jamesallenonf1.com: How the F1 teams will approach the Malaysian Grand Prix

    telegraph.co.uk: Force India suffer financial blow as judge orders F1 team to stump ?ú700000 to Aerolab
    FWIW: The settlement is a big drop in a growing bucket of debt for the F1 team.





    Formula 1: 2012 Race Calendar | Results Season/Team/Driver
    fia.com: 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship - Race Information & Event Starting Times for the 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship


    Other Racing

    facebook: 2013 Dakar route announced

    iol.co.za: End of the road for Bonneville Salt Flats
    ...Every now and then, beneath the photogenic white surface, a patch of dirty brown will appear.
    This is mud. And its appearance illustrates a sad fact: in recent years, the smooth, fast salt cover which is so essential to the business of setting land speed records has begun to disappear...




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    dealernews.com: Lehman Trikes suspends operations

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    The Mothership

    BMW Classic has commissioned the remanufacture of gear-wheel kits for the original Hurth gearbox installed in the BMW 328. This is a further indication of BMW ClassicÔÇÖs commitment to maintaining the brand heritage and reaffirms its objective that original parts can be used in BMW classics and indeed that this should be the case...MORE

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    Reference::

    BMW MOA 2012 International Rally

    SBK
    2012 FIM Superbike Championship Calendar

    FIM

    Changes to the FIM Superbike, Supersport and Superstock regulations for 2012:
    Some more details of changes to the championship regulations were delivered by the FIM in a press release.

    FIM: Official Documents
    Link to the current year official documents for all classes and search tool for other years.

    FIA Regulations ÔÇô Formula 1 World Championship

    WEATHER
    US:
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    http://www.weather.com | Sedalia, MO 65301

    CA:
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    ROAD CONDITIONS
    US:
    http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/trafficinfo/ : National Traffic and Road Closure Information
    511 - America's Traveler Information Telephone Number; Construction Related; Local and State Transit Links; Traffic Conditions; Regional Links; Weather/Road ...

    CA:
    http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/drivebc_supp/canada_map.htm :
    Canada Road Condition Information: Links to provincial highway condition websites across Canada..

    Shameless Trolling For Touring Tips

    NHTSA.dot.gov Vehicle Recalls RSS

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

    BMW-Motorrad.com: Service
    Electronic Parts Catalogue
    Download Manuals
    Breakdown Dictionary
    Tyre Options
    Tips
    Before every journey
    Before a log trip
    Before winter
    How to clean your motorcycle

    ascycles.com: BMW Motorcycle Service and Maintenance Schedules

    mic.org: Motorcycle Industry Council | Tire Guide 2011.pdf

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

    pure-gas.org: Ethanol-free gas stations in the U.S. And Canada

    Cycle-ergo.com motorcycle ergonomic simulator.

    Video: BMW Final Drive Disassembly

    Woot of the Day

    MSF Motorcycle Operators Manual

    TIP: Remain in first gear while you are stopped so that you can move out quickly if you need to. More, P.12 http://t.co/jLCSL9Kj

    QOD: What should you do when turning? http://t.co/fMKO5Xcj


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    motogp

    motogp.com: MotoGP prepared for final season tests

    yamaha-racing.com: Yamaha Factory Racing MotoGP Team launch at Jerez





    teamtech3.fr: Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team ready for exciting 2012

    eurosport.yahoo.com: BMW should approach MotoGP with caution

    speedtv.com: Forward Racing officially present 2012 effort

    motogp: 2012 race calendar | Results and Statistics


    Formula 1

    fiacom: Malaysian GP ÔÇô Thursday Press Conference

    formula1.com: Malaysia preview ÔÇô Can Red Bull turn up the heat on McLaren

    reuters.com: Schumacher ÔÇô Mercedes needs to work on race pace

    formula1.com: Technology ÔÇô Mercedes F1 W03 ÔÇô 'F-duct' rear wing

    formula1.com: Technology ÔÇô Mercedes F1 W03 ÔÇô rear diffuser

    formula1.com: Realistic Alonso ready for a difficult weekend

    reuters.com: Defiant Massa banks on a new chassis for Sepang

    pirelli.com: The Malaysian Grand Prix from a tyre point of view



    Formula 1: 2012 Race Calendar | Results Season/Team/Driver
    fia.com: 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship - Race Information & Event Starting Times for the 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship


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    Reference::

    BMW MOA 2012 International Rally

    SBK
    2012 FIM Superbike Championship Calendar

    FIM

    Changes to the FIM Superbike, Supersport and Superstock regulations for 2012:
    Some more details of changes to the championship regulations were delivered by the FIM in a press release.

    FIM: Official Documents
    Link to the current year official documents for all classes and search tool for other years.

    FIA Regulations ÔÇô Formula 1 World Championship

    WEATHER
    US:
    http://www.weather.gov/ | NOAA's National Weather Service
    Select to go to the NWS homepage. National Weather Service - or - Follow the National Weather Service on FaceBook

    http://www.weather.com | Sedalia, MO 65301

    CA:
    http://www.weatheroffice.gc.ca/canada_e.html

    ROAD CONDITIONS
    US:
    http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/trafficinfo/ : National Traffic and Road Closure Information
    511 - America's Traveler Information Telephone Number; Construction Related; Local and State Transit Links; Traffic Conditions; Regional Links; Weather/Road ...

    CA:
    http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/drivebc_supp/canada_map.htm :
    Canada Road Condition Information: Links to provincial highway condition websites across Canada..

    Shameless Trolling For Touring Tips

    NHTSA.dot.gov Vehicle Recalls RSS

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

    BMW-Motorrad.com: Service
    Electronic Parts Catalogue
    Download Manuals
    Breakdown Dictionary
    Tyre Options
    Tips
    Before every journey
    Before a log trip
    Before winter
    How to clean your motorcycle

    ascycles.com: BMW Motorcycle Service and Maintenance Schedules

    mic.org: Motorcycle Industry Council | Tire Guide 2011.pdf

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

    pure-gas.org: Ethanol-free gas stations in the U.S. And Canada

    Cycle-ergo.com motorcycle ergonomic simulator.

    Video: BMW Final Drive Disassembly

    Woot of the Day

    MSF Motorcycle Operators Manual

    TIP: Riding w/ a passenger ÔÇô the more weight you have on the bike, the longer it may take to stop. P.49 http://t.co/jfDAORhW

    QOD: If you have ridden over an object on the street, what should you do next? http://t.co/NPrywxFP


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    Friday, 23 March - Race Update

    Formula 1 FRIDAY: Practice Sessions ÔÇô Malaysian GP

    FIA Press Conference

    FIA.com
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    The Lostus drivers are lurking around with intent. This could be the weekend we find out what the Lotus is capable of this year in the hands of Grosjean and Raikkonen. They could be the weekends break out team if they are able to get ahead of Schumacher.

    Hamilton is leading the McLaren team this weekend. Look for it to stay that way.

    Dry Race ÔÇô Hamilton
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    The Malaysia GP will starting grid has Hamilton's McLaren in P1 and Karthikeyan's HRT in P24.

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    Hamilton takes the pole with teammate button lining up next to him for another McLaren front row. Button edged out Schumacher on his final flyer to drop the German to P3. Alongside him on row two is Webber. He was the fastest Red Bull in practice and qualifying on this Saturday. Vettel will start on row three in P5 after Raikkonen who qualified in that position is dropped down the grid due his five spot penalty. Grosjean in the other Lotus will line up next to Vettel. Rosberg and Alonso form the fourth row and Perez the fifth.

    The McLarens are set up for another drag race to turn 1. Button may win that race but Hamilton seems to have the mastery of Malaysia this year and should move ahead of him.

    Schumacher is qualifying strongly in a car that once again has been certified as legal by the race officials. It does very well in clean air. The race question is have they refined it enough to work on race day? Will he be challenging the McLarens or fighting to hold position.

    It could be a long time on Sunday before Vettel becomes a player in the outcome. Racers start on the last compound they ran in Q3. Nine drivers will start on mediums while Vettel opted for hards. Red Bull appears to have opted for a split strategy. Webber has shown good pace in all session so far will be the team rabbit taking on the McLarens and Schumacher head to head. If you remember from Australia tyre management differences that could have given Red Bull an advantage were thwarted by deployment of the safety car. Vettel on hards to start the race looks like a clear strategy aimed at building on that advantage from lap 1giving Vettel a long slog of a day.

    Flirting with row 1 and 2 both Lotus drivers posted some impressive times. However, they are no quite ready for prime time just yet. The cars are on the ragged edge, even for F1 cars, as they post these laps. They give the sense of sneaking in these fast laps while other teams stamp them out. Raikkonen qualified in P5 but drops to P10 after his penalty. The upside is this is eight spots better than he started in at Australia. He had a strong run there. In his second race for Lotus Grosjean will be looking to complete his second racing lap. He has looked fast at times but not strong.

    Rosberg spent much of qualifying ahead of teammate Schumacher. Mercedes sent both drivers out only once in Q3. Rosberg flat spotted a tyer in S1 of his flyer and dropped like a stone to P8. He moves up one spot thanks to Raikkonen.

    Alonso struggled mightly in a car that did not have qualifying pace. He lines up in next to Rosberg on row 4.

    Kobayashi looked strong in Q1 only to struggle at the end of Q2 and not advance. Perez, in the other Sauber, put in a solid performance in all three sessions. He made his mandatory Q3 flyer at the end of the session. Sauber was realistic about their chances to advance. In their way they adopted a race day strategy with setup. He may not rise as high as fellow row 5 occupant Raikkonen. Yet he is good position to score more points for Sauber by the end of the day.

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    Malaysian GP - Race notes

    Race Notes:

    Weather may well determine the race in Malaysia. Rain threatened all the practice session but they did remain dry. Rain is falling in the area at the start of the race. This will throw all of the preparations out the window. Teams were allowed to change tyres due to the wet conditions. With the exception of HRT who will send its drivers out on full wets teams opted for intermediates. The hope appears that once the cars get on the track the huge tyres will dry the track as racing continues.

    The red lights on then off and we are racing.

    This week Hamilton wins the race to turn 1.

    Turn 4 Webber passes Schumacher and Grosjean to take P3.
    Schumi spins but continues after loosing a bunch of spots.

    Lap2/56
    The rain is reportedly picking up rather than diminishing.
    Some drivers are beginning to switch to full wets.

    Rain is now 'heavy' along the pit lane.

    Lap 3/56
    Replays apparently show Grosjen tagging Schumacher in the rear causing his spin.
    Schumacher is currently running in P13
    Grosjean in P18

    Live Timing is a jumble of activity.

    Lap 7/56
    The track status goes Red...???...what's up with that?

    The safety car is deployed.

    Lape 9/56
    The race has been halted due to weather.
    Cars return to the starting grid in their current positions.
    Teams head out to the track to work on their cars during the stop.

    This will be a timed event now.


    Lap 10/ 56
    The race resumes behind the safety car.
    No idea how long it will stay out.
    Track conditions are expected to dry quickly.
    Teams reportedly will quickly be switching to intermediate tyers.

    Lap 13/56 the safety car is off the grid.
    The stop and the hodge podge of pit stops has jumbled the field.
    Lap 15/56
    HRT's de la Rosa was in P10 when the race was suspended.
    The tyre decision worked in the short run.
    He gets nicked from behind by Button.
    Damage to the McLaren.
    De la Rosa drops back to P23 as a result.

    Lap 18
    Mercedes is telling Rosberg no more rain is expected during the race.
    What will this mean for tyres?
    Teams are still on intermediates. When will they switch to full racing tyres?

    Lap 20/56
    P1-23
    Alonso
    Perez
    Hamilton
    Rosberg
    Vettel
    Raikkonen
    Webber
    Massa
    Di Resta
    Vergne
    Hulkenberg
    Schumacher
    Ricardo
    Sena
    Kobayashi
    Petrov
    Kovalainen
    Glock
    Maldonado utton
    Pic
    Karthikeyan
    de la Rosa


    Lap 22/56
    Button is having trouble with tyres based on chatter with his pit.

    Perez is in P2. His Sauber is starting to pull away from Hamilton and reel in Alonso.

    Lap 24/56
    Alonso sets a new fast lap and opens up the lead once more.
    Keep in mind this new fast lap is 2:00.723, come pare that to practice and qualifying times.
    Hamilton took the pole with a 1:37.813
    Karthikeyan's HRT in P24 made the field with a 1:43.655.
    Race conditions have come to Ferrari not the other way around.
    The field is strung out.

    Vettel passes Rosberg for P4

    Raikkonen is passed Rosberg too

    Lap 25/56
    Button pits from P19 for new intermediate tyres.
    Not a good day for him.

    Alonso goes purple, then Perez.
    New best lap: 2:000.139

    Lap 26/56
    Alonso and Perez are doing are playing Button and Hamilton's Australian roles.
    The pair are pulling away from the field; all be it in slower motion.
    The gap p1-3 is almost 15 seconds.

    Lots of dueling for position.
    Drivers are taking full advantage of the DRS.

    Lap28/56
    Button set a new fast lap.
    Lap 29/56
    Before I could log his time Alonso responded with a 1:58.052

    The grid at the half way mark
    1 Alonso
    2 Perez
    3 Hamilton's
    4 Vettel
    5 Raikkonen
    6 Webber
    7 Di Resta
    8 Vergne
    9 Senna
    10 Hulkenberg
    11 Kobayashi
    12 Schumacher
    13 Maldonado
    14 Rosberg
    15 Petrov
    16 Massa
    17 Button
    18 Ricciardo
    19 Glock
    20 Pic
    21 Kovalainen
    22 Karthikeyan
    23 de la Rosa

    Lap 33
    P11 Kobayashi has gone purple then teammate Perez in P2 takes the honor away.
    Best lap is down to 1:5.270

    Lap 34
    This is a very strung out field.
    The gap from P1-P2 = 5.7 seconds.
    P1 ÔÇô P10 49.1 seconds.

    Massa and Button are having at it.
    Lap 35
    Button makes it past for P16

    The field is picking up speed.
    Perez sets new best lap at 1:54.738 but there is talk of rain again.
    He cuts Alonso's lead to 3.2 seconds.

    Lap 37/56
    The speeds are picking up again.
    Odd situation.
    The current conditions favor the chassis of Ferrari and Sauber; normally midfield teams.
    The faster McLarens, Red Bulls and Lotus can not quite keep the pace in these conditiosn.
    If it dries out things will turn around, but if it remains as is or rains the intermediate cares have the advantage today.

    Lap 39/56
    Perez sets a new fast lap 1:53.164 and cuts Alonso's lead to 1.3 seconds.
    McLaren is still telling Button rain is on the way.
    Drivers are pitting and putting on mediums despite the treat of rain.

    Lap 40/56
    Alonso pits for mediums.
    Perez is in the lead.
    The board is blinking colors as cars come in for tyres and go out to set new personal bests.

    Lap 41/56
    Perez and Hamilton pit.

    Webber sets a new fast lap in the 1:44 rand only to have Maldonado turn in a 1:43.967
    The pace is picking up.

    Lap 42/56
    Alonso is back in P1 followed by Perez Hamilton Vettel Webber[new fast lap] Raikkonen Di Resta Senna Vergne Hulkenberg.

    Lap 43/56
    Webber sets another fast lap.

    I don't know what this looks like on the tube or what the announcers are saying.
    Watching on live timing the pace is slow and favors the best cars of Ferrari and Sauber which are normally in midfield.

    Webber then Perez then Webber then Perez for fat lap honors.

    Back to car comments. The McLaren and Red Bull (with Raikkonen's Lotus thrown in) are duking it out as is their norm but over 12 seconds off the pace of race leaders Ferrari and Sauber.

    Mercedes ÔÇô Schumacher has long been considered a rain meister. The track is just damp enough he normally would excel but in this Silver Arrow he is 50 seconds off the pace of the leader Alonso.

    Lap 48
    Vettel pits
    Reports are he clipped a HRT while lapping it requiring a new tyre.

    Perez takes a stab at Alonso in the DRS but can pull it off.

    Lap 50
    Perez bobbles and Alonso's lead goes to 5.3 seconds.

    Raikkonen sets new best lap at 1:41.040

    Kobayahsi has retired from the race. Up in P2 his teammate is cutting into Alonso's lead once again.

    Lap 51/56
    Vettel P12 is 14.7 behind Schumacher in P11. Not what I anticipated from either of them but that assumed normal race conditions.

    Lap 53
    Raikkonen sets a new fast lap of 1:40.722

    Lap 55
    Maldonado pits with smoke pouring out of his Williams. He had been in P10; the last points position. To bad for him and his team.

    Last lap
    Race commentay - ÔÇ£Alonso is set to take an amazing winÔÇØ
    Bizarre from my perspective.


    Alonso Wins.

    1 Alonso
    2 Perez
    3 Hamilton's
    4 Webber
    5 Raikkonen
    6 Senna
    7 Di Resta
    8 Vergne
    9 Hulkenberg
    10 Schumacher

    Something is up with Vettel. He is shown in P11 but has been told to stop on track.
    Another bizarre twist to a bizarre race.

    A win is a win and Ferrari will take it.
    Great result for Perez and Sauber.
    Another third for Hamilton.

    I got up in the middle of the night for this?
    Look for a roundup tonight.

    Next week we get back to bikes with the MotoGP season opener.
    Pass the mustard and UP THE REVOLUTION!

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    Race Update: 2012 Malaysian GP

    Formula 1 RACE -

    FIA Press Conference
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    1 ÔÇô Fernando ALONSO (Ferrari)
    2 ÔÇô Sergio P?ëREZ (Sauber)
    3 ÔÇô Lewis HAMILTON (McLaren)

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    FWIW:

    Kimi Raikkonen posted the race fastest lap. In qualifying that would netted him P20 and not have gotten him into Q2. Vergne posted the fastest race speed trap speed but could only finish in 8th place. Alonso was the man out front in 'clean' air. His fastest lap time for the race would have netted P22 in qualifying. He ranks 19th on the maximum speed chart.

    Massa had another tough weekend finishing 14th. He is listed 19th in the current driver's standings with a DNF to go along with this finish. As a result Perez has spoken out that he should be the heir to the second seat at Ferrari and that promotion should come sooner rather than latter.

    The Driver's Championship is all mixed up. Alonso tops the chart leaving Malaysia but expect things to have changed dramatically by the time the circus gets back to Europe.

    Vettel remains my pick. A second in Australia and a no point finish in Malaysia has him back in sixth. Teammate Webber with two fourth place finishes is in fourth place in the standings. If he and Vettel traded finishes Vettel would be tied with Hamilton for second place. If, if, if; that is why they run the races. The fact that they run so many of them lets guys like me remain delusional about...err...hopeful for the future.

    The business story will continue to boil. I understand why Ferrari needs F1 and F1 needs Ferrari. As we currently know them, I have serious doubts that either can survive without the other. Can Formula 1 survive without Mercedes as a team owner? I think the answer is yes. Surviving the loss of the Mercedes engine supply may be another story.

    I am glad we are leaving Sepang. I will be really happy when the Asian round of F1 is over.

    Bikes are back on the track next weekend!
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    Before a log trip
    Before winter
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    ascycles.com: BMW Motorcycle Service and Maintenance Schedules

    mic.org: Motorcycle Industry Council | Tire Guide 2011.pdf

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

    pure-gas.org: Ethanol-free gas stations in the U.S. And Canada

    Cycle-ergo.com motorcycle ergonomic simulator.

    Video: BMW Final Drive Disassembly

    Woot of the Day

    MSF Motorcycle Operators Manual

    TIP: If you must shift in a turn, do it smoothly. A sudden change in power to the rear wheel can cause a skid. P.12 http://t.co/jLCSL9Kj

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    BMW has been experimenting with three wheelers for a very long time.











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    SBK

    The BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet Superbike Team is ready to take on the second round of the World Superbike Season that will take place next weekend at Imola's Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari. This will be the first of three events on Italian soil scheduledfor 2012....MORE

    crash.net: Camier's power call answered?

    mcnews.com.au: World SBK returns to Imola with Biaggi the leader

    WORLDSBK: 2012 Race Calendar | Championship Standings Rider / Manufacturer

    motogp

    crash.net: Ben Spies ÔÇô We have a very competitive bike

    ultimatemotorcycling.com: Ducati Rossi ÔÇô We're ready for Qatar

    superbikeplanet.com: Itemized deductions from Jerez


    motogp: 2012 race calendar | Results and Statistics


    Formula 1

    reuters.com: Massa heads to Maranello as presure mounts.



    Formula 1: 2012 Race Calendar | Results Season/Team/Driver
    fia.com: 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship - Race Information & Event Starting Times for the 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship


    Other Racing

    formula1.com: Statement regarding Formula One finances

    express.co.uk: Parr to leave Williams

    fim-live.com: 2012 FIM Endurance World Championship



    On the Street

    motorcyclecannonball.com: Cannonball diary

    asphaltandrubber.com: MAG aquires Motorcycle Superstore

    motorcyclistonline.com: Hearing protection, avoiding scams and motorcycle brakes | How to ÔÇô ask the pros








    The Mothership

    Tokyo/Munich. BMW Group and Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announce that they have signed an agreement on collaborative research in the field of next-generation lithium-ion battery cells and have begun said research. The agreement follows the memorandum of understanding concerning a mid-to-long-term collaboration on next-generation environment-friendly vehicles and technologies announced by the two companies on December 1, 2011...MORE



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    plugincars.com: BMW i8 Hybrid specs leak out

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    Reference::

    BMW MOA 2012 International Rally

    SBK
    2012 FIM Superbike Championship Calendar

    FIM

    Changes to the FIM Superbike, Supersport and Superstock regulations for 2012:
    Some more details of changes to the championship regulations were delivered by the FIM in a press release.

    FIM: Official Documents
    Link to the current year official documents for all classes and search tool for other years.

    FIA Regulations ÔÇô Formula 1 World Championship

    WEATHER
    US:
    http://www.weather.gov/ | NOAA's National Weather Service
    Select to go to the NWS homepage. National Weather Service - or - Follow the National Weather Service on FaceBook

    http://www.weather.com | Sedalia, MO 65301

    CA:
    http://www.weatheroffice.gc.ca/canada_e.html

    ROAD CONDITIONS
    US:
    http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/trafficinfo/ : National Traffic and Road Closure Information
    511 - America's Traveler Information Telephone Number; Construction Related; Local and State Transit Links; Traffic Conditions; Regional Links; Weather/Road ...

    CA:
    http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/drivebc_supp/canada_map.htm :
    Canada Road Condition Information: Links to provincial highway condition websites across Canada..

    Shameless Trolling For Touring Tips

    NHTSA.dot.gov Vehicle Recalls RSS

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

    BMW-Motorrad.com: Service
    Electronic Parts Catalogue
    Download Manuals
    Breakdown Dictionary
    Tyre Options
    Tips
    Before every journey
    Before a log trip
    Before winter
    How to clean your motorcycle

    ascycles.com: BMW Motorcycle Service and Maintenance Schedules

    mic.org: Motorcycle Industry Council | Tire Guide 2011.pdf

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

    pure-gas.org: Ethanol-free gas stations in the U.S. And Canada

    Cycle-ergo.com motorcycle ergonomic simulator.

    Video: BMW Final Drive Disassembly

    Woot of the Day

    MSF Motorcycle Operators Manual

    TIP: Choose brightly colored clothing when possible to make yourself more visible. If you wear dark clothing, consider a reflective vest.

    QOD: If a tire goes flat while riding, what should you do? http://t.co/fIzVUmA4


    Bike Candy

    Pass the mustard and UP THE REVOLUTION!

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    With the second round of the Superbike World Championship (WSBK) looming this weekend (1 April) the pressure is starting to rise in the BMW Motorrad Motorsport team garage as focus turns toward ItalyÔÇÖs iconic Imola racetrack. ...MORE

    worldsbk.com: Open paddock build up to exciting Imola Superbike weekend

    worldsbk.com: Rea ready to rumble at landmark circuit

    speedtv.com: Melandri motovated for home race

    supersport.com: Haslam getting better day by day

    roadracingworld.com: Checa says Imola is a good track for the Ducati and a track he likes.

    motomatters.com: World Superbike Imola round press releases

    Imola is one of those high speed tracks the BMW S1000RR v1 was to be good at. High speeds and much along the technical section to challenge its handling. Last year Haslam did well in practice only to end up retiring in race 1 and posting a P5 in race 2.

    Phillip Island is considered to be a combination track balancing speed and technical sections. The RR v2 is still one of the most powerful bikes on the track. Haslam's injury/iron man performace combined with Melandri's P2 in Australia were impressive; thus, hope springs for performance on technical tracks. But has that performance come at the expense of performance and handling on the high speed tracks? An underlying theme to watch for are RR v2 rider concerns for tracking and handling on high speed tracks.

    WORLDSBK: 2012 Race Calendar | Championship Standings Rider / Manufacturer

    motogp

    visordown.com: Rossi ÔÇô no miracle for Ducati at Qatar


    motogp: 2012 race calendar | Results and Statistics


    Formula 1



    express.co.uk: Karthikeyan hits back at Vettel

    Sad when los Mini Racers are more exciting and grown up than the real thing

    Formula 1: 2012 Race Calendar | Results Season/Team/Driver
    fia.com: 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship - Race Information & Event Starting Times for the 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship


    Other Racing

    The Husqvarna Enduro Team by CH RacingÔÇÖs participation in the Enduro World Championship continues this weekend with Matti Seistola, Lorenzo Santolino, Ricky Dietrich, Juha Salminen, Alex Salvini and Romain Dumontier competing in the GP of Argentina, round two of the 2012 EWC series...MORE






    On the Street

    webbikeworld.com: Nolan N-85 preview



    motorcyclistonline.com: Doin Time | Honda CBR250R














    The Mothership

    NHTSA Campaing ID number: 12V126000
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    Woodcliff Lake, NJ  March 29, 2012 BMW Motorrad USA is pleased to announce the Ride Smart Reward program for all new and returning riders who are recent graduates of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Basic RiderCourseSM. Now through December 31, 2012, MSF graduates will receive $500 in BMW Riders Apparel with the purchase of a new BMW motorcycle...MORE

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    roadandtrack.com: Hetz UK renting McLaren MP4-12c



    Reference::

    BMW MOA 2012 International Rally

    SBK
    2012 FIM Superbike Championship Calendar

    FIM

    Changes to the FIM Superbike, Supersport and Superstock regulations for 2012:
    Some more details of changes to the championship regulations were delivered by the FIM in a press release.

    FIM: Official Documents
    Link to the current year official documents for all classes and search tool for other years.

    FIA Regulations ÔÇô Formula 1 World Championship

    WEATHER
    US:
    http://www.weather.gov/ | NOAA's National Weather Service
    Select to go to the NWS homepage. National Weather Service - or - Follow the National Weather Service on FaceBook

    http://www.weather.com | Sedalia, MO 65301

    CA:
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    ROAD CONDITIONS
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    CA:
    http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/drivebc_supp/canada_map.htm :
    Canada Road Condition Information: Links to provincial highway condition websites across Canada..

    Shameless Trolling For Touring Tips

    NHTSA.dot.gov Vehicle Recalls RSS

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

    BMW-Motorrad.com: Service
    Electronic Parts Catalogue
    Download Manuals
    Breakdown Dictionary
    Tyre Options
    Tips
    Before every journey
    Before a log trip
    Before winter
    How to clean your motorcycle

    ascycles.com: BMW Motorcycle Service and Maintenance Schedules

    mic.org: Motorcycle Industry Council | Tire Guide 2011.pdf

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

    pure-gas.org: Ethanol-free gas stations in the U.S. And Canada

    Cycle-ergo.com motorcycle ergonomic simulator.

    Video: BMW Final Drive Disassembly

    Woot of the Day

    MSF Motorcycle Operators Manual

    TIP: When riding at night, wear only clear eye protection (not tinted), and keep it clean and free of scratches. http://t.co/ZWxeceol

    QOD: What should you do if your helmet has had an impact? http://t.co/SrqK30gx


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    Just like the composition of this candy.
    Pass the mustard and UP THE REVOLUTION!

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    worldsbk.com: Badovini out of the Imola traps fatest
    - But that was practice -
    worldsbk.com: Smrz steals it for Ducati in first qualifying
    Haslam P6 is the best BMW rider of the day.

    reipleyandheanornews.co.uk: Haslam aiming for podiums at Imola





    WORLDSBK: 2012 Race Calendar | Championship Standings Rider / Manufacturer


    1. Jakub Smrz CZE Liberty Effenbert Ducati 1098R 1m 48.146s
    2. Joan Lascorz ESP Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R 1m 48.176s
    3. Tom Sykes GBR Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R 1m 48.246s
    4. Max Biaggi ITA Aprilia Racing RSV-4 1m 48.247s
    5. Jonathan Rea GBR Honda WSBK CBR1000RR 1m 48.321s
    6. Leon Haslam GBR BMW Motorrad S1000RR 1m 48.328s
    7. Carlos Checa ESP Althea Ducati 1098R 1m 48.375s
    8. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Effenbert Liberty Ducati 1098R 1m 48.555s
    9. Eugene Laverty IRL Aprilia Racing RSV-4 1m 48.555s
    10. Leon Camier GBR Crescent Fixi Suzuki GSX-R1000 1m 48.556s
    11. Davide Giugliano ITA Althea Ducati 1098R 1m 48.728s
    12. Ayrton Badovini ITA BMW Italia Goldbet S1000RR 1m 48.741s
    13. Lorenzo Zanetti ITA PATA Ducati 1098R 1m 48.762s
    14. Marco Melandri ITA BMW Motorrad S1000RR 1m 48.773s
    15. Chaz Davies GBR ParkinGO MTC Aprilia RSV-4 1m 48.959s
    16. Maxime Berger FRA Effenbert Liberty Ducati 1098R 1m 49.343s
    17. Niccolo Canepa ITA Red Devils Ducati 1098R 1m 49.617s
    18. John Hopkins USA Crescent Fixi Suzuki GSX-R1000 1m 49.790s
    19. Michel Fabrizio ITA BMW Italia Goldbet S1000RR 1m 50.031s
    20. David Salom ESP Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 50.085s
    21. Mark Aitchison AUS Grillini Progea BMW S1000RR 1m 50.810s
    22. Hiroshi Aoyama JPN Honda WSBK CBR1000RR 1m 51.511s
    23. Leandro Mercado ARG Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 51.645s
    24. Brett McCormick CAN Liberty Effenbert Ducati 1098R 1m 51.703s
    25. Lorenzo Alfonsi ITA Pro Ride Honda CBR1000RR 1m 52.992s

    Imola official WSBK lap records
    Best lap: Carlos Checa ESP Althea Ducati 1098R 1m 47.934s (2011)
    Race lap record:Carlos Checa ESP Althea Ducati 1098R 1m 47.146s (2011)



    motogp

    paddocktalk.com: 2012 MotoGP – Interview with LCR's Luciao Cecchinello


    motogp: 2012 race calendar | Results and Statistics


    Formula 1

    formula1.com: Filipe Massa – It's time to turn the page

    Formula 1: 2012 Race Calendar | Results Season/Team/Driver
    fia.com: 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship - Race Information & Event Starting Times for the 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship


    Other Racing

    thisisderbyshire.co.uk: Ex-champ Toseland's new role as he joins Donington Park




    On the Street

    motorcyccle-usa.com: Bonhams Auctions exciting new consignments

    webbikeworld.com: BMW announces Ride Smart Rewards



    The Mothership

    Munich. As of April 1st 2012 Heiner Faust (44) will take over from Hans Blesse as Head of Sales and Marketing BMW Motorrad. Heiner Faust joined the BMW Group in 1997 and has worked in various positions in the area of sales and marketing. Among other things he managed motorcycle sales to direct purchasers, the used motorcycle trade, BMW Motorrad Korea and BMW Motorrad Japan. In 2008 he returned from Japan to take on responsibility for BMW Motorrad Germany....MORE


    Best Brand, Best Bike, Best Tourer – BMW motorcycles sweep the board in UK’s biggest owners’ survey...MORE


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    FWIW















    Reference::

    BMW MOA 2012 International Rally

    SBK
    2012 FIM Superbike Championship Calendar

    FIM

    Changes to the FIM Superbike, Supersport and Superstock regulations for 2012:
    Some more details of changes to the championship regulations were delivered by the FIM in a press release.

    FIM: Official Documents
    Link to the current year official documents for all classes and search tool for other years.

    FIA Regulations – Formula 1 World Championship

    WEATHER
    US:
    http://www.weather.gov/ | NOAA's National Weather Service
    Select to go to the NWS homepage. National Weather Service - or - Follow the National Weather Service on FaceBook

    http://www.weather.com | Sedalia, MO 65301

    CA:
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    ROAD CONDITIONS
    US:
    http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/trafficinfo/ : National Traffic and Road Closure Information
    511 - America's Traveler Information Telephone Number; Construction Related; Local and State Transit Links; Traffic Conditions; Regional Links; Weather/Road ...

    CA:
    http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/drivebc_supp/canada_map.htm :
    Canada Road Condition Information: Links to provincial highway condition websites across Canada..

    Shameless Trolling For Touring Tips

    NHTSA.dot.gov Vehicle Recalls RSS

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

    BMW-Motorrad.com: Service
    Electronic Parts Catalogue
    Download Manuals
    Breakdown Dictionary
    Tyre Options
    Tips
    Before every journey…
    Before a log trip…
    Before winter…
    How to clean your motorcycle

    ascycles.com: BMW Motorcycle Service and Maintenance Schedules

    mic.org: Motorcycle Industry Council | Tire Guide 2011.pdf

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

    pure-gas.org: Ethanol-free gas stations in the U.S. And Canada

    Cycle-ergo.com motorcycle ergonomic simulator.

    Video: BMW Final Drive Disassembly

    Woot of the Day

    MSF Motorcycle Operators Manual


    Bike Candy

    While the SBK teams are duking it out the SuperStock 1000 of Markus Reiterberger (Team Alpha Racing BMW) was top man in the first qualifying session at Imola, holding off the early push from the all-new Ducati of Eddi La Marra (Barni Racing Team Italia Ducati 1199 Panigale). Lorenzo Baroni (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet) showed well on day one, third fastest, while Lorenzo Savadori (Barni Racing Team Italia Ducati 1199 Panigale) went fourth on the early time sheets.

    Sylvain Barrier (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet) was fifth fastest, on a good day for European machinery. The top two Kawasaki riders were Loris Baz (MRS) and Bryan Staring (Team Pedercini); sixth and seventh fastest respectively.


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