BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Crew enters closing spurt of the 2020 year in France.

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The season finishes in the FIM Superbike Globe Championship 2020 this weekend (2nd to 4th Oct), when the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Crew will contest the seventh and penultimate race celebration of the year at Magny-Cours (FRA). The group and riders Tom Sykes (GBR) and Eugene Laverty (IRL) are assured that they are perfectly positioned for the weekend with the BMW S 1000 RR.

Munich. The year finishes in the FIM Superbike World
Championship 2020 this weekend (2nd to 4th Oct), when the BMW
Motorrad WorldSBK Crew will contest the seventh and penultimate race
party of the 12 months at Magny-Cours (FRA). The crew and riders Tom
Sykes (GBR) and Eugene Laverty (IRL) are assured that they are
well positioned for the weekend with the BMW S 1000 RR.

Just after the year opener at Phillip Island (AUS), the 2020 WorldSBK
calendar was altered as a result of the coronavirus. Considering that then, all
races have been held on the Iberian Peninsula, in Spain and Portugal.
Now, the WorldSBK is getting a journey to the centre of France. The
‘Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours’ is close to 250 kilometres south of
Paris (FRA). The four.411-kilometre keep track of is a complex problem with
numerous slim turns, a few sluggish hairpin bends and a very long straight.
Balance, braking and steering are really important on this layout.
Magny-Cours proved to be a great circuit for the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK
Group past year when Sykes concluded on the podium in 3rd with his RR
in the race Saturday.

Estimates forward of the race weekend at Magny-Cours.

Marc Bongers, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director:
“We’re seeking ahead to, according to the presently forecast, a
usual Magny-Cours – with chilly and damp weather. We’re already at the
penultimate race weekend of this uncommon time. For the very first time, a
constrained selection of admirers will be allowed in, and I am self-confident that the
conditions will not deter the French lovers – we seem forward to their
passion. In terms of our performance, we will check out to retain in the similar
course for Magny-Cours following the upward craze in Barcelona. Even
although the observe and circumstances are absolutely distinctive to those from
two weeks back, we are self-confident that we will be ready to do nicely below.
Even if it does practically nothing but rain, we are even now perfectly-positioned with
the BMW S 1000 RR and our two riders. Magny-Cours gave us our remaining
podium of the time final 12 months our objective is to head in this course yet again.”

Shaun Muir, Group Principal BMW Motorrad WorldSBK
“The group is genuinely on the lookout forward to Magny-Cours.
Previous year, we ended up extremely aggressive there on the very first yr for the
BMW S 1000 RR. Now we are coming from the previous race at Barcelona wherever
we were pretty happy with the efficiency of Tom and Eugene and the
workforce. To complete the next race in fifth and seventh truly reveals what
our expectations are so we would like to keep on that progress into
Magny-Cours this weekend. We are confident that we can obtain comparable
constructive results. The expectations could be influenced by the climate
it does not seem like the climate will be incredibly sort with rain on most
days. The temperatures will also be very minimal and we will see how we
can adapt the BMW S 1000 RR to these problems but nonetheless, we
go as a workforce with a large amount of optimism and we purpose to proceed the good
form from Barcelona.”

Tom Sykes: “I am really much wanting ahead to the
French spherical of the Superbike Entire world Championship. I like Magny-Cours
I delight in the layout of the track to be trustworthy. Last calendar year, we experienced a
podium there with the BMW S 1000 RR so we are undoubtedly hoping to select
up on the success that we had there previous yr. This weekend surely
seems to be attention-grabbing in conditions of the climate forecast. The target will be
to consider and capitalise on the managing of the bicycle in these difficult
problems and hopefully we can intention to get some podium finishes before
the close of the season. Apart from that all ready, organized and looking
forward to begin the race weekend. I’m also on the lookout ahead to possessing
lovers in the grandstands yet again. We have skipped them and it is wonderful that
they can be back.”

Eugene Laverty: “It’ll be great to have the followers back
at Magny-Cours. Phillip Island was a prolonged time in the past when we previous experienced
followers trackside and given that then we have only experienced tumbleweeds in the
grandstands! It is still a tiny way too early to seem at the in-depth
weather conditions forecast for the weekend but we are anticipating some moist weather conditions
in any situation. I experienced the prospect to try the BMW S 1000 RR in moist
disorders throughout practice at Catalunya and my impressions were being excellent.
Rain or shine – my goal is to carry on our ahead development of modern
rounds toward that prime five.”

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Somewhat surprising Sunday results at Catalunya WorldSBK

2020 WorldSBK Round Six – Catalunya

WSBK Superpole Race

Pole position rider Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) got off the grid extremely well to move straight into the race lead but the KRT man was closely followed by Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha), Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team), Álvaro Bautista (Team HRC) and Tom Sykes (BMW Motorrad). Also with an outstanding start, Garrett Gerloff (GRT Yamaha) moved up from his fourteenth spot on the grid and clawed his way up through the ranks to sixth place as the laps progressed.

Loriz Baz – Superpole Race

The leading group was tight and on the third lap Bautista managed to overtake Michael van der Mark’s Yamaha and Rea’s Kawasaki on the straight, but his lead was short-lived due to a huge high-side at turn four which brought his race to an early end.

Michael van der Mark went on to take the lead from Rea who was then followed by Loris Baz (Ten Kate Yamaha) and Chaz Davies (Ducati), the latter enjoying a spectacular comeback ride. The final laps held no surprises, with Michael van der Mark taking his first win of the season ahead of Jonathan Rea and Loris Baz.

Tissot Superpole Race

1. M. van der Mark (PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team / Yamaha YZF R1)

2. J. Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK / Kawasaki ZX-10RR)

3. L. Baz (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha / Yamaha YZF R1)

Superpole Race Results

Pos Rider Bike Gap
1 M. Van Der Mark Yamaha 0.000
2 J.  Rea Kawasaki +2.372
3 L.  Baz Yamaha +2.923
4 C. Davies Ducati +3.929
5 G. Gerloff Yamaha +3.985
6 M. Rinaldi Ducati +6.487
7 A. Lowes Kawasaki +7.688
8 S. Redding Ducati +8.573
9 T. Sykes BMW +10.071
10 J.  Folger Yamaha +12.709
11 E. Laverty BMW +12.713
12 X. Fores Kawasaki +13.027
13 L.  Zanetti Ducati +21.781
14 V. Debise Kawasaki +21.922
15 S. Barrier Ducati +26.909
16 T. Takahashi Honda +29.074
Not Classified
RET A. Bautista Honda 8 Laps
RET S. Cavalieri Ducati 8 Laps
RET L.  Haslam Honda 9 Laps
RET F. Caricasulo Yamaha 9 Laps

WorldSBK Race Two

Race two was full of drama and intrigue at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya as Chaz Davies (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) claimed his first win of the 2020 season and became the seventh different winner in 2020, while American rookie Garrett Gerloff (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team) claimed his maiden World Superbike podium at the Acerbis Catalunya Round.

Chaz Davies on the top step of the podium

Davies was able to get to the front in the early stages of the races before taking the lead and controlling the race, withstanding pressure from Tissot Superpole Race winner Michael van der Mark (PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team) after the pair passed each other in the first half of the race. Van der Mark then fell into the clutches of Gerloff after the American made a sensational start from fifth place to run in the top three, putting pressure on van der Mark all race.

Chaz Davies

Gerloff passed van der Mark for second place on the last lap but a mistake from Gerloff on Lap 10 allowed the Dutchman through for second; Gerloff coming home in third place. Davies held on to win his 31st race in his career, equalling Colin Edwards on the all-time list of winners. Gerloff’s podium means he becomes the first American to stand on the WorldSBK podium since Nicky Hayden in 2016.

Championship leader Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) extended his lead at the top of the standings with fourth place, finishing five seconds clear of Tom Sykes (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team). Scott Redding (ARUBA.IT Racing – Ducati) finished in sixth place after being passed by Sykes with just a couple of laps to go. Rea had lost ground at the start, but was able to regroup to finish in fourth place and take a 51 point lead into the next round at Magny-Cours.

Rea, Redding, Sykes

Eugene Laverty (BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team) secured his best result of the season with seventh place as he showed more impressive pace, ahead of Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK) in eighth. Leon Haslam (Team HRC) was the sole Honda rider in Race 2 and finished in ninth, with Loris Baz (Ten Kate Racing Yamaha) in tenth after losing lots of ground at Turn 1 at the start.

Jonas Folger’s (Bonovo Action by MGM Racing) impressive wildcard weekend continued as he battled his way from the back of the grid to 11th place; Folger not setting a time in Tissot Superpole and missing out on a top nine starting grid for Race 2 by the smallest of margins. Federico Caricasulo (GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team) was 12th after starting from the back of the grid; Caricasulo penalised for irresponsible riding in the Superpole Race after a collision with Haslam.

Garrett Gerloff

Lorenzo Zanetti (Motocorsa Racing) scored points after being called up to the Championship on Friday evening with 13th place while Takumi Takahashi (MIE Racing HONDA Team) and Xavi Fores (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) completed the points-scoring positions.

Alvaro Bautista (Team HRC) did not start the race following a technical issue on the sighting lap; the Spanish rider, who was declared fit following his dramatic highside crash in the Tissot Superpole Race, pulling off the track shortly after leaving the pit lane. Samuele Cavalieri (Barni Racing Team) crashed out in the early stages, while Sylvain Barrier (Brixx Performance) and Valentin Debise (OUTDO Kawasaki TPR) had a coming together on Lap 17 while battling for 15th place. Michael Ruben Rinaldi (Team GOELEVEN), who had been running in the top four for the majority of the race, had a technical issue in the latter stages of the race forcing him to retire from the race on Lap 19.

Chaz Davies taking victory in race two at Catalunya

WorldSBK Race Two Results

Pos  Rider Bike Gap
1 C. Davies Ducati 0.000
2 M. Van Der Mark Yamaha +2.460
3 G. Gerloff Yamaha +2.559
4 J.  Rea Kawasaki +8.040
5 T. Sykes BMW +13.196
6 S. Redding Ducati +14.232
7 E. Laverty BMW +16.409
8 A. Lowes Kawasaki +17.590
9 L.  Haslam Honda +18.536
10 L.  Baz Yamaha +20.401
11 J.  Folger Yamaha +20.451
12 F. Caricasulo Yamaha +25.414
13 L.  Zanetti Ducati +31.420
14 T. Takahashi Honda +51.264
15 X. Fores Kawasaki +3 Laps
Not Classified
RET M. Rinaldi Ducati 2 Laps
RET V. Debise Kawasaki 5 Laps
RET S. Barrier Ducati 5 Laps
RET S. Cavalieri Ducati 17 Laps
RET A. Bautista Honda

WorldSBK Quotes

Chaz Davies – P1

“It was a great race. The feeling is that we managed to put all the pieces of the puzzle together. Maybe we did it a bit late but the important thing is to have achieved this goal. I would like to thank my team who also worked late last night to fix some things on the set up that worked out great. The race pace was very good since the first laps and this allowed me to stay in the lead to manage the race. I am really very satisfied”.

Serafino Foti (Team Manager Racing – Ducati)

“We would like to congratulate Chaz on his extraordinary victory today. This is also a reward for the work done by his crew that has never given up and has always believed in the possibility of providing him with a high-performance bike. Then it is clear that Chaz did the rest by riding in a masterful manner. Unfortunately, it was a difficult day for Scott. After yesterday’s second place we were convinced he could be competitive in today’s races as well. It’s a shame we were unable to put him in the conditions to let him perform at his best and fight for the podium”.

Michael van der Mark – P2

“It’s been a really, really good Sunday. This morning I had a great start in the Superpole Race and I was following Johnny. I felt so good with the bike and felt sure I could battle with him, then Alvaro passed us both on the straight. Unfortunately for him he crashed and I was lucky I didn’t lose any time. I got to the lead and had such good pace, really quick and consistent as was able to pull away from Johnny. So, I’m really happy to take my first win this year! Then for Race 2, I started from pole position which is ideal. I had a good start, and for the first few laps I tried to feel how the grip levels were and how the bike felt. Chaz and Rinaldi passed me but I wasn’t worried as I knew I could keep the same pace as them. I overtook Rinaldi and tried to catch Chaz, but we both had our ‘strong points’ of the track. I passed him once, but to be honest I had to ask too much of my front tyre to stay with him, he wasn’t pulling away massively but every lap just a little bit. During the race I also had a little battle with Garrett, then I dropped him until two laps before the end when I made a small mistake – and there was Garrett again! Another nice battle in the last lap and I’m happy to finish on the podium in P2. I’m looking forward to Magny-Cours now, it’s good to have a few podiums under our belt, so let’s try and repeat it there.”

Michael van der Mark
Toprak Razgatlıoğlu – DNS

“It is difficult for me to know what to say – I am in a lot of pain but also happy because after scans in the hospital it looks like nothing is broken. The crash was very big, I made a mistake, so I am sorry to Yamaha and to my team, but this can happen. I am sad because Michael showed today the R1 can win. My target is to recover for Magny-Cours and fight again for the podium.”

Toprak Razgatlıoğlu chasing Chaz Davies
Paul Denning – Pata Yamaha Team Principal

“Both a very positive and negative race day for the Pata Yamaha team all at the same time. First of all, we’re so relieved that Toprak is not seriously injured after his huge highside in Warm-Up this morning. He was going extremely quick on his first timed lap, more-or-less qualifying pace, and ran a little wide in Turn 13 – and after the overnight rain and a dirty track, the end result was there for all to see. Thanks to the medical staff at the circuit and hospital for looking after him, also to Kenan and some valuable local Turkish support. Toprak should be OK to race in Magny-Cours, although he will be very sore for some days. For the other side of the garage, the day couldn’t really have gone much better! Some detailed, but important improvements to the bike by the team saw Mikey quickest in morning Warm-Up, dominate the Superpole Race from fifth on the grid to celebrate his first win of the year and – if not for just running out of front tyre grip a few laps from the end of Race 2 – it looked like a possible double win was on the cards. Two brilliantly-judged races by Mikey, superb work by his crew and we move on to Magny-Cours in positive spirits. Finally, congratulations to the GRT Yamaha team and Garrett Gerloff for a fabulous performance in Race 2 and Garrett’s first podium in WorldSBK.”

Garrett Gerloff – P3

“It doesn’t feel real! I’m trying to pinch myself. For a while, it didn’t feel like it would be possible this year, but to have it happen is just crazy. I don’t even have words! I’ve always dreamed of being on the podium in a World Championship and to have it happen, it’s like… it’s not real! I am kicking myself a little bit because if I wasn’t so stupid and just braked like I normally do into Turn 10 I probably would’ve made the corner and had second place. That’s something I’ll be thinking about for the next week and a half! I’m just so grateful that Yamaha gave me the opportunity to race in the World Championship, to Filippo in the GRT team for taking me on and being an awesome group of guys and girls, and for supporting me and always being positive. It’s been an amazing environment and I know I wouldn’t be here without them.”

Jonathan Rea – P4

“In the sprint race I felt pretty good but of course in the first laps I was very, very lucky. Alvaro came past on the straight and then in T4 had a huge crash at the exit. I hit his bike and in this moment I thought I was down; was going to crash. I almost let go but miraculously I stayed upright and someone was definitely helping me out there! I had to regroup and chase Mikey but his pace was very good today so congratulations to him and his team. I just didn’t have it in the final race. I felt I had some issues straight away with the front feeling, a lot of vibration in the brakes but apart from that feeling I felt good for about ten laps. The grip level started to drop and I suffered more with the front tyre than yesterday. I was getting a lot of warnings. The race was very tough and aggressive in the beginning so as soon as the pace settled I was just there, and the gap was very constant but to arrive in the front group I was going to have to go over the limit and push the front too much. The target coming here was to increase our championship lead and I think we managed quite well.”

Scott Redding – P6

“It was a very difficult Sunday for me. Both in Superpole Race and Race-2 I had some problems, especially in braking areas. This limited me a lot because I was never able to find the right pace to be competitive. It’s a shame: I expected to do well today. This is a bad result for the World Championship standings but I will not give up now. It is clear, however, that we will have to work hard to have a bike that performs as well as it did two months ago.”

Tom Sykes – P5

“It’s been a refreshing change today. We managed to get some good consistent laps under our belts this afternoon on the BMW S 1000 RR. We didn’t have the pace at the beginning of the race, we couldn’t get the mechanical grip compared to what the other guys had but, what we were able to do was play with the electronics and my riding style throughout the race and keep a consistent pace, which is what we did well. Unfortunately, we were not able to get the result we wanted in yesterday’s race, but we certainly learned from that so to get fifth today is a step in the right direction. I’m really looking forwards to Magny-Cours in a few weeks’ time. This morning in warm-up with a cooler track temperature, the performance from me and the bike was much easier so hopefully heading to France will accommodate me and the BMW S 1000 RR.”

Tom Sykes
Eugene Laverty – P7

“I made a good start from P12 on the grid in race two and found myself in P8 at the end of lap one. That made my life a lot easier, but it was a tough old race as I was having vibrations coming from both front a rear tyre, so that made it difficult which is disappointing in that aspect as I know the potential could have been much more. Barcelona has suited the BMW S 1000 RR, even in race one yesterday again our potential was so much more but losing that much time in the opening laps was difficult to bridge the gap to guys ahead. Magny-Cours in France will be an unknown for me as I have not ridden a bike like the BMW S 1000 RR around there before. But that is expected; this year was always going to be a learning curve for both me and the bike.”

Marc Bongers – BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director

“That was a great relief after our weekend at Barcelona got off to a difficult start. After the reliability issues on Saturday, it was good to finish the Sunday with our best race results of the season. We have been striving for results like this for a long time and it is great to have achieved that – even if it does not yet open up the path to the top. We performed well in warm-up but Tom’s pace in Superpole was too slow at the beginning, which resulted in a slightly disappointing ninth place. However, both Tom and Eugene made a good start to the second race and both of them made it through the turmoil in the first corners. Tom was able to pull away a bit with the leading group and Eugene was involved in a great battle with Lowes and Haslam before coming out on top by finishing seventh. Tom lost contact with the top six around the halfway point of the race but was able to maintain his pace through to the finish and was able to move up to fifth on the final lap, ahead of Redding and Eugene. Now is not the time to relax but we will take this positive development with us to Magny-Cours and we hope that we can repeat our performance there.”

Alex Lowes – P8

“Obviously this was a bit of a disappointing day for me. I gave absolutely 100% but I did not have the feeling I needed on the bike. We could not get the setting right to give me the confidence to push like we expected. It was a shame to have a difficult weekend as I had a lot of confidence after the last round, where I was feeling ill but still managed to get fifth and sixth places. We need to analyse what happened now and refocus on Magny Cours in a couple of weeks’ time to get back fighting at the front. That is the target for me now.”

Alvaro Bautista – DNS

“Today’s been a bittersweet day. In this morning’s warm-up I was pleased with how the bike was working because we were able to fix the setup issue we had yesterday, and our feeling was a lot better. In the Superpole race I moved into the lead, the first time we’ve been able to do that, which means we are continuing to improve. I was feeling so good on the bike and to be out front again that perhaps I was a little overconfident and pushed a bit too hard, which resulted in a crash. A pity. Physically I wasn’t feeling good ahead of race 2 but I when I jumped on my bike, I saw I was able to ride despite my foot injury. The pain was not too bad. But then the bike stopped on the sighting lap and so I didn’t have chance to compete at all. We’re looking into what the problem was. It was a pity because we had good pace also for race 2 and could have battled with the frontrunners in both the day’s races. Anyway, we will take the positives of this weekend. I’m happy with the job we are doing and with our steps forward and now we’ll see if we can make the most of the final two rounds and score the kind of results we deserve.”

Leon Haslam – P9

“A tough day for us. We made a bad start in the Superpole race and although my feeling was OK over the first lap, I was then hit from behind and crashed with Caricasulo. At first I thought I might have broken my leg but luckily that wasn’t the case and I was just very stiff in my lower body. After another bad start in race 2, my pace was not too bad and I was starting to catch some other riders. We had a good battle with Lowes, but then a small mistake in the final stages meant I eventually finished ninth. It was a tough race and I had some arm pump due to a lack of mobility following the crash, but we have made some steps forward if we consider the entire weekend. It’s just a pity about the actual race results because we had the potential to run top five today. Anyway, we move on to Magny-Cours and will try our best again there.”

WorldSBK Championship Standings

Pos Rider Points
 1  Jonathan Rea  290
 2  Scott Redding  239
 3  Chaz Davies  188
 4  Michael Van Der Mark  178
 5  Toprak Razgatlioglu  157
 6  Alex Lowes  145
 7  Michael Ruben Rinaldi  144
 8  Alvaro Bautista  94
 9  Loris Baz  91
 10  Leon Haslam  88
 11  Tom Sykes  70
 12  Garrett Gerloff  68
 13  Eugene Laverty  45
 14  Federico Caricasulo  41
 15  Xavi Fores  37
 16  Marco Melandri  23
 17  Sandro Cortese  14
 18  Leandro Mercado  12
 19  Maximilian Scheib  11
 20  Jonas Folger  9
 21  Sylvain Barrier  5
 22  Christophe Ponsson  4
 23  Roman Ramos  4
 24  Matteo Ferrari  4
 25  Takumi Takahashi  4
 26  Lorenzo Zanetti  3


Andrea Locatelli (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team) – 2020 FIM Supersport World Champion

A fightback in the race after a poor start allowed Andrea Locatelli (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team) to be crowned World Champion in the 2020 FIM Supersport World Championship after battling his way from fifth to the front of the field at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for the first ever Acerbis Catalunya Round.

2020 FIM Supersport World Championship

Locatelli had started from pole position but found himself down in fifth place after the opening handful of laps with Locatelli not taking risks in the early stages, despite falling behind Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing). It would take until Lap 5 for Locatelli to start making moves, first passing Raffaele de Rosa (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) into Turn 1 before he passed Corentin Perolari (GMT94 Yamaha) a lap later.

2020 FIM Supersport World Championship

The title-winning move came on Lap 9 as he made a move on both Mahias and Philipp Oettl (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing); Locatelli forcing Mahias wide and onto the run-off between Turns 1 and 2 although Oettl was able to pass Locatelli shortly after. Locatelli then extended his gap at the front to just over two seconds as he secured victory and the World Championship.

Raffaele de Rosa

Mahias finished the race in second place, meaning Yamaha secured the Manufacturers’ Championship with Mahias finishing second onboard his Kawasaki. Mahias was joined by teammate Oettl on the podium, with Mahias getting past Oettl with a handful of laps to go but unable to close the gap to Locatelli.

De Rosa secured a fourth placed finish, less than a second away from the podium, with Steven Odendaal (EAB Ten Kate Racing) in fifth, his first top five since Portimao Race 2 as the South African continues to impress in WorldSSP. Isaac Viñales (Kallio Racing) finished in sixth place, finishing ahead of Manuel Gonzalez (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team); the 2019 WorldSSP300 Champion penalised three seconds for track limits infringements.

Steven Odendaal

Perolari fell down the order in the latter stages of the race to finish in eighth place with Danny Webb (WRP Wepol Racing) in ninth; the British rider securing another top ten finish – his fifth in the last six races. Estonian Hannes Soomer (Kallio Racing) completed the top ten, finished just over a second behind Webb.

Peter Sebestyen (OXXO Yamaha Team Toth) just missed out on a top ten finish with 11th place with Axel Bassani (Soradis Yamaha Motoxracing) in 12th place; the highest placed WorldSSP Challenge rider as he finished less than a tenth ahead of WorldSSP Challenge rider Kevin Manfredi (Altogoo Racing Team) in 13th. Race 1 winner Andy Verdoïa (bLU cRU WorldSSP by MS Racing) finished in 14th place as Loris Cresson (OXXO Yamaha Team Toth) completed the points.

There was a collision on the run down to Turn 1 at the start between Can Öncü (Turkish Racing Team) and Patrick Hobelsberger (Dynavolt Honda) with Hobelsberger taken to the medical centre for a check-up before being diagnosed with a left hip contusion and suspected pelvic injury. He will be transferred to hospital for further assessments. Galang Hendra Pratama (bLU cRU WorldSSP by MS Racing) crashed on Lap 2 of the race while Kyle Smith (GMT94 Yamaha) and teammate Oscar Gutierrez came together on the same lap; all three riders retiring from the race.

P1 Andrea Locatelli (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team)

“It’s a dream! Until then you know it’s alive but it’s an incredible day. We work everywhere, every time very well and this is our objective. This is an incredible day and I don’t have any words but I’m very excited. Thanks to my guys because they work very hard every time and this is the result.”

Andrea Locatelli (BARDAHL Evan Bros. WorldSSP Team) – 2020 FIM Supersport World Champion
P2 Lucas Mahias (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing)

“The race is not so bad again it’s not possible to win. I tried to follow but exactly the same race compared to the first part of the season and every stage of the season. It’s not possible to ride in the rhythm of the yellow bike. For sure, it’s not easy because when you start the race and your best position is second it is not nice, but this is racing and this is the racing for this year. I am happy for my team with second position and for Kawasaki because my teammate finished third and this is nice for the Puccetti team and Kawasaki.”

Lucas Mahias
P3 Philipp Oettl (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing)

“It was a tough job, I decided to use the softer rear tyre but after 10 laps to go I felt there was a drop and then I was just sliding around. I tried to build as much grip as possible, but it was a very hard job to do this with pickup but I’m happy, we have a 2-3 with Kawasaki and I think I learnt a lot this weekend. In the past two races, we didn’t have enough luck to finish on the podium but today feels really good.”

WorldSSP Race Two

Pos Rider Bike Gap
1 A. Locatelli Yamaha 0.000
2 L.  Mahias Kawasaki +2.159
3 P. Oettl Kawasaki +4.252
4 R. De Rosa MV Agusta +5.086
5 S. Odendaal Yamaha +7.847
6 I.  Vinales Yamaha +8.195
7 M. Gonzalez Kawasaki +9.845
8 C. Perolari Yamaha +10.208
9 D. Webb Yamaha +12.732
10 H. Soomer Yamaha +14.231
11 P.  Sebestyen Yamaha +15.245
12 A. Bassani Yamaha +18.917
13 K. Manfredi Yamaha +18.989
14 A. Verdoia Yamaha +27.009
15 L.  Cresson Yamaha +32.532
16 G. Van Straalen Yamaha +32.576
17 M. Pons Honda +32.603
18 A. Ruiz Carranza Yamaha +32.810
19 L.  Montella Yamaha +42.222
20 G. Erill Kawasaki +55.646
Not Classified
RET F. Fuligni MV Agusta 2 Laps
RET O. Gutierrez Iglesiasesp Yamaha 15 Laps
RET K. Smith Yamaha 15 Laps
RET G. Hendra Pratama Yamaha 16 Laps
RET P. Hobelsberger Honda /
RET  C. Oncu Kawasaki /

WorldSSP Championship Standings

Pos Rider Points
 1  Andrea Locatelli  263
 2  Lucas Mahias  159
 3  Jules Cluzel  146
 4  Philipp Oettl  124
 5  Raffaele De Rosa  106
 6  Corentin Perolari  96
 7  Steven Odendaal  95
 8  Isaac Vinales  90
 9  Manuel Gonzalez  89
 10  Hannes Soomer  59
 11  Danny Webb  55
 12  Peter Sebestyen  42
 13  Can Alexander Oncu  34
 14  Andy Verdoia  33
 15  Alejandro Ruiz Carranza  25
 16  Federico Fuligni  21
 17  Kevin Manfredi  20
 18  Axel Bassani  18
 19  Kyle Smith  16
 20  Miquel Pons  16
 21  Loris Cresson  12
 22  Galang Hendra Pratama  9
 23  Patrick Hobelsberger  6
 24  Maria Herrera  2
 25  Jaimie Van Sikkelerus  2
 26  Hikari Okubo  1
 27  Luigi Montella  1


The drama went to the final corner on the last lap in FIM Supersport 300 World Championship as the Championship visited the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for the first time with Yuta Okaya (MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT) claiming his and Japan’s first victory in WorldSSP300 during the Acerbis Catalunya Round.

P1 Yuta Okaya

A Turn 10 collision between Unai Orradre (Yamaha MS Racing), Bahattin Sofuoglu (Biblion Motoxracing Yamaha WorldSSP300) and long-time race leader Tom Booth-Amos (RT Motorsports by SKM-Kawasaki) separated out the front group meaning Okaya was able to claim victory. Orradre was able to continue in the race but finished in 26th place while Sofuoglu came home in tenth as Booth-Amos retired.


Okaya had been running at the front throughout on the 10-lap race and made the race-winning move on the last lap to claim the stunning victory, heading off teammates Scott Deroue and Jeffrey Buis as MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT claimed a podium lockout during Race 2; with Deroue closing in on Buis in the Championship standings. Deroue had to come through the Last Chance Race to make the main races and battled his way through the grid to get to the podium in Race 2 as he showed strong pace throughout.


Koen Meuffels (MTM Kawasaki MOTOPORT) continued the team’s success as he finished in fourth place, the team claiming a 1-2-3-4 finish. Meikon Kawakami (Team Brasil AD 78) finished the race in fifth place as the highest-placed Yamaha rider, finishing just over a tenth away from a podium finish. Inigo Iglesias Bravo (Scuderia Maranga Racing) secured a top six finished; under a tenth away from Kawakami.


Hugo de Cancellis (Team TRASIMENO) was another who fought his way through the Last Chance Race to secure a seventh place finish, just ahead of Ukrainian rider Nick Kalinin (Battley-RT Motorsports by SKM-Kawasaki) in eighth, Adrian Huertas (ProGP Racing) in ninth and Sofuoglu finishing in tenth despite the last-lap crash.


Race 1 podium finisher Samuel di Sora (Leader Team Flembbo) finished in 11th place as he scored more points in Barcelona, with Daniel Mogeda (OUTDO Kawasaki TPR) in 12th, Mika Perez (2R Racing) in 13th, with wildcard Angel Heredia (DEZA-ISMABON Racing Team) and Paolo Grassia (Team CHIODO Moto Racing), who started from the front row, completing the points-scoring positions.


There was a five-rider incident at Turn 10 on Lap 2 of the 10-lap race with Alejandro Carrion (Smrz Racing – Willi Race), Johan Gimbert (GP Project), Kevin Sabatucci (Kawasaki GP Project), Kim Aloisi (ProGP Racing) and Ton Kawakami (Yamaha MS Racing) with Aloisi and Kawakami able to continue in the race. Filippo Rovelli (Kawasaki ParkinGO Team) also did not finish the race, while Bruno Ieraci (Kawasaki GP Project) crashed out on the final lap.

P1 Yuta Okaya

“I have no words. It was such an exciting race but so difficult! It was the hottest conditions of the week and my bike is difficult to push on, we find the chance on the last lap so I could overtake Scott in the final corner. Happy for my first victory for me and also the first Japanese victory and thanks to the team.”

P1 Yuta Okaya
P2 Scott Deroue

“It’s unbelievable! This weekend has been so difficult. In first practice, we had a problem and we were not qualified for Superpole and the other practices were wet, so we were in the Last Chance Race. Yesterday, was really difficult in the wet. This morning was very good, I was fastest, so I knew I had the pace. Then you have to come from the back of the grid to the front and that can be very difficult. In the end, it was difficult, but it worked. I’m really happy.

P3 Jeffrey Buis

“It was a difficult race because in the middle of the race, my front tyre was completely destroyed and setting the lap times was hard. At the end of the race, I had some luck and I can come through to finish third. Good points for the Championship.”

WorldSSP300 Race Two

Pos Rider Bike Class Gap
1 Y. Okaya Kawasaki B 0.000
2 S. Deroue Kawasaki B +0.045
3 J.  Buis Kawasaki A +0.161
4 K. Meuffels Kawasaki A +0.239
5 M. Kawakami Yamaha B +0.292
6 I.  Iglesias Bravo Kawasaki B +0.343
7 H. De Cancellis Yamaha B +0.697
8 N. Kalinin Kawasaki A +0.773
9 A. Huertas Yamaha B +1.221
10 B. Sofuoglu Yamaha B +1.259
11 S. Di Sora Kawasaki A +1.455
12 D. Mogeda Kawasaki A +2.007
13 M. Perez Kawasaki A +2.032
14 A. Heredia Kawasaki B +2.085
15 P. Grassia Kawasaki A +2.318
16 A. Kroh Yamaha A +2.549
17 T. Brianti Kawasaki B +3.098
18 A. Coppola Kawasaki B +3.337
19 V. Rodriguez Nunez Yamaha A +10.316
20 M. Gennai Yamaha A +12.808
21 M. Garcia Kawasaki A +12.834
22 F. Perez Casas Yamaha B +13.094
23 I.  Garcia Kawasaki A +13.334
24 J.  Perez Gonzalez Yamaha B +14.130
25 F. Macan Yamaha A +14.147
26 U. Orradre Yamaha A +23.266
27 G. Mastroluca Kawasaki B +39.288
28 T. Kawakami Yamaha B +43.244
Not Classified
RET T. Booth-Amos Kawasaki B 1 Lap
RET B. Ieraci Kawasaki A 1 Lap
RET F. Rovelli Kawasaki A 7 Laps
RET K. Aloisi Yamaha A /
RET K. Sabatucci Kawasaki B /
RET J.  Gimbert Kawasaki A /
RET A. Carrion Kawasaki A /

WorldSSP300 Championship Standings

Pos Rider Points
 1  Jeffrey Buis  158
 2  Scott Deroue  142
 3  Bahattin Sofuoglu  111
 4  Unai Orradre  98
 5  Ana Carrasco  97
 6  Tom Booth-Amos  94
 7  Thomas Brianti  80
 8  Mika Perez  71
 9  Meikon Kawakami  58
 10  Yuta Okaya  54
 11  Koen Meuffels  54
 12  Samuel Di Sora  50
 13  Bruno Ieraci  44
 14  Hugo De Cancellis  38
 15  Ton Kawakami  31
 16  Nick Kalinin  29
 17  Kevin Sabatucci  24
 18  Adrian Huertas  22
 19  Marc Garcia  16
 20  Inigo Iglesias Bravo  15
 21  Filippo Rovelli  15
 22  Alan Kroh  13
 23  Glenn Van Straalen  13
 24  Alvaro Diaz  10
 25  Victor Rodriguez Nunez  9
 26  Tom Edwards  9
 27  Alfonso Coppola  9
 28  Johan Gimbert  7
 29  Oliver Konig  5
 30  Daniel Mogeda  4
 31  Filip Salac  4
 32  Enzo De La Vega  4
 33  Alejandro Carrion  4
 34  Kim Aloisi  3
 35  Angel Heredia  2
 36  Paolo Grassia  1
 37  Tom Bercot  1
 38  Mirko Gennai  1


UPDATE 1-Motorcycling-Yamaha’s Vinales sets lap history to declare pole at San Marino Grand Prix – Reuters India

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Sept 12 (Reuters) – Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales took pole situation for Sunday’s San Marino Grand Prix immediately after setting a lap file of one particular moment, 31.411 seconds in qualifying to edge out Petronas Yamaha’s Franco Morbidelli in Misano on Saturday.

It was the Spaniard’s 2nd pole of the year and he was .312 seconds more rapidly than Morbidelli. Championship chief Fabio Quartararo will begin the race from third on the grid.

“I feel on the limit,” Vinales, who eclipsed Jorge Lorenzo’s all-time lap report of 1 moment, 31.629 seconds set in 2018, advised reporters.

“We attempted to choose out all the highest from the bike… for guaranteed we made a good system mainly because I saved pretty a ton of tyres in the course of the weekend to put all the things into Q2. It pays.

“I come to feel wonderful. I experienced a truly superior several weeks at dwelling… carried on the fantastic mood and each lap I felt amazing on the bicycle… we’re heading to try out and go at the maximum tomorrow.”

With Misano welcoming lovers back again into the grandstands with social distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic, supporters experienced lots to cheer as 7-situations MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi competent in fourth for his home race.

4 Yamaha bikes claimed the leading 4 spots in qualifying for the first time.

LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow, who experienced previously been declared match for the race right after acquiring arm surgical procedure adhering to last month’s Styrian Grand Prix, was pressured to withdraw due to difficulties that have been learned through a professional medical check on Saturday.

Spaniard Pol Espargaro, who secured a podium end in the fifth spherical at Spielberg last thirty day period, endured a crash at transform 15 in Q2 to fall out of the top 10. (Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru Enhancing by Toby Davis)

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Bottas qualified prospects the way in Tuscan Grand Prix apply – Reuters India

(Reuters) – Valtteri Bottas place dominant champions Mercedes on leading of the timesheets in Friday practice for the Tuscan Grand Prix, the initial System Just one championship race held at Ferrari’s Mugello circuit.

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Team mate Lewis Hamilton, who sales opportunities the Finn by 47 details right after 8 races, concluded the just one-two on a sunny afternoon in Italy with a time .207 slower.

Crimson Bull’s Max Verstappen, next before lunch, was third and .246 off the tempo.

“It’s been a good deal of entertaining now and I have loved every single solitary lap,” explained Bottas.

“I believe there’s however very a little bit of lap time to unlock, the two in the auto and also as a driver.”

Hamilton was similarly enthusiastic about the rapid and complicated circuit: “There’s no time to engage in all over here and it’s 1 of the most bodily demanding that I’ve pushed for a when,” he stated.

“I’ve been making an attempt to push it to the limit today, but I imagine there are a few sections exactly where I can enhance.”

The best 6 went in pairs, with Red Bull’s Alexander Albon fourth fastest and the Renault pairing of Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon fifth and sixth.

McLaren’s Lando Norris turned the 1st crasher of the working day in a next session which was two times stopped as motorists tested the limits.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc had been an encouraging 3rd in the morning, soon after his team’s dismal showing in Belgium and at their dwelling Italian Grand Prix, but was 10th in the second session.

Team mate Sebastian Vettel was 12th and parked up by the facet of the monitor ahead of the stop with an evident engine issue right after a spin.

The race is also a celebration of Ferrari’s one,000th championship race with their cars carrying a retro burgundy livery harking again to their debut in 1950.

Bottas lapped with a best time of 1 minute 16.989 on the soft tyre in the afternoon, after a one: 17.879 in session one.

It was the fifth time in a row that Bottas, who has so significantly won only the opening race in Austria in July, had been swiftest in 1st follow.

Pierre Gasly, surprise winner at Monza for Crimson Bull-owned AlphaTauri, was fifth and eighth speediest respectively.

Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen and Racing Point’s Sergio Perez collided late in the next session as the latter was exiting the pits, bringing out purple flags yet again.

Most of the drivers were enduring the sweeping 5.2 km track — more related with MotoGP racing — for the first time.

Friday was also the initially time having to pay spectators had attended in a COVID-19-hit season, with 2,800 a day permitted in.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London, editing by Jason Neely, Ken Ferris and Toby Davis



New Radio System Aims To Make MotoGP Racing Safer

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After some frightening crashes for the duration of the two races at the Pink Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria, MotoGP officials resolved to carry out a new method of alerting riders to pink flags that they could possibly usually pass up. And it is a very simple as a radio message.

Several varieties of racing use an in-helmet radio method for racers to chat to their pit crew, but MotoGP riders don’t have that immediate line of communication. In point, those strains of interaction are expressly forbidden in the rulebook. Instead, riders count on a mix of the traditional pit board indications and their on-board displays to obtain any required data.

In the end, it’s feared that a radio would result in a rider to get rid of focus. Even though it’s not excellent to have a lapse of notice in, say, an F1 automobile, it’s specially lousy for a rider in the middle of a corner. In bicycle racing, the racer is extra bodily prone.

That stated, riders have also been having difficulties to catch modifying marshal flags, these types of as when a race improvements from environmentally friendly-flag to pink-flag conditions. The sequence is exploring a a lot more speedy form of conveying that info via pre-recorded messages.

Dorna’s sporting director Carlos Ezpeleta made positive to maintain expectations tempered regarding the ultimate function of the exam:

It was truly just a really first preliminary examination let us say, generally to test two points. A single, to know if riders could listen to messages on the ear telephones. And two, to see if they were distracted by a message that could get there mid-corner or in times of much more focus.

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Most riders felt the examination in the long run proved to be favourable, but the big criticism was that, involving the motor noise and the rush of wind, it could be tough to get all messages.

Andrea Dovizioso pointed out the challenge to the media later in the 7 days.

We experimented with and it is excellent since the audio was very clear and I can listen to what they say. But regretably there is… they have to alter the internal-ear for the reason that it was like I didn’t have ear plugs, so the [wind] sound was so high and I just cannot listen to the engine far too considerably.

Other riders observed that the headphones that furnished the concept are unlike the sound-cancelling types they at this time dress in in that they permit in a ton of ambient sounds. The sensation was as well substantially for Pol Espargaro he came into the pits after striving out the method because “it was as well noisy and unachievable to journey.”

Ezpeleta is self-assured that the sound isn’t a deal breaker. Alternatively, it alerts the simple fact that some modifications need to have to be designed but that the system is performing as it really should.

“Now it is just about listening to the riders and looking at what are our prerequisites for the long term,” he famous. “If there’s likely to be a cable or no cable the dimension of the receivers on the leather fits the ear phones and how considerably sounds they cancel from the bik


Jorge Martin Is The To start with Rider In The MotoGP Paddock To Deal COVID-19

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When several European racing series have completed their finest to quell the distribute of COVID-19, it was unavoidable that a handful of athletes would arrive down with the virus. Now, KTM Ajo Moto2 rider and 2020 title contender Jorge Martin has come to be the first rider in the MotoGP collection to appear again with a optimistic take a look at.

MotoGP has carried out a sturdy series of protection steps to maintain riders and crew personnel healthier, such as social bubbles, limited access, enforced mask carrying, and common tests. Its measures are comparable to people of F1. Equally series have taken the return to racing pretty severely.

Prior to Martin testing constructive for COVID-19, a television employee analyzed optimistic for the virus at the Czech Grand Prix. That particular person was straight away placed into isolation, alongside with anyone who had been in shut make contact with with them. No just one else turned up sick.

From an Ajo group statement:

Jorge Martin has been unable to journey to Misano due to a beneficial test for COVID-19.

The Spaniard feels perfectly and is quarantined at residence, respecting the safety protocols of the health authorities.

Pink Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 group hope that he will be able to make a fast return to the paddock to proceed the fantastic do the job finished at the latest rounds.

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A mechanic from a diverse team has also examined constructive. A MotoGP report mentioned that both Martin and the mechanic were being asymptomatic but that neither experienced entered the paddock ahead of the San Marino Grand Prix. They have been tested prior to touring and have due to the fact remained at property.

Martin sits a mere eight factors powering championship leader Luca Marini, which can make it more disappointing for the rider to sit out a possibility to score vital details to maintain—or surpass—his situation.

Motorsport also noted that a Moto3 rider examined positive for COVID-19, but a subsequent take a look at arrived back again damaging. A third take a look at was administered to establish the o


Maverick Vinales Requires 2nd MotoGP Pole In A Row At Misano

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Maverick Vinales has located his stride at Misano for the second straight race weekend in a row, the Yamaha rider has set the quickest lap in qualifying and will begin Sunday’s occasion from pole posture.

But his reign was not assured the discipline appeared dangerously speedy, particularly immediately after Francesco Bagnaia, who established a blisteringly rapid pace, pipped him at the leading of the field. But his previous quickly lap was thrown out for exceeding monitor restrictions. Fabio Quartararo seemed set to outpace them equally, but a wobble in the final corner noticed him arrive up quick.

It was a challenging session for a good deal of drivers. Johann Zarco experienced pace and was established to go swiftest when he misplaced regulate of his bike and slid through the gravel. Alex Rins simply didn’t have the rate required to compete, settling down in 18th place. Aleix Espargaro appeared to be heading into Q2 when a crash left him mired in the rear of the discipline.

“I experience really excellent. I really feel the bike has been fantastic, considerably improved than the other race. We produced an improvement from past weekend, which helps make me a lot additional relaxed for tomorrow,” Vinales reported following qualifying.

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“We’ve just been performing all weekend… striving to have an understanding of what the intention is for the race,” Jack Miller, second location qualifier, mentioned. “We started out at the rear of the 8 ball. We started the hard way, but we’re listed here.’

“I required to be on the entrance row, but I did not anticipate to be that fast with the issues that I [did]. Genuinely pleased,” 3rd position qualifier Fabio Quartararo claimed.

Here’s your leading 10:

one. Maverick Vinales

two. Jack Miller

three. Fabio Quartararo

4. Pol Espargaro

5. Francesco Bagnaia

six. Brad Binder

seven. Valentino Rossi

8. Franco Morbidelli

nine. Danilo Petrucci

10. Andrea Dovizioso


Catalonia Grand Prix: Fabio Quartararo wins to regain MotoGP championship lead

Fabio Quartararo leads at the Catalonia Grand Prix
Fabio Quartararo led from the ninth lap for his third win of the season

Frenchman Fabio Quartararo won the Catalonia Grand Prix on Sunday to regain the MotoGP championship lead from Italy’s Andrea Dovizioso.

The Yamaha-SRT rider, 21, dominated the season’s eighth race after Dovizioso fell on the first lap in Barcelona.

Joan Mir finished second with fellow Spanish Suzuki rider Alex Rins third.

Quartararo’s third win this year puts him eight points ahead of Mir in the standings, with Dovizioso now trailing by 24 in fourth place.

Franco Morbidelli started in pole position but team-mate Quartararo took the lead on the ninth of 24 laps, before holding off Mir and Rins.

Seven-time MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi, who was chasing his 200th podium finish, was second before crashing on the 16th lap.

After Quartararo won the first two races of the season, there had been different winners in the next six.

Catalonia GP

1 Fabio Quartararo (Fra) Yamaha 40mins 33.176secs

2 Joan Mir (Spa) Suzuki +0.928secs

3 Alex Rins (Spa) Suzuki +1.898secs

4 Franco Morbidelli (Ita) Yamaha +2.846secs

5 Jack Miller (Aus) Ducati +3.391secs

6 Francesco Bagnaia (Ita) Ducati +3.518secs

7 Takaaki Nakagami (Jpn) Honda +3.671secs

8 Danilo Petrucci (Ita) Ducati +6.117secs

9 Maverick Vinales (Spa) Yamaha +13.607secs

10 Cal Crutchlow (Gbr) Honda +14.483secs

World Championship standings

1 Fabio Quartararo (Fra) 108 pts

2 Joan Mir (Spa) 100

3 Maverick Vinales (Spa) 90

4 Andrea Dovizioso (Ita) 84

5 Franco Morbidelli (Ita) 77

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Right here is the Tasty & New BMW M1000RR Superbike

As we believed, now sees us getting our initially glimpse of a new bike from BMW Motorrad, but even so, give a right hi to the BMW M1000RR superbike.

Of training course with the “M” identify now on a motorbike, we see that the S1000RR package has been cranked to 11 in order to make the M1000RR a truth.

Initial off, you will see the notable carbon fiber winglets connected to the entrance of the fairing, which is very en vogue right now, and consequently obligatory. They give 36 lbs (16.two kg) of downforce at 187 km/h.

Beneath the hood, things are more rowdy with the BMW M1000RR, with peak power coming in at 209hp (156 kW) and peak torque at 83 lbs•ft (113 Nm).

With only 500 models coming throughout the world, BMW Motorrad has already produced its sign of homologating the BMW M1000RR for WorldSBK use, and to make the bike powerful and ready for Superstock racing. Appropriately, pricing is established at €30,000 in Europe.

The centre place for the BMW M1000RR is the bike’s inline-4 motor, which gets the bulk of the machine’s updates over the more pedestrian S1000RR superbike.

To place down the extraordinary 209hp (156 kW) figure, BMW has generally upgraded all of the motor internals, leaving no stone unturned and priming the bicycle for racing duty.

The modifications get started with new two-ring pistons (from Mahle), which are hooked up by titanium connecting rods (courtesy of Pankl). Engine compression has been bumped as well, and now sits at 13.five:1 (up from 13.three:1).

There are also slimmer and lighter rocker arms, and revised ingestion ports. The new titanium exhaust is superior for more than an 8 lbs excess weight reduction as effectively.

All of this culminates in a bicycle that not only has a lot more peak energy, but also tends to make a lot more electrical power from 6,000 rpm all the way up to the new 15,100 rpm redline.

On the electronics side, there are 4 typical journey modes (Rain, Street, Dynamic, and Race) together with three Race Pro modes. All of these are tied into the six-axis IMU, with dynamic traction handle.

BMW also has two adjustable throttle curves, so you can tune motor reaction, and there are 3 engine braking maps as perfectly, in the Race Pro modes.

The up/down quickshifter is common, as is the start management, pit-lane limiter, and Hill Start out Control Professional aspect. BMW will make you shell out some additional coin if want to use the knowledge-logging functions, on the other hand.

On the chassis, we can see no shortage of carbon fiber bits, and you can get even much more of these if you invest in the optional M Competition Offer package, which includes the new M Stamina chain from BMW.

BMW Motorsport has also upgraded the brake kit on the M1000RR, which really should be welcomed information to activity rider ears, as the BMW S1000RR has maybe the worst brake bundle in the section. 

The calipers are labeled “M” branded, which doesn’t get our hopes far too high (we would have most popular to see anything like the Brembo Stylema R in use in this article), but we’ll reserve judgment till we consider them.

Shifting rearward, individuals looking carefully at the M1000RR swingarm will see that it has been modified as well, and is now 220 grams lighter. The rear brake mount has also been moved, to beneath the rear wheel, which should make wheel swaps a great deal a lot easier.

Most likely the most underrated aspect of the BMW M1000RR is the reality that the optional carbon fiber wheels for the S1000RR appear as conventional on the M1000RR, which in addition to the other carbon fiber additions, assistance provide the bike’s fat down to 423 lbs (192 kg) at the control.

If you like what you see and listen to, you can hope to see the BMW M1000RR at dealerships in March/ April of 2021. Ideally just before then we will have term on US pricing, but it would be good to say that cost in the $35,000 assortment would be very likely.

BMW Motorsport has created no solution about the truth that they are utilizing the BMW M1000RR as an homologation exclusive. As this kind of, we can anticipate to see it on the WorldSBK grid, Isle of Guy TT, and other experienced and amateur series all over the earth.


Friday MotoGP Summary at the Catalunya GP

“It’s only Friday.” Something you are likely to listen to from riders on, properly, Fridays, when you inquire them who they believe is on the lookout sturdy.

Friday is the working day that men and women are acquiring up to speed, assessing unique setup instructions, making a preliminary evaluation of tires, and putting in a banker lap when time and circumstances allow.

Drawing conclusions from possibly session of apply on Friday is fraught with issue. Doubly so for Friday at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo, near Barcelona.

The track hosted three days of action for the WorldSBK series past weekend – now with double headers for the Entire world Supersport and Supersport 300 lessons thanks to the compressed 2020 timetable – and so acquired a layer of Pirelli rubber.

There have been rainstorms during the 7 days which have washed some of that rubber from the keep track of, changing grip levels at the time once again. And the wind on Friday was, in the text of Jack Miller, “pretty savage”.

On the confront of it, you may well say that Franco Morbidelli, Johann Zarco, and Brad Binder are capable of brief moments, Morbidelli and Zarco dropping less than 1’40.

On race rate, you could possibly want to conclude that Morbidelli, Fabio Quartararo, Joan Mir, Alex Rins, and Maverick Viñales are all rapid on used tires.

But the results from Friday require to be read through like you may well study tea leaves. Sifted by way of in the hope of getting designs but fearful of leaping to conclusions which the upcoming just will not bear out.

Clean up Monitor, Small Grip

Though grip was lower, the track itself was in really fantastic condition, regardless of the WorldSBK round the weekend in advance of.

“The observe seemed fairly clean, seriously clean, initial of all when I cycled on Wednesday, and then yesterday I went for a observe stroll with the boys,” Jack Miller claimed. “The monitor looked truly clean up, like there was not too a great deal rubber down, let us say.”

But any Pirelli rubber remaining on the keep track of soon after the Earth Superbike sequence had raced may perfectly have experienced an outcome on grip ranges, the Pramac Ducati rider described.

“It could have a little something to do with it. When we have the winter season exams and Superbike are there, they commonly go more quickly and we do not usually go as fast. So it could be some thing to do with that. But I imagine the rain and every little thing like that sort of washed a great deal of the rubber on the track absent.”

Rubber or no rubber, grip was lacking, and the blend of that and the significant wind which buffeted the track from the west created driving quite tricky without a doubt. “The grip degree is extremely minimal, like seriously low, and the wind has been pretty savage these days, to be honest. You appear out of the very last corner, and it hits you, attempts to blow you on the grass on the exterior.”

The moment out of the corner and into the lee of the grandstands, the rider has time to compose himself all over again, Miller described.

“Then you arrive again and check out to prep yourself for the finish of the straight, and then the wind is hitting grandstand and doing a U-convert and striving to blow you off the observe in the center, and then you occur out the other aspect and it’s seeking to blow you off in the braking zone. So that is heaps of enjoyable.”

Exiting the entrance straight, there was a whole lot of wind to cope with, the Pramac Ducati rider reported. “Then you go Convert one, two, three, and midway through three, it hits you massively from the inside of and it is really really hard to lower again by the wind. The previous few of corners are a nightmare as well…”

A Gentle Contact

That had necessitated a radical transform in driving design and style. “The major issue I have found now is just attempting to be truly light,” Miller stated. “You cannot upset the bicycle whatsoever, I have by no means hung off a bicycle so substantially in my existence.”

With significantly less wind forecast for Saturday, work on bicycle setup could resume additional absolutely, he claimed. “I feel like if the wind is down tomorrow like it is intended to be, it should be a bit additional usual. Let us say lower grip, but identical to Argentina, some thing like that.”

Miller and his Pramac Ducati workforce experienced adjusted the bike to match the really unique observe they discovered in Barcelona compared to Misano. At Misano, with a good deal of grip, they hadn’t required a whole lot of fat transfer under acceleration and braking to deliver grip, and so experienced operate the bike decreased at the two ends.

At Barcelona, they had to do the opposite, and increase the bicycle at both finishes in pursuit of grip. “Here we have absent up attempting to chase grip, attempting to get far more transfer each front and rear,” Miller said. “I imagine with some additional setting adjustments, realize how the tires are operating, it’s going to be important for Sunday, I believe.”

No Ideas

Andrea Dovizioso also pointed out the big difference involving Misano and Montmelo. “I really do not think we can just take currently to know precisely how Sunday will be, due to the fact most people came from Misano and the variance in the grip is the greatest you can locate from Misano to listed here, so 1st you have to adapt,” the Ducati Manufacturing unit rider reported.

“Second, in the afternoon there was a crazy wind, to be rapidly you have to choose a large amount of hazard, and I didn’t have the sensation to do that, and I assume that tomorrow the conditions will be better to be more quickly, so I don’t imagine it was as well important.”

Dovizioso and Bagnaia experienced also utilised radically distinctive tire tactics in contrast to the relaxation of the grid, and that rendered any comparison with the relaxation of the grid quite a lot invalid.

“It was a little bit strange, but me and Pecco did the very same tactic, but wholly reverse to all the rivals about the rear tires,” Dovizioso explained. “So we really do not know our velocity, because in the morning we applied the tire in a distinct way, and also in the afternoon.” They experienced not employed a tire to chase a brief time, and completed their very long operates at various occasions.

All this meant it is pretty much unattainable to know just wherever everybody stands. “So it was a peculiar working day about the winds, and the tires, so I feel no one was seriously ready to do the job in the afternoon, since we experimented with some setup, but in the next exit, the bike was uncontrollable, and you cannot perform on the details like that.”

“Also about the tire, it was very hard. I consider everybody felt a major fall of the rear tire, but when you have to battle with the wind it is a distinct tale. So I believe tomorrow the affliction will be standard,” the Ducati Factory rider informed us.

All at Sea

The slippery situations experienced been predicted to profit the KTMs, but they experienced left Pol Espargaro at a reduction in the early morning session. “It was unusual and pretty strange, particularly the early morning. We had been riding a lot of laps and it was worthless, for almost nothing, for the reason that I didn’t discover nearly anything,” the Crimson Bull Factory KTM rider mentioned.

“I was with surprisingly small grip and spinning a whole lot. It was like acquiring rain tires in dry conditions and we were being near to the last. I felt quite poor. We miss a ton of expertise of the monitor condition so in the afternoon I was employing the medium tire and it was coming but nevertheless did not feel great.”

“I really do not feel the restrictions of the bicycle or the braking factors for case in point, the best way to make the corners, opening the traces, closing the traces.”

He had no notion which course to stick to, Espargaro stated. “It is really difficult to have an understanding of what to do. To do one lap was tricky. I could not comprehend the tires or the bicycle.”

“I could do 4 laps pushing and quite similar, but losing three tenths to my teammate in T4 and I really do not know how to get it again. In the other sectors we are not terrible but there I am losing half a next: increase. I don’t know what to feel and I’m emotion peculiar. It is like we have not completed any laps below.”

Altered Electronics Tactics

Espargaro and his staff have had to convert their electronics techniques on their heads in pursuit of a technique to cope with the unusual conditions at Montmelo. Discovering the equilibrium was tricky.

“In the information, we locked so a lot the rear for braking so we needed to release motor braking, but as quickly as we do that I experience tremendous-not comfortable on the brakes. We require to elevate the TC amazingly large due to the fact we spin in a way we never ever did this calendar year or even the past.”

Ailments were the worst he had encountered for a long time, Espargaro claimed. “I really don’t bear in mind the very last time we experienced such very low grip and this kind of challenging conditions like these. In the finish to make one particular lap was a make any difference of attempting to uncover the limit and going to crash, and if I am heading to do that then it will be tomorrow in qualifying.”

“It was tough ailments and struggling with this scenario. In phrases of four-lap rhythm we are fourth and in five we are fourth once again, so when we examine we are superior in race tempo but I am missing this ‘taking more risk’ to do just one far more lap. But it is not the time to do it.”

Warmth-Thieving Wind

The blend of wind, reduced grip, monitor format, and the abrasive surface experienced a weird outcome on the tires. The robust wind was sucking warmth out of the tires, specially the front on the remaining hand facet, and that was resulting in riders to crash.

You essential to force to get heat into the tires, but it was taking a number of laps. But if you persevered, you had been rewarded with dropping lap moments.

“The tires are hard to warm, the extra laps you do the improved it is with the entrance,” Suzuki’s Joan Mir discussed. “But there is a second that the rear starts to warm and spin additional and that is why we see the lap times fall so quick in this track for the reason that of this ailment.”

“The wind did not assist to heat the front tire. The straight is so long. If you really don’t press at 100 % on out lap then you aren’t capable to heat the tire. In my scenario I have to have 2 superior laps to warm the entrance. For qualifying something to take into consideration. If there is a great deal of chilly in qualifying then it will be hard.”

Mir was one particular of the a lot of riders to tumble at the still left handers all over the keep track of, the Suzuki rider going down at Turn 5. “It’s a important corner,” Mir reported. “A little bit of downhill, of camber. It is a weird corner. Also the first corner that you do, the initial remaining [Turn 2], is a corner you really don’t brake and never warm a lot the remaining section of the tire.”

“T5 indeed, you have to brake and use far more the tire. With the temperature I was far too optimistic with the brakes and missing the front. It was a mix. I know if I brake in this way with a lot more temperature on observe I do not crash for confident.”

All of the crashes had happened in the left handers, primarily on out laps or early in a rider’s run. Riders crashed at Switch two, Turn 5, Flip 10, and even Flip 11, with only Turn 7 spared the ignominy of a fall. Small temperatures and optimism had been the common brings about of most crashes.

“I went to brake 25 meters afterwards in the first lap,” Franco Morbidelli explained of his crash at Flip 10 in FP2. “Not a wise thought. You have incredibly couple of corners on the remaining at this observe. The third remaining corner I confronted I was 25 meter afterwards and it wasn’t a smart plan, as I said.”

True Race Speed

Regardless of the deficiency of grip, there had been some things the riders could do the job on. Maverick Viñales, for instance, did a whole lot of his operates with a entire fuel tank to simulate the start out of the race.

This has proved to be his weak level all over this time, and without a doubt the past few yrs, and it was anything they have been focusing on now, he said. “For absolutely sure I’m functioning all the time on race set up, each apply,” he explained. “I have to have to fully grasp. Also the riding style improve very a lot. We have to have to fully grasp how to do it.”

Viñales was a single of the riders who was happiest with his day’s do the job, unsurprisingly specified the rate on used tires he was showing.

“I’m very happy due to the fact straight away we are rapidly. This is the most essential. This afternoon with the wind it was extremely challenging truthfully. I never experienced that type of conditions this season so it was quite hard.”

The very good information was that top rated speed was a lot less of an difficulty at Montmelo than in Austria. “I explained yesterday that this was not the worst keep track of for the straight mainly because you come from two rapidly corners. The past one is a rapidly one. We have superior grip out of this corner. It seems greater,” Viñales explained to us.

The Covid-19 Risk

Ailments on the keep track of may be bettering, but there is rationale for Dorna to be apprehensive. Following getting rid of a person HRC engineer to quarantine after a positive Covid-19 take a look at in Misano, the LCR Honda crew lost a 2nd HRC engineer at Barcelona.

The complete staff was examined again on Friday, with the exams returned coming again damaging, but three some others pressured to stay in isolation awaiting the effects of the second check. Other engineers have been drafted in to get their put, but that nonetheless left the team in a difficult predicament.

“It can make everyday living far more complicated, of class. We are down on team,” Cal Crutchlow informed us. “But it doesn’t stop us from working tricky and continuing to do our work in the garage. Right now we bought all tested and everyone in the garage has examined adverse.”

“I really do not know how they do, it but it’s a fast take a look at and we had the success provided in an hour. But not pleasant to have two checks now. It is Alright, it is part of it, it exhibits how significantly we want to be right here as we go through it all the time, identical as the people today who are in this article.”

At Misano, a few of the employees operating in the paddock experienced been ready to snooze at house, outside the house of their nominal Covid-19 bubble. Montmelo is significantly even worse in that respect: so numerous of the crew team, riders, and primarily Dorna workers live in Barcelona, and are sleeping in their own beds.

That can make them vulnerable to publicity by using loved ones users, who are not aspect of the paddock bubble. Inspite of Dorna’s testing application, the risk of becoming infected with Covid-19 is much better than at other races, in particular provided the promptly mounting situation depend in Barcelona.

Creating points worse is the truth that riders are bringing their companions and households to the track, opening up yet another avenue of publicity to the coronavirus. Aleix Espargaro, for illustration, posted pics of himself with his wife and young children at the keep track of.

In the meantime, much of the paddock is still carrying out their greatest to exclude the likelihood of an outbreak in the paddock – like the tiny range of journalists who have been granted access to the circuit, but are saved a prolonged way absent from riders and group workers.

With Covid-19 instances on the increase in the course of Europe, and governments reintroducing limitations and constraints on activities and massive gatherings, the 2020 MotoGP time proceeds to hang by the slenderest of threads.

If there is a broader outbreak in the paddock, or MotoGP is noticed as a hazard component endangering community wellbeing, races could be canceled at the drop of a hat.

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