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    SBK

    gpone.com: Assen to turn 300

    worldsbk.com: Points leader Checa prepares for Dutch action

    speedtv.com: BMW hunting first victory

    roadracingworld.com: Crescent FIXI Suzuki building momentum for Assen attack

    BMW MOTORRAD ITALIA GOLDBET SBK TEAM - ASSEN - PREVIEW....MORE

    worldsbk.com: Xaus helps to promote WSB in Russia

    WORLDSBK: 2012 Race Calendar | Championship Standings Rider / Manufacturer


    Translation: 'we have evolved to much for my taste'
    FWIW: What do cartoon 'writers' know.

    motogp

    motogp.com: Hayden to test at Mugello

    motogp.com: Crutchlow ÔÇô I'm a lot more confident this year

    motomatters.com: Between the devil and the deep blue sea
    Valentino Rossi's options for the future


    motogp: 2012 race calendar | Results and Statistics


    Formula 1

    formula1.com: Bahrain preview quotes

    jamesallenonf1.com: Caterham working on exhaust improvements

    telegraph.co.uk: Bahrain Grand Prix 2012 ÔÇô 'no Formula One over our blood' cry protesters ahead of weekends race





    bbc.co.uk: Ecclestone cast doubts on US [NJ] race

    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



    ultimatemotorcycling.com: IOMTT.com to stream TT 2012 live



    On the Street

    ÔÇ£*"The Ducati acquisition is driven by VW's passion for nameplates rather than industrial or financial logic," said Credit Suisse's Arndt Ellinghorst. ÔÇ£

    HOWEVER YOU COUNT THEM, AUDI BUYS DUCATI FOR A LOT OF ?ú, Ôé¼, $ AND DEBT
    the stories ÔÇô all are based on a story by reuters.com with different spins.

    visordown.com
    motorcyclenews.com
    motoblog.it
    asphpaltandrubber.com
    cyrilhuzeblog.com
    dealernews.com



    FWIW: Everyone will be second guessing Audi and this deal.

    Technology for small engines has been touted as one of the values of the acquisition. It makes good press but I am less sanguine that is a valid explanation. At various times different portions of the conglomerate that is Volkswagen Group have been linked with various technical projects that parallel what Ducati may have to offer.

    The cash portion may not be all that bad. Ducati's recovery has been ahead of the industry curve. It is an attractive brand for expansion in the hot South American and Indian markets. In normal business terms it may not be out of line; however, the roughly 600+ mln euro is significantly more than other motorcycle companies have recently demanded. But then Ducati presents a much different situation than they.

    Several of the articles point to the debt acquisition portion of the deal. We don't know is what that debt is for. If it will help support increases in business, great. It is not inconceivable that VW/Audi with some of the 342 (and growing in number) companies that make up the group may already be supplies and in effect own some of that debt. The other little secret is in the acquisition process an unknown portion of it will be negotiated away with the vendors and various holders.

    The sale price and how the balance sheet looks in the end are fun to talk about down at the Official Coffee Shop but little more.The bottom line for motorcycle enthusiasts is what does this mean for riders. If it maintains or improves the marque, fantastic. Great news for Ducati fans and keeps the pressure on the competition, like BMW/Husqvarna, to improve to fight off competition. The danger of a specialty brand being lost in a big conglomerate and lowering the bar is a potential.

    For all points only time will tell if this makes sense for anyone other than Investindustrial, who will be depositing VW/Audi's check in their bank account.

    cycleworld.com: Will the motorcycle of the future come from Pasadena

    cyrilhuzeblog.com: Convincing Harley-Davidson print magazine ad

    motorsportsnewswire.com: 2012 BMW S1000RR gets an 8.5 horsepower boost from the Two Brothers Racing full exhaust system



    The Mothership

    Singapore. Cycle paths and single tracks will be more vibrant this summer thanks to the fresh colour combinations of BMWÔÇÖs 2012 bikes. The BMW Cruise Bike and Mountainbike Enduro will have a hip new design with exciting colour accents....MORE

    Woodcliff Lake, NJ  April 17, 2012**BMW is pleased to present a new series of sounds works presented with Frieze that will be part of inaugural program for Frieze New York....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:
    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

    Governor's Highway Safety Association. ghsa.orgHighway safety law charts

    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: Which of the following is a feature of a shatter resistant face shield? http://t.co/CGi1agNu


    Bike Candy

    I really like technical drawings, especially exploded diagrams. :smile

    Pass the mustard and UP THE REVOLUTION!

    St. Paul Pioneer Press , Minneapolis Star Tribune

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    SBK

    paddocktalk.com: World Superbike faces an unpredictable weekend at Assen

    crash.net: Haslam – first BMW win is close

    crash.net: 'Privateer' Rea riding on the edge

    crash.net: Giugliano out to forget Imola disaster

    roadracingworld.com: No replacement rider for Kawasaki's Joan Lascorz at Assen

    mcnews.com.au: A statistical look at Assen

    bikesportnews.com: Assen WSBK – time to step up for fully fit Laverty

    stayontheblack.com: Fabrizio and Badovini test at Mulgellos Autodromo National



    WORLDSBK: 2012 Race Calendar | Championship Standings Rider / Manufacturer

    motogp


    MotoGP – After the Flag at Qatar

    motogp: 2012 race calendar | Results and Statistics


    Formula 1

    formula1.com: Bahrain preview and quotes

    reuters.com: Bahrain not business and normal for Formula 1

    gazzetta.it: Alonso pushes Ferrari 'Lets make this jump'

    autoweek.com: Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix primer

    speedtv.com: 2012 rules deliberately attacked Red Bull claims Helmut Marko





    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

    Biandronno, 18th April 2012 – The second round of the MX2 World Championship takes place this weekend at the superb Sevlievo track in Bulgaria. Over the years Sevlievo has earned its place as perhaps the finest circuit that the world of motocross has to offer, and has always been lucky for the Husqvarna colours. In fact, it was Sevlievo that played host to Husqvarna’s last victory in a world motocross race – 23rd June 2002 - with Alex Puzar on his Husqvarna CR 125. ...MORE

    utlitmatemotorcycling.com: Sealine KTM Coma wins stage one

    dealernews.com: Norton Motorcycles to field 2012 Isle of Man TT competitor

    visordown.com: Norton's Aprilia based TT bike
    motorcyclenews.com: New Norton V4 to race senior TT





    indcar: Moving a racing series to Brazil

    On the Street

    Hot topic so take your pick of articles and explanations.
    asphaltandrubber.com: Officially official – Audi's board approves the acquisition of Ducati
    and in cycleworld.com, motoblog.it, motorcycle-usa.com, wired.com, washingtonpost.com, nytimes.com, businessweek.com, latimes.com, msnbc.com

    motorradonline.de: MC Airbag by Dainese

    webbikeworld.com: Nelson Rigg CL 950 saddlebag review



    The Mothership


    reuters.com: Audi - Ducati, They did WHAT?

    Cage World



    FWIW

    POLARIS [parent company of Victory and Indian Motorcycles] REPORTS RECORD FIRST QUARTER 2012 RESULTS; EPS INCREASED 27% to $0.85 ON 25% SALES GROWTH
    First Quarter Highlights:
    ?À Net income increased 27% to $60.1 million, or $0.85 per diluted share, with sales climbing 25% to $673.8 million, representing a record for first quarter sales and earnings.*
    ?À Off-Road Vehicle sales increased 30% and On-Road Vehicle sales increased 44% during the 2012 first quarter.
    ?À North American retail sales remained strong, increasing 17% in the first quarter compared to a year ago.
    ?À Gross profit margins expanded 60 basis points to 28.9% due to manufacturing realignment savings and lower product and warranty costs.
    ?À Raising guidance for full year 2012 earnings to a range of $3.85 to $4.00 per diluted share, an increase of 20% to 25% over 2011 based on expected full year 2012 sales growth of 10% to 13%.

    On-Road Vehicle sales, comprised primarily of Victory motorcycles, but also including
    Indian motorcycles and our GEM and Goupil electric vehicles, increased 44 percent over Q1 2011
    to $64.7 million. Notably, the 2011 acquisitions of Indian, GEM and Goupil contributed about half of
    On-Road Vehicles first quarter revenue growth. North American industry heavyweight cruiser and
    touring motorcycle retail sales increased mid-teens percent during the 2012 first quarter compared
    to the prior year’s first quarter. Over the same period, Victory North American unit retail sales
    increased approximately 40 percent, while North American Victory dealer inventory increased
    slightly versus 2011 levels to support these sales and market share gains. During the 2012 first
    quarter the Company began shipments of two new Victory models, the Victory Hard-Ball™ and the
    new Victory Judge™, an American muscle motorcycle. Polaris sales of On-Road Vehicles to
    customers outside of North America, now including Goupil, increased over 100 percent during the
    2012 first quarter compared to the prior year’s first quarter.












    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:
    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

    Governor's Highway Safety Association. ghsa.orgHighway safety law charts

    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

    TIP: It only takes a 25 mph wind to make m/c riding challenging. Gusty is worse. How to handle here. P.42 http://t.co/jfDAORhW

    QOD: MSFs SEE strategy stands for what? http://t.co/v0066Goh


    Bike Candy

    Pass the mustard and UP THE REVOLUTION!

    St. Paul Pioneer Press , Minneapolis Star Tribune

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    Early edition for Friday and the beginning of a busy racing weekend. Teams are preparing for Assen and questioning why they are at Bahrain. Posts and updates will follow through the weekend.



    SBK

    bikesportnews.com: Assen WSBK – 'There is no margin for error' – Biaggi

    motomatters.com: Assen World Superbike press release preview roundup

    WORLDSBK: 2012 Race Calendar | Championship Standings Rider / Manufacturer

    motogp

    ducati.com: Rain affects Ducati test at Mugello

    gpone.com: Stoner – 'Stop change the MotoGP rules'

    motogp.com: De Angelis completes MotoGP test for Forward

    moto-station.com: A softening of the Ducati GP12 engine


    motoblog.it: After Yamaha, Honda now excludes the return of Rossi to in the factory team

    motogp: 2012 race calendar | Results and Statistics


    Formula 1

    FIA Bahrain GP information
    http://www.bahraingp.com
    Race Preview
    Stewards
    [http://fia.com/en-GB/mediacentre/f1_...hn-circuit.pdf ]FOM Circuit Map[/url]
    FIA Circuit Map

    Thursday Press Conference – Bahrain GP
    DRIVERS – Heikki KOVALAINEN (Caterham), Romain GROSJEAN (Lotus), Timo
    GLOCK (Marussia), Lewis HAMILTON (McLaren), Nico ROSBERG (Mercedes), Felipe
    MASSA (Ferrari)

    bbc.co.uk: Vettel happy to change cars again

    formula1.com: Nico Rosberg – Tyres the key to title

    reuters.com: Bahrain GP – Game of brinksmanship over hunger strike

    reuters.com: Protest rage as Bahrain GP starts

    telegraph.co.uk: Bahrain Grand Prix 2012 – Two Force India workers fly home afet mechanics escape Molotov cocktail attack

    independent.co.uk: Force India vow to race despite petrol bomb incident

    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



    amaproracing.com: AMA ProRacing roars back at Road Atlanta this weekend



    On the Street

    bikeexif.com: Interview with Miguel Galluzzi

    thisis****horpe.co.uk: Outstanding handling really adds up
    FWIW: BMW's new scooter

    crash.net: Del Torchio – Audi will strengthen Ducati

    asphaltandrubber.com: Audi bought 100% of Ducati's stock
    Most stories had Audi picking up InvestIndustrial's portion leaving the rest in other hands. Today it appears it will become a totally owned subsidiary.
    visordown.com: Conflicting reports over Audi – Ducati deal
    -and-
    online.wsj.com: Audi takes on BMW with North American plant and Ducati



    cyrilhuzeblog.com: Three Crocker Motorcycles to headline Bonhams auction at Quail Lodge in August
    -related-
    motorcyclistonline.com: Quail motorcycle gathering announces new Quail Marketplace to display vintage and modern

    motorcycle.com: Traction control explained.

    dealernews.com: Does rider training cause more crashes? Insurance group is trying to find out

    motorcycledaily.com: New Honda CRF250L designed for sale in the United States

    Dominos Netherlands fleet of silent electric scooters presented a 'menace'. This has been solved [???] with a loudspeaker attached to the throttle.




    The Mothership

    Exide Technologies new “official partner” of BMW Motorsport

    Enjoy an exclusive tour of Munich in a historic BMW. From 22 April 2012 the BMW Museum again offers a limited number of city tours in vintage and classic BMWs...MORE



    Cage World



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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 – 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

    Governor's Highway Safety Association. ghsa.orgHighway safety law charts

    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

    World Superbike in Junior TT format at Assen :smile

    Pass the mustard and UP THE REVOLUTION!

    St. Paul Pioneer Press , Minneapolis Star Tribune

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    Racing Update: Friday 20 April

    SBK

    Melandri fastest out of the box at Assen

    bikesportnews.com: Melandri heads Checa in first practice

    Assen - SUPERBIKE - Free*Practice

    1.*Marco Melandri (BMW*Motorrad*Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 1'37.582
    2.*Carlos Checa (Althea*Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'37.711
    3.*Tom Sykes (Kawasaki*Racing*Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'37.781
    4.*Michel Fabrizio (BMW*Motorrad*Italia*GoldBet) BMW S1000 RR 1'37.891
    5.*Jonathan Rea (Honda*World*Superbike*Team) Honda CBR1000RR 1'38.168
    6.*Leon Haslam (BMW*Motorrad*Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 1'38.188
    7.*Ayrton Badovini (BMW*Motorrad*Italia*GoldBet) BMW S1000 RR 1'38.192
    8.*Eugene Laverty (Aprilia*Racing*Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'38.298
    9.*Niccol?? Canepa (Red*Devils*Roma) Ducati 1098R 1'38.302
    10.*Maxime Berger (Team*Effenbert*Liberty*Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'38.482
    11.*Davide Giugliano (Althea*Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'38.503
    12.*Leon Camier (Crescent*Fixi*Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'38.543
    13.*John Hopkins (Crescent*Fixi*Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'38.633
    14.*Jakub Smrz (Liberty*Racing*Team*Effenbert) Ducati 1098R 1'38.647
    15.*Sylvain Guintoli (Team*Effenbert*Liberty*Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'38.686
    16.*Lorenzo Zanetti (PATA*Racing*Team) Ducati 1098R 1'38.781
    17.*Max Biaggi (Aprilia*Racing*Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'38.928
    18.*Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda*World*Superbike*Team) Honda CBR1000RR 1'39.299
    19.*David Salom (Team*Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'39.388
    20.*Mark Aitchison (Grillini*Progea*Superbike*Team) BMW S1000 RR 1'39.966
    21.*Chaz Davies (ParkinGO*MTC*Racing) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'40.053
    22.*Leandro Mercado (Team*Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'40.291
    23.*Brett McCormick (Liberty*Racing*Team*Effenbert) Ducati 1098R 1'40.643

    Fast out of the box and on Sunday?



    Formula 1

    Classification
    Lap Times

    Force India did not participate in the second Friday practice session. The team made the decision to have all of its team back in their hotel rooms before dark. Rumors flowed through the pits but the rest of the teams opted to participate.

    aljazeera.com: Clashes ahead of F1 race

    telegraph.co.uk: Force India to skip second practice for safety reasons
    and from the bbc.co.uk

    indpendent.co.uk: Security can't be guaranteed at Grand Prix says Yates of the Yard



    I will be back late this afternoon with a summary of SBK first qualifying and the news from Bahrain. Now I am off to a day long meeting with no laptops or cell phones allowed. Didn't know they existed for people like me in this wired world.
    Pass the mustard and UP THE REVOLUTION!

    St. Paul Pioneer Press , Minneapolis Star Tribune

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    Bigger gap 1-2 than 2-3! Sweet!
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    Racing Update: Friday, 20 April

    SBK

    Was BMW sandbagging during wet Friday Qualifying at Assen? All four Team BMW's provisionally advance to the Superpole after today's qualifying. Q2 will sort them out more.

    The German team may have been sandbagging a bit. Team tyre management sent P1 leader Melandri and teammate Haslam on used tyres to do just enough to advance in the rain. They will have to defend and hopefully improve on Saturday. The Italian B squad finished ahead of the German A team but on new tyres. Atchison, the BMW independent, has work to do.

    A decent bit of work for the day.

    worldsbk.com: Guintoli from Sykes at a wet Assen

    Assen - SUPERBIKE - Qualifying*1

    1.*Sylvain Guintoli (Team*Effenbert*Liberty*Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'37.600
    2.*Tom Sykes (Kawasaki*Racing*Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'37.630
    3.*Leon Camier (Crescent*Fixi*Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'38.468
    4.*Carlos Checa (Althea*Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'38.665
    5.*Jonathan Rea (Honda*World*Superbike*Team) Honda CBR1000RR 1'38.873
    6.*Michel Fabrizio (BMW*Motorrad*Italia*GoldBet) BMW S1000 RR 1'39.062
    7.*Ayrton Badovini (BMW*Motorrad*Italia*GoldBet) BMW S1000 RR 1'39.125

    8.*Marco Melandri (BMW*Motorrad*Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 1'39.127
    9.*Maxime Berger (Team*Effenbert*Liberty*Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'39.286
    10.*Chaz Davies (ParkinGO*MTC*Racing) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'39.362
    11.*Eugene Laverty (Aprilia*Racing*Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'39.485
    12.*Jakub Smrz (Liberty*Racing*Team*Effenbert) Ducati 1098R 1'39.605
    13.*John Hopkins (Crescent*Fixi*Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'39.625
    14.*Leon Haslam (BMW*Motorrad*Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 1'39.770
    15.*Brett McCormick (Liberty*Racing*Team*Effenbert) Ducati 1098R 1'39.915
    16.*David Salom (Team*Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'40.124
    17.*Max Biaggi (Aprilia*Racing*Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'40.231
    18.*Niccol?? Canepa (Red*Devils*Roma) Ducati 1098R 1'40.859
    19.*Davide Giugliano (Althea*Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'41.161
    20.*Leandro Mercado (Team*Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'41.693
    21.*Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda*World*Superbike*Team) Honda CBR1000RR 1'41.768
    22.*Mark Aitchison (Grillini*Progea*Superbike*Team) BMW S1000 RR 1'43.144
    23.*Lorenzo Zanetti (PATA*Racing*Team) Ducati 1098R 1'50.808

    BMW Motorrad Motorsport - WSBK - Assen - Qualifying Practice 1
    20.04.2012
    Assen – Free Practice & Qualifying Practice 1.
    Friday, 20th April 2012.


    Weather conditions: Cloudy with rain in the afternoon.
    Temperature: Air: 14 – 16 ??C, Track: 8 – 16 ??C
    Number of riders participating: 23 from 13 teams
    Fastest lap Free Practice: Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) 1:37.582 min
    Fastest lap Qualifying Practice 1: Sylvain Guintoli (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing) 1:37.600 min


    Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport had a positive start to the third round of the 2012 FIM Superbike World Championship at the “TT Circuit Assen” (NED). In the first free practice this morning, factory rider Marco Melandri (ITA) was fastest on his BMW S 1000 RR. His team-mate, Leon Haslam (GBR) finished the practice in sixth. Times from the first qualifying practice held this afternoon fell quite short due to rain showers. Only a few minutes after the start of the session it started to rain and all riders returned to the pits after having completed just a couple of laps. It continued to rain throughout the session so it was not possible to improve on lap times. Marco’s time was the eighth fastest, while Leon qualified a provisional 14th. Marco and Leon both did their laps on used tyres while many of their competitors went out on fresh rubber. If it also rains for tomorrow’s second qualifying session, both will have qualified for the Superpole. Marco and Leon used the rest of the session to put in some laps for testing settings and tyres for the wet.

    BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet SBK Team rider Michel Fabrizio (ITA) finished the first qualifying practice in sixth in front of his team-mate Ayrton Badovini (ITA), who was seventh.


    Marco Melandri:
    Fastest lap Free Practice: 1:37.582 min (P1)/Fastest lap Qualifying Practice 1: 1:39.127 min (P8)
    “Today’s conditions during the qualifying session were difficult. It was dry in the beginning, but we expected the rain to come very soon. We knew we had to get a good lap time right at the start. I went out with a used tyre, and the bike felt quite good straight away. As expected it started to rain after a few laps, and I am happy that we are safely qualified as of now. I went out in the rain to get a feel for the bike in wet conditions. It was the first time for me on the BMW in the rain, but I got more and more confident after a couple of laps. Overall, we have got good data for Saturday, no matter what conditions. I am looking forward to tomorrow. The team is very focused and working well *thanks to everybody.”

    Leon Haslam:
    Fastest lap Free Practice: 1:38.188 min (P6)/Fastest lap Qualifying Practice 1: 1:39.770 min (P14)
    “These were the changing conditions that are normal for Assen. In the first qualifying, we went out on a hard tyre and only got one lap on it before it rained so I was quite lucky to be in the top 16. After that we rolled out on the wet tyres. It was the first time we used the new bike in the wet, so we gathered some important information. We did have a few issues; some things did not work, but I feel things are good and we know which way we need to head. I am looking forward to tomorrow. In Imola we were already close to the top and we made some more improvements at the test at Mugello this week. Hopefully we will have stable conditions and can progress further.”

    Andrea Dosoli (Head of Race Operations):
    “Overall this was a very positive day. All the hard work that the guys in the workshop and at the track have put in during the last few weeks seems to be paying off. The days following the races in Imola were busy – we tested a further day there before heading to Mugello for another test this week. It seems that the set-up solutions also work well here on this track. In the dry our riders were at the front. Of course, the set-up has not been perfect yet, but we are heading the right way. In the afternoon’s session both riders qualified provisionally for Superpole. In the wet we gathered important data as well. Leon unfortunately had a small crash this afternoon but this should not affect our programme for tomorrow. We are confident that we are in good shape for the weekend. The main target is to be ready under all conditions.”

    BMW MOTORRAD ITALIA GOLDBET SBK TEAM - ASSEN – FRIDAY
    20.04.2012

    The*BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet Superbike Team*has completed its first day of practice and qualifying for World Superbike round 3 at Assen.*Michel Fabrizio*and*Ayrton Badovini*took fourth and seventh positions respectively at the end of Free Practice 1, while in the afternoon qualifying they finished sixth and seventh.

    Both riders had a lot of track time in the 45 minutes of free practice, despite the cold track temperatures, thanks to fairly good weather conditions. Michel put in a total of 16 laps with a best time of 1'37.891 while Ayrton completed 17 laps and set a best lap of 1'38.192.

    The arrival of the rain five minutes after the start of the qualifying session limited the amount the track-time available, and both riders only managed to complete three laps. Michel, thanks to his best lap of 1'39.062 ended the session sixth, while Ayrton finished 7th and set a personal best time of 1'39.125.
    In the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup*Sylvain Barrier*and*Lorenzo Baroni*took first and a third position after the chequered flag of qualifying 1. The French rider had also topped the timesheet during the morning free practice, followed in the classification by his team-mate in second.

    Serafino Foti,*BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet Superbike Team Manager,*said:
    "It's been a fairly positive day. During the morning session we were able to do our job the way we wanted but unfortunately the afternoon rain spoilt our plans a bit. We're happy with the feedback we got even though we know there's still a lot to do on Sunday. We're also happy with the first and third positions for our Superstock 1000 riders Sylvain Barrier and Lorenzo Baroni."

    Michel Fabrizio #84 - FP1 4th - QP1 - 6th:*"I'm quite happy. I feel comfortable with the bike and during the morning we had a lot of track-time, as well as collecting some good data. It's a bit of a shame about the afternoon rain; I will keep my fingers crossed for tomorrow!"

    Ayrton Badovini #86* - FP1 7th - QP1 - 7th:*"It was important not to make any mistakes today - as we knew it was going to rain - so we had to get the best out of the few laps on the dry track during qualifying. I was comfortable with the bike and I enjoyed riding it."


    worldsbk.com: Joan Lascorz – Friday, 20 April

    WSS – Qualifying

    worldsbk.com: BMW on top with Barrier


    Formula 1 Practice 2:

    Classifications
    Lap Times

    From the official FIA.com news site:

    Friday Press Conference
    TEAM REPRESENTATIVES – Bob FERNLEY (Force India), Stefano
    DOMENICALI (Ferrari), Eric BOULLIER (Lotus), Martin WHITMARSH
    (McLaren), Norbert HAUG (Mercedes), Christian HORNER (Red Bull)

    Whitmarsh – wind direction critical

    Consistency the key says Hamilton

    From the official Formula1.com news site:

    Rosberg still flying for Mercedes

    Selected team and driver quotes

    Other Sources:

    reuters.com: Police and protesters face off as Bahrain GP begins
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    Wet weather continues at Assen.
    Hacker protesters appear to have taken down the Formula 1 Live timing.
    I will post Superpole and Qualifying results a bit later in the day.
    Here is the Saturday post.

    SBK

    Friday leftovers

    bikesportnews.com: Haslam lucky to make top sixteen

    bikesportnews.com: Biaggi facing fifth row start in Holland

    superbike.co.uk: The BMWs looked strong on Friday at Assen

    suzuki-racing.com: Camier 3rd in rain hit Assen qualifying

    hondaproracing.com: Rain arrives on cue for Assen qualifying

    motomatters.com: 2012 Assen World Superbike press release roundup





    Saturday Q2

    Wet weather continues at Assen

    worldsbk.com: Smrz quickest ÔÇô Guintoli remains at the top

    Assen - SUPERBIKE - Qualifying*2

    1.*Sylvain Guintoli (Team*Effenbert*Liberty*Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'37.600
    2.*Tom Sykes (Kawasaki*Racing*Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'37.630
    3.*Leon Camier (Crescent*Fixi*Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'38.468
    4.*Carlos Checa (Althea*Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'38.665
    5.*Jonathan Rea (Honda*World*Superbike*Team) Honda CBR1000RR 1'38.873
    6.*Michel Fabrizio (BMW*Motorrad*Italia*GoldBet) BMW S1000 RR 1'39.062
    7.*Ayrton Badovini (BMW*Motorrad*Italia*GoldBet) BMW S1000 RR 1'39.125
    8.*Marco Melandri (BMW*Motorrad*Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 1'39.127
    9.*Maxime Berger (Team*Effenbert*Liberty*Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'39.286

    10.*Chaz Davies (ParkinGO*MTC*Racing) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'39.362
    11.*Eugene Laverty (Aprilia*Racing*Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'39.485
    12.*Jakub Smrz (Liberty*Racing*Team*Effenbert) Ducati 1098R 1'39.605
    13.*John Hopkins (Crescent*Fixi*Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'39.625
    14.*Leon Haslam (BMW*Motorrad*Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 1'39.770
    15.*Brett McCormick (Liberty*Racing*Team*Effenbert) Ducati 1098R 1'39.915
    16.*David Salom (Team*Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'40.124
    17.*Max Biaggi (Aprilia*Racing*Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'40.231
    18.*Niccol?? Canepa (Red*Devils*Roma) Ducati 1098R 1'40.859
    19.*Davide Giugliano (Althea*Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'41.161
    20.*Leandro Mercado (Team*Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'41.693
    21.*Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda*World*Superbike*Team) Honda CBR1000RR 1'41.768
    22.*Mark Aitchison (Grillini*Progea*Superbike*Team) BMW S1000 RR 1'43.144
    23.*Lorenzo Zanetti (PATA*Racing*Team) Ducati 1098R 1'50.808


    WORLDSBK: 2012 Race Calendar | Championship Standings Rider / Manufacturer

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    motogp: 2012 race calendar | Results and Statistics


    Formula 1

    Friday leftovers

    gazzetta.it: Montezemol's orders ÔÇ£Heads down FerrariÔÇØ

    telegraph.co.uk: Bahrain GP 2012 ÔÇô City burns but Bernie Ecclestone insists the show must go on

    bbc.co.uk: Crown prince supports race despite protesters

    independent.co.uk: Robert Fisk ÔÇô This is politics not sport. If drivers can't see that they are the pits

    dailyezpress.co.uk: Hackers threaten F1 teams

    Satruday

    Practice 3

    formula1.com: Final practice ÔÇô Red Bull close in on Mercedes

    Classifications
    Lap Times

    formula1.com: Mercedes 'double DRS' overview

    formula1.com: Gearbox penalty for Maldonado [five grid places]

    bbc.co.uk: Protesters shot dead in the street

    Qualifying Bahrain GP

    Formula 1 Live Timing was a big blank screen for me as hackers appear to have made good on their promise. bbc.co.uk Live Timing call was available.

    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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    On the Street

    gpone.com: BMW ÔÇô Ducati will remain the same
    The view from the paddock of DucAudi deal

    visordown.com: BMW R1200GS tops first quarter [UK] sales

    motorcyclenews.com: BMW maxi-scooters delayed

    motoblog.it: Vyrus 986 M2 road version

    motorradonline.de: BMW, Yamaha and Kawasaki power bikes test

    clutchandchrome.com: Victory and Indian motorcycles see sunny roads ahead

    dealernews.com: Accident scene management ÔÇô One of the best 'crash courses' a dealer can offer

    motorcyclistonline.com: Spring riding | 'tween seasons | Street Savvy

    motorcycledaily.com: Scooter share the next big thing?

    asphaltandrubber.com: Motorcycle front wheel KERS ÔÇô Chip Yates patent

    cyrilhuzblog.com: Fast motorcycle industry news

    gulfnews.com: India's Royal Enfield is king of the road again

    cycleworld.com: CW ÔÇô Evaluation: Veskimo personal cooling system

    gpone.com: Roma Motorrad ÔÇô BMW record













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

    BMW-Motorrad.com: Service
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    ascycles.com: BMW Motorcycle Service and Maintenance Schedules

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    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.

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    MSF Motorcycle Operators Manual

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    Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) was over a second faster than any of his rivals in a Tissot-Superpole contest run under 'wet' conditions. The wet Superpole rules dictated that there were two sessions only, not the usual three, with the top eight riders only from Superpole 1 moving on to Superpole 2.

    Despite being declared wet, the track surface during the second session in particular was almost completely dry, allowing Sykes to get to within less than half-a-second of the track best. This was his third Superpole win in succession this season.

    Second fastest overall was the Honda of Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team) from Jakub Smrz (Liberty Racing - Team Effenbert) and Sylvain Guintoli (Team Effenbert - Liberty Ducati).

    World Championship leader Carlos Checa (Althea Racing Ducati) was fifth fastest, from the first BMW rider, Michel Fabrizio (BMW Motorrad Team Italia Gold Bet) in sixth. Official BMW Motorrad Motorsport rider Leon Haslam was seventh, Crescent Fixi Suzuki rider John Hopkins placed eighth, with Hopkins now the last rider on the second row of the grid.

    1.*Tom Sykes (Kawasaki*Racing*Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'35.399
    2.*Jonathan Rea (Honda*World*Superbike*Team) Honda CBR1000RR 1'36.432
    3.*Jakub Smrz (Liberty*Racing*Team*Effenbert) Ducati 1098R 1'36.566
    4.*Sylvain Guintoli (Team*Effenbert*Liberty*Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'36.875
    5.*Carlos Checa (Althea*Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'37.156
    6.*Michel Fabrizio (BMW*Motorrad*Italia*GoldBet) BMW S1000 RR 1'37.311
    7.*Leon Haslam (BMW*Motorrad*Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 1'37.592
    8.*John Hopkins (Crescent*Fixi*Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'37.913
    9.*Marco Melandri (BMW*Motorrad*Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 1'40.516
    10.*David Salom (Team*Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'40.523
    11.*Chaz Davies (ParkinGO*MTC*Racing) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'40.627
    12.*Leon Camier (Crescent*Fixi*Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'40.681
    13.*Brett McCormick (Liberty*Racing*Team*Effenbert) Ducati 1098R 1'41.962
    14.*Eugene Laverty (Aprilia*Racing*Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'43.947
    15.*Maxime Berger (Team*Effenbert*Liberty*Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'44.022
    16.*Ayrton Badovini (BMW*Motorrad*Italia*GoldBet) BMW S1000 RR 1'44.500
    17.*Max Biaggi (Aprilia*Racing*Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'40.231
    18.*Niccol?? Canepa (Red*Devils*Roma) Ducati 1098R 1'40.859
    19.*Davide Giugliano (Althea*Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'41.161
    20.*Leandro Mercado (Team*Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'41.693
    21.*Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda*World*Superbike*Team) Honda CBR1000RR 1'41.768
    22.*Mark Aitchison (Grillini*Progea*Superbike*Team) BMW S1000 RR 1'43.144
    23.*Lorenzo Zanetti (PATA*Racing*Team) Ducati 1098R 1'50.808



    Formula 1 Qualifying -

    Lots of action on and off the track for 2012 Bahrain GP qualifying.

    Protesters appear to have hacked the Formula 1 Live Timing feed. Here in Fly-Over-Land the screen came up live briefly then went blank and remained so until the session was ended when it came back up. In the daily post there is a link to the BBC.co.uk Live Timing commentary.

    On the track things were exciting too.

    Q1: The shocker in this session was Michael Schumacher getting knocked out. The Mercedes DRS system failed in his car putting him on the wrong side of the bubble when the session ended. The midfield times were very close. Without the aerodynamic aid he was not fast enough and will start in P17. Back in P24 Karthkeyan was just over two seconds fast enough to beat the 107% time so there will be a full grid for Sunday's race.

    Q2: Not as much of a shocker was Massa failing to advance to Q3. He can not seem to turn around his fortunes.

    Q3: Ten cars advance to Q3. In this session nine different teams had a car in the hunt. McLaren was the only team to advance both of their cars, but they were not at the top of the heap when the session started. Ferrari, Force India, Lotus, Sauber, Toro Rosso, Mercedes were represented along with the McLarens.

    Hamilton looked set to take the pole when Vettel snatched it from him on his final flyer setting the front row of Sundays race. Webber and Button on row 2. Rosberg and Ricciardo on row 3, Grosjean and Perez on row 4 and row 5 Alonso and Di Resta.

    Qualifying : 2012 Bahrain GP
    Classifications
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    Maximum Speeds
    Pit Stop Summary
    Sector Times
    Speed Trap

    formula1.com: Vettel takes pole

    formula1.com: Qualifying ÔÇô selected team and driver quotes
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    BMW MOTORRAD ITALIA GOLDBET SBK TEAM - ASSEN – SATURDAY
    21.04.2012
    The*BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet Superbike Team*has completed the second day of the 2012 Assen World Superbike round during which the afternoon's Superpole defined the starting grid for the two Sunday races. Tomorrow*Michel Fabrizio*will start from sixth spot on the grid, second row, while*Ayrton Badovini*will move off from sixteenth position, fourth row.
    The day started with the second qualifying session, which took place in the wet. Both Michel and Ayrton got on track and put in nine and 12 laps respectively to try out the set-up for the conditions, albeit they knew they could not better their lap-times set in the dry during yesterday's qualifying. The rider from Rome had a crash at turn nine, from which he escaped uninjured, during the 45 minute session. Michel ended the session twelfth with a best lap of 2'00.040, with Ayrton setting a lap-time of 1'58.284 and was seventh.
    Thanks to the sixth and seventh positions obtained in Qualifying 1, both riders could take part in the Superpole in the wet format - comprising two sessions of 20 minutes each. Michel finished both mini-sessions in sixth place, earning sixth spot on the grid. Ayrton crashed in the early stages of Superpole 1 at "Haarbocht", the first turn after the finish straight. Fortunately he was uninjured and will start the race from sixteenth place on the grid.
    In the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup*Sylvain Barrier*claimed pole position at the end of Qualifying 2, thanks to a best lap of 1'39.566.*Lorenzo Baroni*will also be on the first row as he set a 1'39.888 to take the third grid slot for tomorrow's race.
    Serafino Foti,*BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet Superbike Team Manager, said:
    "It hasn't been an easy day as the weather conditions of Assen - that have always been unpredictable but even more so today - force you to make quick changes to the whole bike set-up from one moment to another. The team did a fantastic job and was well prepared for the weather changes. A positive thing is that no matter if the track was wet or dry, we maintained a satisfactory level of performance. The riders have been good. It's not easy to keep the concentration going in those kind of situations. I'm sorry about Ayrton's crash. He's had a quite big one but fortunately he's fine".
    Michel Fabrizio #84 - QP2 12th ( 2'00.040) - Superpole 6th (1'37.311)
    "I'm quite happy with the second row. The result follows my consistency in free practice and qualifying. It's a shame we couldn’t get the best from the Superpole tyre. I wasn’t injured in this morning's crash and now we must focus on tomorrow hoping the weather will be good."
    Ayrton Badovini #86 - QP2 7th (1'58.284) - Superpole 16th (1'44.500)
    "Unfortunately the crash I had in Superpole has slightly compromised the work done so far, but I want to stay positive as we have improved and I still believe I can do well in the races. I'm sorry for the team."

    BMW Motorrad Motorsport - WSBK - Assen – Superpole
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    Assen – Qualifying Practice 2 & Superpole.
    Saturday, 21st April 2012.
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    Weather conditions: Rain in the morning, rain showers in the afternoon.
    Temperature: Air: 8 – 13 ??C, Track: 4 – 10 ??C
    Number of riders participating: 23 from 13 teams
    Fastest lap Qualifying Practices: Sylvain Guintoli (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing) 1:37.600 min
    Fastest lap Superpole 2: Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) 1: 35.399 min
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    *Due to the unpredictable Dutch weather, today’s Superpole qualifying at Assen (NED) turned out to be a kind of lottery with Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport having mixed fortunes. Factory rider Leon Haslam (GBR) will start the third round of the 2012 FIM Superbike World Championship from seventh, on the second row, with his team mate Marco Melandri (ITA), who qualified ninth, on the third row on his BMW S 1000 RR.
    *
    Today’s deciding qualifying was held under the new “Wet Superpole” format that was introduced for this season. When a Superpole is declared wet by the race director, it is reduced to two individual sections, each of which lasts 20 minutes. The fastest eight riders from the first section progress to the second and final section. In today’s Superpole 1, conditions were changing throughout with slight rain in the beginning, a heavy shower halfway through and a dry track in the final minutes. In these tricky conditions, Leon was fourth quickest and qualified for Superpole 2, while Marco was ninth and only just missed out on the second section. BMW Motorrad Italia Goldbet SBK Team’s rider Michel Fabrizio (ITA) qualified sixth fastest today, while his team-mate Ayrton Badovini (ITA) will start from 16th on the grid.
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    Leon Haslam:
    Fastest lap Qualifying Practices: 1:39.770 min (P14) / Fastest lap FP: 1:38.813 min (P10) / Fastest lap Superpole 2: 1:37.592 min (P7)
    “I felt quite happy with this morning. We were consistently one of the fastest guys out there. In dry conditions this weekend we have issues with the rear of the bike giving me some chatter. This is something we are working on hard, but as the conditions have been changing a lot it has been difficult to have a full session to properly resolve it. Given that, I am actually quite happy to be starting from the second row, but I am disappointed as well because I know that without the difficulty we could have challenged for the front row.”
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    Marco Melandri:
    Fastest lap Qualifying Practices: 1:39.127 min (P8) / Fastest lap FP: 1:37.802 min (P3) / Fastest lap Superpole 1: 1:40.516 min (P9)
    “For sure I am disappointed with the qualifying result. In the dry we have good pace here but the first Superpole was very difficult. It was raining around the track, but not everywhere at the same time. I saw many riders crashing so even if it had been dry in the last few minutes, I was not confident enough to push. I think I made a mistake but it was definitely better than crashing. Now we will see what is possible tomorrow. It is not easy to pass on this track, but I feel okay for the race.”
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    Andrea Dosoli (Head of Race Operations):
    “After what we had seen, both in the dry and wet sessions, we were obviously looking for some better results from Superpole. On the other hand, the conditions were really extreme, especially in Superpole 1 and overall the results are not too bad, as we qualified for the second and third rows. Although Marco will start from the third row, he is confident that he can have a good race and keep a good pace in both conditions. Leon is still looking for the best settings for this race track and it certainly did not help him that the weather conditions changed so often but we are confident that tomorrow both riders will be fighting for the top positions.”



    World Super Stock 1000

    BMW starts the race day with a win as Barrier wins again.

    SBK

    AND THE HITS KEEP COMING

    Then Haslam topped the Sunday warmup session.

    Assen - SUPERBIKE - Warm*Up

    1.*Leon Haslam (BMW*Motorrad*Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 1'41.520
    2.*Jonathan Rea (Honda*World*Superbike*Team) Honda CBR1000RR 1'44.472
    3.*Tom Sykes (Kawasaki*Racing*Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'44.542
    4.*Max Biaggi (Aprilia*Racing*Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'45.097
    5.*Niccol?? Canepa (Red*Devils*Roma) Ducati 1098R 1'45.228
    6.*Maxime Berger (Team*Effenbert*Liberty*Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'45.723
    7.*Marco Melandri (BMW*Motorrad*Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 1'46.255
    8.*Chaz Davies (ParkinGO*MTC*Racing) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'46.512
    9.*Brett McCormick (Liberty*Racing*Team*Effenbert) Ducati 1098R 1'46.702
    10.*Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda*World*Superbike*Team) Honda CBR1000RR 1'47.156
    11.*Carlos Checa (Althea*Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'47.630
    12.*Sylvain Guintoli (Team*Effenbert*Liberty*Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'48.195
    13.*John Hopkins (Crescent*Fixi*Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'49.722
    14.*Michel Fabrizio (BMW*Motorrad*Italia*GoldBet) BMW S1000 RR 1'50.046
    15.*David Salom (Team*Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'50.468
    16.*Jakub Smrz (Liberty*Racing*Team*Effenbert) Ducati 1098R 1'50.850
    17.*Leandro Mercado (Team*Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'51.962
    18.*Lorenzo Zanetti (PATA*Racing*Team) Ducati 1098R 1'52.875
    19.*Mark Aitchison (Grillini*Progea*Superbike*Team) BMW S1000 RR 1'55.062
    20.*Davide Giugliano (Althea*Racing) Ducati 1098R 1'55.212


    RACE 1 Assen 2012

    The race was suspended part way through. Initially I reported these as the final results.

    1 9 33 M. MELANDRI ITA BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 13 1'37.601 286,0 1'40.516 288,3 46 5

    2 4 50 S. GUINTOLI FRA Team Effenbert Liberty Racing Ducati 1098R 13 0.245 1'37.648 280,1 1'36.875 275,1 21 9

    3 3 96 J. SMRZ CZE Liberty Racing Team Effenbert Ducati 1098R 13 0.507 1'37.573 277,9 1'36.566 270,9 30 7

    4 7 91 L. HASLAM GBR BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 13 0.627 1'37.353 289,1 1'37.592 281,5 47 4

    5 5 7 C. CHECA ESP Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 13 0.867 1'37.619 277,9 1'37.156 274,4 75 1

    6 11 19 C. DAVIES GBR ParkinGO MTC Racing Aprilia RSV4 Factory 13 1.044 1'37.560 283,7 1'40.627 280,8 2 20

    7 16 86 A. BADOVINI ITA BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet BMW S1000 RR 13 1.159 1'37.792 285,2 1'44.500 281,5 2 23

    8 2 65 J. REA GBR Honda World Superbike Team Honda CBR1000RR 13 1.210 1'37.504 286,8 1'36.432 276,5 40 6

    9 8 21 J. HOPKINS USA Crescent Fixi Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 13 1.800 1'37.647 283,0 1'37.913 273,7 3 19

    10 19 34 D. GIUGLIANO ITA Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 13 3.053 1'38.030 273,7 1'41.161 270,2 10 17

    11 14 58 E. LAVERTY IRL Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory 13 3.461 1'37.601 286,0 1'43.947 280,8 29 8

    12 6 84 M. FABRIZIO ITA BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet BMW S1000 RR 13 3.580 1'37.695 287,5 1'37.311 283,7 10 16

    13 17 3 M. BIAGGI ITA Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory 13 6.471 1'37.621 289,1 1'40.231 280,8 71 2

    14 18 59 N. CANEPA ITA Red Devils Roma Ducati 1098R 13 9.012 1'37.960 276,5 1'40.859 273,0 12 15

    15 15 121 M. BERGER FRA Team Effenbert Liberty Racing Ducati 1098R 13 14.169 1'38.540 278,6 1'44.022 275,1 20 10

    16 23 87 L. ZANETTI ITA PATA Racing Team Ducati 1098R 13 23.942 1'38.421 278,6 1'50.808 250,7 18 11

    17 21 4 H. AOYAMA JPN Honda World Superbike Team Honda CBR1000RR 13 24.565 1'39.147 286,0 1'41.768 279,3 15 13

    18 10 44 D. SALOM ESP Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 13 25.614 1'39.320 279,3 1'40.523 273,7 2 22

    19 20 36 L. MERCADO ARG Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 13 26.591 1'39.437 276,5 1'41.693 270,9 2 21

    20 12 2 L. CAMIER GBR Crescent Fixi Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 12 1 Lap 1'37.934 277,9 1'40.681 273,7 12 14

    21 22 18 M. AITCHISON AUS Grillini Progea Superbike Team BMW S1000 RR 9 4 Laps 1'40.301 279,3 1'43.144 271,6
    --------------------------------------------------Not Classified--------------------------------------------------
    RET 1 66 T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 12 1 Lap 1'37.320 282,3 1'35.399 293,8 69 3
    RET 13 68 B. MCCORMICK CAN Liberty Racing Team Effenbert Ducati 1098R 2 11 Laps 1'40.673 267,5 1'41.962 268,2


    The final Race 1 results were not as great for BMW

    Assen - SUPERBIKE - Race 1

    1. Sylvain Guintoli (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 18'38.395
    2. Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing) Ducati 1098R 18'41.028
    3. Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) Ducati 1098R 18'41.426
    4. Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 18'42.322
    5. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 18'42.769
    6. Michel Fabrizio (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet) BMW S1000 RR 18'49.754
    7. Jakub Smrz (Liberty Racing Team Effenbert) Ducati 1098R 19'04.807
    8. Niccol?? Canepa (Red Devils Roma) Ducati 1098R 19'15.957
    9. Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 19'28.291
    10. Leandro Mercado (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 19'47.242
    11. Maxime Berger (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 19'50.155
    12. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda World Superbike Team) Honda CBR1000RR 19'52.383
    13. David Salom (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 20'05.414
    14. Lorenzo Zanetti (PATA Racing Team) Ducati 1098R 19'33.081
    15. Mark Aitchison (Grillini Progea Superbike Team) BMW S1000 RR 19'45.779
    RT. Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet) BMW S1000 RR 12'40.295
    RT. Chaz Davies (ParkinGO MTC Racing) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 6'43.300
    RT. Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 4'16.738
    RT. John Hopkins (Crescent Fixi Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 2'26.685
    RT. Leon Camier (Crescent Fixi Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 
    RT. Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team) Honda CBR1000RR 
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    Assen - SUPERBIKE - Race 2

    1. Jonathan Rea (Honda World Superbike Team) Honda CBR1000RR 36'45.936
    2. Sylvain Guintoli (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 36'48.755
    3. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 36'58.574
    4. Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 36'58.698
    5. Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) BMW S1000 RR 36'58.700

    6. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) Kawasaki ZX-10R 37'06.329
    7. Ayrton Badovini (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet) BMW S1000 RR 37'22.253
    8. Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing Team) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 37'23.683
    9. Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing) Ducati 1098R 37'27.286
    10. Michel Fabrizio (BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet) BMW S1000 RR 37'29.866
    11. John Hopkins (Crescent Fixi Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 37'43.451
    12. David Salom (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 38'18.529
    13. Hiroshi Aoyama (Honda World Superbike Team) Honda CBR1000RR 38'19.512
    14. Leon Camier (Crescent Fixi Suzuki) Suzuki GSX-R1000 36'50.679
    15. Leandro Mercado (Team Pedercini) Kawasaki ZX-10R 36'51.166
    16. Mark Aitchison (Grillini Progea Superbike Team) BMW S1000 RR 37'03.892
    17. Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) Ducati 1098R 37'08.183
    RT. Lorenzo Zanetti (PATA Racing Team) Ducati 1098R 34'19.554
    RT. Jakub Smrz (Liberty Racing Team Effenbert) Ducati 1098R 30'10.158
    RT. Chaz Davies (ParkinGO MTC Racing) Aprilia RSV4 Factory 18'38.070
    RT. Maxime Berger (Team Effenbert Liberty Racing) Ducati 1098R 18'42.162
    RT. Brett McCormick (Liberty Racing Team Effenbert) Ducati 1098R 15'33.182
    RT. Niccol?? Canepa (Red Devils Roma) Ducati 1098R 12'21.167

    Formula 1 - Vettel wins pole to flag

    1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 57 Winner 1 25
    2 9 Kimi R?ñikk?Ânen Lotus-Renault 57 +3.3 secs 11 18
    3 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 57 +10.1 secs 7 15
    4 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 57 +38.7 secs 3 12
    5 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 57 +55.4 secs 5 10
    6 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 57 +57.5 secs 10 8
    7 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 57 +57.8 secs 9 6
    8 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 57 +58.9 secs 2 4
    9 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 57 +64.9 secs 14 2
    10 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 57 +71.4 secs 22 1
    11 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 57 +72.7 secs 8
    12 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 57 +76.5 secs 13
    13 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 57 +90.3 secs 12
    14 17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 57 +93.7 secs 17
    15 16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 56 +1 Lap 6
    16 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 56 +1 Lap 18
    17 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 56 +1 Lap 16
    18 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 55 +2 Laps 4
    19 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 55 +2 Laps 23
    20 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 55 +2 Laps 20
    21 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 55 +2 Laps 24
    22 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 54 +3 Laps 15
    Ret 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 25 +32 Laps 21
    Ret 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 24 +33 Laps 19
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    Race 1

    gpone.com: Race 1 red flags for rain

    worldsbk.com: Guintoli wins his first for his team and himself


    Race 2

    worldsbk.com: Rea overcomes hand injury to score popular Assen win


    motomatters.com: 2012 Assen Press Release round up

    bikesportnews.com: Checa says wet tyre choice wwas his mistake


    WORLDSBK: 2012 Race Calendar | Championship Standings Rider / Manufacturer


    motogp: 2012 race calendar | Results and Statistics

    BMW Motorrad Motorsport - WSBK - Assen – Races
    22.04.2012
    Weather conditions: Overcast with heavy rain showers.
    Temperature: Air: 9 – 14 ??C, Track: 7 – 12 ??C
    Number of riders participating: 23/21 from 13 teams
    Fastest lap Race 1 (dry): Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) 1:37.320 min
    Fastest lap Race 2: Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) 1:38.092 min

    It was a thrilling race Sunday at Assen (NED) and Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport had its first victory in the Superbike World Championship within reach, but didn’t quite have its fair share of fortune. After experiencing highs and lows in the rain-hit first race, factory riders Marco Melandri (ITA) and Leon Haslam (GBR) both fought for the race two podium right to the finish line. Overall, Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport proved one fact today: its ability to win races on its own merit with both riders, no matter what the conditions.

    Race one turned out to be an emotional rollercoaster ride for the team. Starting seventh and ninth, both Leon and Marco quickly fought their way up to the very top. In still dry conditions, they started a thrilling battle to win the first race for BMW Motorrad in the Superbike World Championship. Then Lady Luck began to leave the team. While Marco was leading, it started to rain heavily and after the Italian, and several other riders, crashed the race was red flagged. It was restarted under wet conditions with nine laps to go and with Marco on pole position. Leon started fourth and soon took the lead, opening a big gap of several seconds to the rest of the field. However the team’s well-grounded hopes of celebrating the first victory shattered on the third lap, when Leon crashed in the tricky conditions. As the race went on, it saw a third BMW rider in the lead, Ayrton Badovini (ITA) from the BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet SBK Team. Unfortunately, Ayrton also suffered a heavy crash. Marco meanwhile found absolutely no grip in the wet, neither on the straights nor in the corners, and finished the race in ninth position.

    Race two was declared a wet race, but the rain had stopped before the start and the track was drying so tyre choice was a gamble. Leon’s crew decided to use an intermediate front and a slick rear tyre while Marco’s crew counted on slicks for both the front and the rear. Leon catapulted himself from seventh to second in the first corners and held this position halfway through the race but with his intermediate front tyre losing grip, he then slipped back to fifth. Marco meanwhile lost a few positions in the opening lap, but then started to catch up. In the final stages of the race, he had closed the gap to Leon. It was the start of another exciting battle, with both Leon and Marco fighting with Eugene Laverty (GBR) for third place on the podium. The three of them crossed the finish line wheel-to-wheel, but the two BMW riders missed the podium by the small margin of one tenth. Marco was classified fourth with Leon fifth.

    After his crash in race one, Ayrton finished seventh in the second race. His BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet SBK Team mate Michel Fabrizio (ITA) was sixth and tenth. The races were won by Sylvain Guintoli (FRA) and Jonathan Rea (GBR). In the riders’ championship, Marco lies in fifth with 66 points, equal with fourth placed Sylvain Guintoli. Leon is seventh with 58 points. In the manufacturers’ standings BMW improved to third with 86 points.

    In the second race of the 2012 FIM Superstock 1000 Cup, Sylvain Barrier (FRA) of the BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet Team celebrated his second victory of the season. Markus Reiterberger (GER) of Team Alpha Racing finished fifth on his BMW S 1000 RR in front of Barrier’s team-mate Lorenzo Baroni (ITA).

    Marco Melandri:
    Result Race 1: 9th / Gap to 1st: 00:49.896 min / Fastest Lap Race 1: 1:37.601 min
    Result Race 2: 4th / Gap to 1st: 00:12.762 min / Fastest Lap Race 2: 1:38.941 min
    “It has been a very tough weekend. Today, the most important thing was to bring home points. Race one was pretty good for us when it was dry. I had a very good start and I was following Tom Sykes. I was waiting for the best moment to pass him, when he had an engine failure. There was a bit of confusion and after that, Leon was leading, but I passed him. I saw that some drops of rain had come down. My dream was that they would completely stop the race, so I tried to stay at the front. Suddenly there was a turn where it was wet, I did not see the water and went down. Unfortunately our race was compromised by the wet conditions after the re-start. I did not have any grip, so it was difficult to be confident.

    For race two we had a good set-up and a good choice of tyres, but unfortunately we got some chatter again. From the first lap on it was very difficult to control the bike so I could not push properly. The last lap was exciting. I tried to pass Eugene and suddenly both Eugene and Leon were in front of me, but I passed them back. It was great fun and Leon, Eugene and me showed respect for each other which was very important. I am disappointed because I missed the podium only by a little bit but we are working hard and we are in a good shape..”


    Leon Haslam:
    Result Race 1: DNF / Gap to 1st: seven laps / Fastest Lap Race 1: 1:37.353 min
    Result Race 2: 5th/ Gap to 1st: 00:12.764 min / Fastest Lap Race 2: 1:39.308 min
    “Race one was dry at the start. I made a small mistake when I was battling with Carlos Checa mid-race and dropped back to sixth, but I came back in the lead. I had a bit of a tyre issue in that race but it was red flagged anyway due to the rain so for me the red flag was not a bad thing, even though my pace was good enough to get to regain the lead from the back. At the re-start it was raining. I passed Johnny Rea quite easily. It was feeling pretty smooth and easy – and then I had a big crash. I did not realize that I was pushing so much. In hindsight I could have maybe slowed off, but even so I did not feel that I was pushing too hard. After race one I was very disappointed because I could have lost a second per lap and still won the race. The positive thing is that we feel pretty confident in the rain.

    In race two, we opted for an intermediate front and a slick rear tyre. Three minutes before the start I knew that we needed a slick front, but they wouldn’t let us change the tyre because we were running out of time. After two or three laps, the front tyre was just pushing and bouncing and I didn’t have any corner speed. I was surprised that riders didn’t pass me sooner. Somehow I managed to hold Eugene and Marco’s pace, even with the intermediate tyre. I thought I got Marco over the line; it was really, really close. In hindsight I’m happy because we nearly got on the podium with an intermediate front tyre.”


    Bernhard Gobmeier (BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director):
    “Looking back at the race day we can be happy. Of course we were disappointed about the result of the first race. The spectators saw three different BMW riders leading the race but none of them winning it. On the other hand both Leon and Marco showed today that we are in a position to win races on our own merit – no matter what weather conditions. Lady Luck was not on our side today, but I am confident that we will get our desired result soon. In the second race we were a bit unlucky with the tyre choice on Leon’s side, but weather predictions were nearly impossible today. Both riders showed great racing to the chequered flag. We will not stop working hard. A big thank you to everybody at the race track and in the workshop. The team did a great job.”


    BMW MOTORRAD ITALIA GOLDBET SBK TEAM - ASSEN – SUNDAY
    22.04.2012

    The*BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet Superbike Team*has completed race day at Assen. The track hosted the third event of the 2012 World Superbike season and the second round of the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup this weekend.

    Both of today’s races saw mixed and unpredictable weather conditions. Race one started at noon but was stopped during the fourteenth lap due to the arrival of heavy rain. Twenty minutes later the race restarted with the grid determined by the finishing positions from the lap prior to the red flag, in accordance with the rules.

    From the restart,*Michel Fabrizio*got a good start from 12th on the grid, entering turn one in sixth place and finishing the race in the same position.*Ayrton Badovini*moved off from seventh and was immediately in the leading pack. On lap seven he moved up to first place before eventually crashing heavily at "Hoge Heide", turn 15. The rider escaped with no injuries other than some back pain.

    Contrary to the first, race two was declared wet, but as the track was mostly dry, with just some damp patches, both Michel and Ayrton decided to race on slick tyres. Fabrizio, who moved off from sixth place on the grid, had a problem with his right boot which came unzipped twice, an issue that cost him a lot of time, and despite which the Rome based rider finished tenth. Badovini, who started the race from the fourth row, had a good race pace from the sixth lap onwards which allowed him to recover many positions and to finish the seventh.

    In the*FIM Superstock 1000 Cup*race*Sylvain Barrier*scored another victory whileLorenzo Baroni*took fifth place. The French rider was in first position across the finish line at the end of the eighth and last lap completed, as the race was stopped prematurely. A rider suffered a mechanical problem which resulted in a considerable amount of oil on the finish straight, and which gave the Race Director no option other than to red flag the race. Thanks to this victory, Barrier maintains the lead in the standings with 50 points out of 50, while Baroni is currently in seventh place with 12 points.

    Andrea Buzzoni,*BMW Motorrad Italia General Manager:
    "I'd like to compliment the team for the amazing job done here at Assen. The unpredictable weather conditions required a high level of focus but the steps forward from Imola are evident. Serafino managed the whole weekend in the best way possible. Dino and the crew were impressive and made it possible to show the competitiveness of the bike in both the wet and dry. The championship is still at the early stages. We'll surely have the chance to get the expected results we deserve.”

    Serafino Foti,*BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet Superbike*Team Manager, said:
    "It's been two tough races, especially the first one as the weather was changing all the time. We're sorry about Ayrton's crash which happened while he was leading race one. For several laps we were looking at a possible top level result here at Assen. Luckily he wasn't injured from that and he managed to start race two despite some backache. He did well to finish 7th in the second race. Michel was very unlucky as in race two his boot became unzipped twice and he almost had to stop to zip it up. We're happy anyway despite the results not reflecting our performance, as we have found our way once again. I'm looking forward to Monza".

    Michel Fabrizio #84 - Gara 1: 6th - Gara 2: 10th
    "I'm disappointed about race two. Unfortunately my boot got unzipped on two different occasions and that cost me a lot of time. It's a shame because my race pace was good and without that issue I'd have ended up higher than tenth. Looking at all that happened in race one, sixth place was not that bad."

    Ayrton Badovini #86 - Gara 1: RET - Gara 2: 7th
    "After the difficulties we went through in the first two rounds I can say I'm quite happy with the performance this weekend but
    at the same time I'm disappointed about not getting the results I was looking for. It's a pity about race one. My position before the crash was not bad at all! In race two I struggled a bit in the first part due to the damp patches and the backache, but after five or six laps I relaxed and got into a rhythm that matched the top five riders. We're back in the right direction.”

    Sylvain Barrier #20 STK - Gara: 1??
    "I got a bad start, as I did at Imola, but at turn one I managed to get up to third position and I was watching the two riders ahead of me. After Staring's crash I was second with a gap between myself and the race leader. I quickly closed the gap and once at the front I pushed to the limit to get the biggest margin possible. I'm happy that I put in another good performance here at Assen. I want to thank my team for the wonderful job done".





    Formula 1

    fia.com: Press Conferece
    DRIVERS
    1 – Sebastian VETTEL (Red Bull)
    2 – Kimi RAIKKONEN (Lotus)
    3 – Romain GROSJEAN (Lotus)

    Stewards Decisions
    No action on Rosberg/Hamilton incident
    No action on Rosberg/Alonso incident

    fia.com: Timing Information

    formula1.com: Selected team and driver quotes

    reuters.com: Vettel wins, protesters kept away

    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



    FWIW

    Closer but still no SBK Cigar

    The illusive first win did not come this weekend; for BMW anyway. It did come for Giuntoli and his team and they are to be congratulated.

    Race 1 is what it is. Race 2 is closer to what it should be. A win should come soon for BMW. I hope Haslam is on the bike for the first win but, like BMW, I will be happy with the win no matter what. What race two showed is the the two teams can do what it takes on a given Sunday to win manufacturer's championships. They placed four riders in the top ten. Putting four in the top five then top four may come someday.

    Wining rider champioship is about out scoring all the other riders for the season. Manufacturer championships are won by out scoring the other teams and denying the other teams points. In a series where one manufacturer – Ducati has won more than 60% of the races the balance of the teams are fighting over the remaining 40%. Winning gives you the biggest share. Putting four of your marque's bikes in the top keeps the share of the other bikes in the hunt smaller.



    Formula 1 - observaitions

    In the closing laps of the Bahrain GP a BBC commentator observed that Vettel was the likely winner but had yet to prove he could win except from the front. Truth is in the current version of F1 no one has proved they could win without winning the drag to turn 1 and the race to turn 3 of the first lap. Vettel showed maturity. In the end no one remembers if you won by 1 second or 100. A win is a win. Also with the exceptions of writers no one remembers that you lead 90% of the race, fought to defend your lead for 9% then lost in the final 1%. They remember who won. Vettel and Red Bull manage their car, pit stops and all important tyres for 100% of the race and took a victory.

    Lotus showed what it is capable of this weekend. Raikkonen may have had a better car than Vettel but the Red Bull strategy tilled the race in their favor. Lotus is closing in on its first win.

    Will this race be sighted by future analysts as when Rosberg made the shift from hot practice/qualifier to owning the track? In any sport the players that own the field are more likely to get the call from the referee, umpire or steward in F1. Rosberg drove a ruthless take no prisoners race at times and won the stewards decision when questioned. I like him but he has been just another pretty face in F1. Maybe he became a driver to be reckoned with in this race.

    Like him or hate him, there is no middle ground; Schumacher had the race of the day for my money. After coming of a clueless P17 qualifying session he was hit with a 5 position grid penalty work done to his gearbox. From P22 to P10 and a point at the end of the day is an accomplishment for driver and team that should be noted.

    FWIW

    I apologize to the readers that I miss lead with my first Race 1 post. Enthusiasm and Hubris overcame judgment in a rush to post what I mistakenly thought was BMW's first win. I will strive to be more accurate in the future.

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    crash.net: Haslam frustrated as first BMW win goes awry

    gpone.com: Serious incident for McCormick

    ducati.com: Double podium for Althea Racing and its riders Checa and Gugliano

    bikesportnews.com: 50p clip ends Sykes winning challenge

    kawasakiracingteam.eu: Sykes leaves Assen third in points









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    motogp.com: 2012 European debut at Jerez

    motogp.com: Lorenzo hunting his 40th victory at Jerez

    Video MotoGP; Postcard from Jerez


    motogp: 2012 race calendar | Results and Statistics


    Formula 1

    gazzetta.it: Spain will be decisive for the world championship – last chance for Ferrari

    jamesallenonf1.com: Ferrari embarks on long term project with aim of setting the standard again



    bbc.co.uk: Alonso criticizes Rosberg's tactics

    formula1.com: Bahrain analysis – Vettel makes it four from four

    reuters.com: Bahrain protester dies of bird shot wounds

    Formula 1: 2012 Race Calendar | Results Season/Team/Driver
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    Munich/Klettwitz, 23rd April 2012. The 2012 season of the fiercely-contested International German Motorcycle Championship (IDM) is underway: the BMW S 1000 RR was the dominant bike at the season-opener, which was held at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz (GER). BMW customer teams secured no less than five of the six podium places on offer in the first two races. This marked an excellent start to BMW’s title defence in the Manufacturers’ Championship. This year, many customer teams have once again put their faith in the direct support offered by the specialist BMW Motorrad HP Race Support department, which provides engineers and performance parts. ...MORE

    Biandronno, 22nd April 2012 – A great second round result for Alex Lupino in the World MX2 Championship held at the superb Sevlievo track in Bulgaria. The Husqvarna Motocross Team By Ricci Racing rider came home in sixth place, in the second moto of the Grand Prix; the best ever result for the Husqvarna TC 250 since it began taking part in the MX2 championships. ...MORE

    indycar.com: Brazil circuit alterations benefit everyone



    On the Street

    jsonline.com: Harley-Davidson sales up nearly 26% from a year ago

    motorcycledaily.com: Brammo tells us more about Empulse e-Bike

    visordown.com: I've ridden the future and its 100BHP
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    cycleworld.com: 2012 Quail Motorcycle Gathering – event preview

    cyrilhuzeblog.com: 2012 Cannonball Endurance Run September 7 to 23, 2012

    dealernews.com: Minnesota State Troopers give up motorcycles

    tulsaworld.com: Motorcycle deaths rising

    asphaltandrubber.com: KTM Adventure 1290 spotted in the wild








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    Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has returned to Auto China in 2012 with a world debut. The new Phantom Extended Wheelbase takes centre stage in the company’s largest market, where the majority of Phantom buyers commission this ultimate expression of a Rolls-Royce. The launch in Beijing follows last year’s global debut for Ghost Extended Wheelbase in Shanghai. ..MORE

    Rolls-Royce Motor Cars proudly presents the Ghost Six Senses concept, a highly-bespoke luxury model that encapsulates the richness of experience that comes as standard with any Rolls-Royce and takes it to a new level of sensory indulgence. ...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 – Formula 1 World Championship

    WEATHER
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    Governor's Highway Safety Association. ghsa.orgHighway safety law charts

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    BMW-Motorrad.com: Service
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    Download Manuals
    Breakdown Dictionary
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    Tips
    Before every journey…
    Before a log trip…
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    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: Protect yourself by creating distance – so you have more time to respond, more space to maneuver. P.15 http://t.co/jLCSL9Kj

    QOD: What is the best way to handle tailgaters? http://t.co/xkig1Yji


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    worldsbk.com: Pirelli notes from Assen

    WORLDSBK: 2012 Race Calendar | Championship Standings Rider / Manufacturer



    motogp

    motogp.com: Bridgestone MotoGP race preview round 2 ÔÇô Jerez

    motogp.com: Upbeat Spies eyeing Jerez podium

    gpone.com: Yamaha want Lorenzo not Rossi

    ducati.com: Ducati Team prepares for Spanish GP

    teamaspar.net: Jerez GP preview

    motomatters.com: The chassis merry go round FTRs in Moto3, out in Moto2 and MotoGP


    motogp: 2012 race calendar | Results and Statistics


    Formula 1

    formula1.com: The inside line on Force India's Nico Hulkenberg

    reuters.com: More banks added to Formula 1 IPO lineup

    thef1times.com: Deal done for French GP - Ecclestone



    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

    asphalandrubber.com: Did Kawasaki enter 2012 IOM eTT without anyone noticing?

    indycar.com: Notes ÔÇô Power ears quarterly award






    On the Street

    motorcycle-usa.com: MIC reports motorcycle sales up 6.7% in Q1

    tgejbeeskuder,cin: Russell Sutton's Honda radial engine is close to initial start up

    cycleworld.com: PSR 2 up passengere bar ÔÇô new product ideas



    webbikeworld.com: Wolfman enduro fender bag

    theglobemail.com: Getting a handle on sidecars

    theeglobemail.com: In defense of heavy metal thunder

    forbes.com: Harley earnings to show I hogging growth to $59




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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
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    Canada Road Condition Information: Links to provincial highway condition websites across Canada..

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    Governor's Highway Safety Association. ghsa.orgHighway safety law charts

    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 should you do if a tire goes flat while you are riding? http://t.co/9F4AjP0I


    Bike Candy

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    SBK

    worldsbk.com: Dutch round statistics

    WORLDSBK: 2012 Race Calendar | Championship Standings Rider / Manufacturer

    motogp

    motomatters.com: Jerez MotoGP press release previews

    motogp.com: Edwards set to defend CRT lead at Jerez

    roadracingworld.com: Power electronics Aspar Team ready for CRT's European debut

    gpone.com: Casey Stoner – doubts about his fitness

    gpone.com: Jerez good to Pedrosa not to Stoner

    asphaltandrubber.com: MotoGP – Avaintia Blousens switches to carbon frame


    motogp: 2012 race calendar | Results and Statistics


    Formula 1

    formula1.om: HRT to mis Meugello test

    thef1times.com: Haug disagrees with Schumacher's [Pirelli tyre] criticism


    reuters.com: Nestle man lined up for F1 chair




    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

    ultimatemotorcycleing.com: Isle of Man TT launch interviews and video



    indycar.com: Louts drop two teams to strengthen its core



    On the Street

    dealernews.com: Atlantic Beach extends Bikefest tto 10 days

    moto-station.com: Hyosung ST 7 – the cruiser made in Korea

    motorcycledaily.com: MD Double-tested 2012 Aprilia tuono V4R

    motorradonline.de: The new Honda Crosstourer

    motorcyclenews.com: Ducati 1199 Panigale vs rivals at a glance
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    It stands to reason that BMW Motorrad is best known for its legendary motorcycles, after all, the company has been making them for nearly 90 years – ever since 1923. However, it has similar expertise in many other areas, including the design and production of an award-winning range of safety helmets.... MORE

    Munich. Authentic driving pleasure is not just for the real world – as Auto Club Revolution , the new online racing game and car community for PC, demonstrates. Different BMW models can be configured for driving according to personal preferences. The online game from British game developer Eutechnyx features the BMW 1 Series M Coup?®, the BMW 135i, the BMW M3 Coup?®, the BMW M5 and the BMW Z4 M Coup?®. ...MORE

    Woodcliff Lake, NJ, April 23, 2012 –*BMW Financial Services has taken the next step in offering its Ultimate Lease customer a smoother, less-stressful lease-end experience – and overall simpler leasing experience – with the introduction of its BMW Lease Protection Program. [url=https://www.press.bmwgroup.com/pressclub/p/us/pressDetail.html?outputChannelId=9&id=T0126378EN_US&left_menu_item=node__2217 ]...MORE]/url]

    Munich.*From 25 April to 26 August 2012, the BMW Museum in association with Galerie H?ñusler Contemporary is presenting around ten illuminated artworks by internationally renowned light artist Keith Sonnier. The US American draws on the aesthetics of advertising by taking fluorescent lighting technology familiar from the world of neon adverts to form abstract light creations. The sculptures that make up “Lichtblicke I” bring light and metal, art and experiment, neon tubes and cars face to face. ...MORE


    M?®xico D.F. a*25 de abril 2012.-*Despu?®s de la memorable final mundial de BMW Golf Cup International 2011 que se llev?? a cabo en Singapur, en la que participaron 138 jugadores de 46 pa?¡ses diferentes, BMW Group Mexico anuncia el comienzo del BMW Golf Cup Internacional 2012, la cual dar?* inicio el 4 de mayo en Le??n, Guanajuato, continuando su desarrollo durante los siguientes meses en campos ubicados en Puebla, Morelia, Guadalajara, Monterrey, entre otros. Para culminar con la Gran Final Nacional, en el Club de Golf Camale??n Mayakoba, y despu?®s partir a la Final Mundial en Sud?*frica. ...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 – Formula 1 World Championship

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

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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

    Governor's Highway Safety Association. ghsa.orgHighway safety law charts

    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


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