–January 21, 2011 BMW Italy launched its satellite team at Monza on Monday, which will see James Toseland partnering with WSBK rookie Ayrton Badovini, on BMWs that are only barely removed from the factory effort. According to Bernhard Godmayer, Head of BMW Motorrad Motorsport, “Now we can count on two teams, and we want to establish an excellent relationship between them, allowing for a constant exchange of data. The German engineers will have a chance to compare themselves to the Italian engineers, and vice versa. The first step in development will be given to the factory team, and once it is tested and approved, it will be passed on to the Italian team.”
As such the major engine development for the BMW Superbike effort will fall on factory riders Troy Corser and Leon Haslam. Toseland is on his second season back in WSBK after a failed effort in the satellite Monster Yamaha Tech3 MotoGP squad. His experience and double world championships should help BMW in its effort to improve beyond what Godmayer called the team’s “not satisfactory” 2010 season.
BMW approved this Italian arm of the BMW Superbike effort on September 21st, according to team director Andrea Buzzoni, in an effort to improve the company’s overall standings in World Superbike. The Italian BMW team will mark its proper track debut at the Infront test at Portimao at the end of January, and as Toseland noted, the test at Potimao will be “crucial” for the team. He explained, “The first outing was useful only as a shakedown, and to understand which setup direction to move in.”
Current Superstock champion Badovini is excited for his opportunity with the BMW team. “I know how important this opportunity is, and I don’t want to waste it. I have raced in this category before, and I know how much it counts to have a good bike and a good team. From this point of view I’m very confident,” he said.
Leon Haslam Tests BMW S1000RR Superbike
Tuesday, November 02, 2010 After finishing runner-up in this year’s World Superbike Championship with the Alstare Suzuki team, British rider Leon Haslam has joined the BMW factory team for ’11. Recently, he got his first taste of BMW’s recently released S1000RR Superbike at a three-day test at Motorland Aragon in Spain. See what happened in this video:
BMW Motorrad Italia enters Superbike World Championship.
The winning team of the 2010 Superstock 1000 FIM Cup will debut with riders Ayrton Badovini and James Toseland.
–October 28, 2010
2007 WSBK champ Toseland takes a ride with BMW for 2011 after three years with Yamaha.
BMW Motorrad has announced the entry of Team BMW Motorrad Italia Superbike in the 2011 FIM Superbike World Championship. The team will debut with riders Ayrton Badovini (ITA) and James Toseland (GBR) and will receive technical support from the BMW Motorrad Motorsport factory team, which is providing engines and electronics for the BMW S1000RR. The team will be led by Andrea Buzzoni, Director of BMW Motorrad Italia and Manager of the Superbike project; Serafino Foti, who will serve as Sporting Director; and Gerardo Acocella as Technical Director.
In 2010, BMW Motorrad Italia made its debut in international competition and won both the riders' and constructors' titles in the Superstock 1000 FIM Cup, with Ayrton Badovini as lead rider for the team. The Italian squad will also continue in this series with Lorenzo Zanetti (ITA).
"BMW has it in its DNA to constantly seek maximum performance and innovative solutions, comparisons and teamwork, respect and trust, as well as a clear strategic orientation towards the objective," says Christian Kremer, CEO of BMW Group Italia. "We will be entering the FIM Superbike World Championship with the same professionalism and enthusiasm demonstrated to date; and we are sure that this effort will lead to new and important results."
"From next season, our BMW Motorrad Motorsport factory team will be joined in the FIM Superbike World Championship by a factory-supported BMW line-up in the shape of the BMW Motorrad Italia SBK team. The team has experience in motor racing - and in this championship specifically," says Hendrik von Kuenheim, General Director BMW Motorrad. "Last year in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup, BMW Motorrad Italia demonstrated their ability to achieve success with the BMW S 1000 RR in impressive fashion. Although the challenge in the Superbike World Championship is that much tougher, I'm convinced that BMW Motorrad will benefit from this new addition to the field. After all, competition is the lifeblood of business. We would like to wish the team every success."
"After winning the Superstock 1000 FIM Cup, we are continuing with a renewed challenge in the sporting arena," adds Andrea Buzzoni. "We planned this ambitious project with enthusiasm and determination and we are happy to find the same enthusiasm in BMW AG's top management. Our Italian squad will receive technical support from Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport. The collaboration between the two teams will allow a profitable exchange of experience, know-how, solutions and ideas for development, all with the common objective of constantly improving performance. We are delighted to be able to assure Ayrton, who has given us such satisfaction in our racing competition debut, a well-deserved promotion. Ayrton will be riding alongside two-time world champion James Toseland, who has shown great motivation and enthusiasm for the project.
Never Miss a Date
– February 12, 2009 With every passing year, the BMW Motorrad sporting schedule becomes increasingly packed. Add a 14-round Superbike World Championship to the mix for 2009 and it’s easy to miss the potential opportunities surrounding many of these important events.
In order to make sure that you don’t miss out on any of the championship dates, as well as BMW participation in a variety of prestigious races, we’ve prepared Outlook Calendar files of some of the most important dates for 2009. These dates can be quickly and simply imported into your Outlook Calendar to give you an overview of the events and races – just choose which events are interesting for you.
At present the BMW Motorrad Motorsport factory team has confirmed its definite participation in two full world championship series – the Superbike World Championship and the Enduro World Championship. However, there could be many other events throughout 2009 where factory team riders could participate, either for testing or training purposes.
In addition, there are several other significant events and championships that will see participation by BMW riders, including some of the following:
Ruben Xaus testing the BMW S 1000 RR superbike at Valencia.
On-road Superbike Open Championship – for testing and development reasons, the team of BMW Motorrad employee Bernd Papilion will participate with a S 1000 RR in this German amateur series
Off-road In addition to the Enduro World Championship series, we have also included various events where BMW riders will participate in some capacity. These include the Grand National Cross Country (USA), German Cross Country series, German Enduro Championship, Spanish Enduro Championship, British Enduro Championship, Assoluti (Italian enduro series) and various other off-road special events such as the Australian 4 Days Enduro and the International Six Days Enduro.
All the Outlook files are provided within two zipped files, entitled ‘on road’ and ‘off-road’.
If you want to import the calendar files into your Outlook, simply follow the steps below: Open your Microsoft Outlook Extract the files and save them individually to a directory that you have created on your Desktop (we suggest ‘calendar/on road/… and calendar/off road…) Switch to your calendar Choose >>FILE >>Import and Export From the ‘import and export wizard’ choose >>Import a iCalendar(.ics) or vCalendar(.vcs)>>Next Import all the calendar files you need for the dates you are interested in Check that all the dates have been successfully transferred to your calendar and set yourself reminders (these can be set from several hours ahead to four days, one week, two weeks) to help with marketing and promotional activities.
As a back up, we are also attaching two Excel spreadsheet files (offroad racing schedule 2009; onroad racing schedule 2009) with all the dates in an overview, just in case the import to Outlook does not work on your system.
BMW Motorrad Concept Lo Rider
The BMW Lo Rider – sporty, purist roadster study with an individually variable design.
Purist, powerful, unfaired and reduced to the absolute essentials – these few words provide an incomplete description of the BMW Lo Rider, the new concept study by BMW Motorrad. At first sight, the focus would seem to be on the creation of a roadster with a muscular appearance, openly displayed technology and powerful flat twin engine for pure emotion and maximum motorcycling fun. But behind all this is in fact a completely new custom concept.
The bike’s low weight, the powerful and high-torque fl at twin engine and high-quality chassis technology give it a high level of sporty riding dynamics, while the lowered chassis and the relaxed yet active seating position with the broad handlebars are more of a loan from cruisers and naked bikes. The concept is such that, for the first time, the customer can be involved in the design of the BMW Lo Rider to an extent which goes beyond what has previously been possible to date. Numerous options including different exhaust systems, seats, headlamp units and paint fi nish variations allow for a level of customisation which is far greater than the familiar individualisation by means of special equipment features and accessories. This means that the entire character of the vehicle can be adapted to the customer’s individual taste: the customer can take full pleasure in assembling a machine just as he wants it – from a cool cruiser to an aggressive muscle bike.
• Combines current technology with modern and classic stylistic elements. • Design elements can be individually combined by the customer. • Raised or lowered exhaust system, as preferred. • Seat for one or two as preferred, or aluminium perch seat. • Headlamp unit in classic shape or in streetfighter style, as preferred. • Fuel tank with or without aluminium trim, as preferred. • Four paint fi nishes for the fuel tank. • Three paint fi nishes for the engine casing. • Front and rear wheel wings fi nished either in black or chrome, as preferred.