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Old 07-23-2012, 05:54 PM   #1
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WSBK Brno discussion *spoilers*
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double win for melandri

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Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) scored a double today after winning the second 20-lap race of the weekend at Brno. The Italian rider made a final pass on long time leader Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) on the final lap and had just enough of a gap on Sykes on the final few corners to make sure the English rider would finish second, by only 0.140 seconds.

Carlos Checa (Althea Racing Ducati) had an eventual third place finish with championship leader Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing) a lonely fourth. Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing) won a duel for fifth place with Chaz Davies (ParkinGO MTC Racing Aprilia) and Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport).

In the championship fight Biaggi now has 271.5 points, Melandri has 250.5 and Sykes moved into third place, on 212.5 points. Checa is fourth on 204.5.

BMW also moved into 1st on the manufacturer standings.

BMW 292
Aprilia 290
Ducati 276.5
Kawi 218.5
Honda 193
Suzuki 72.5

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Old 07-23-2012, 07:48 PM   #2
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I feel bad for Sykes, the dude keeps winning Tissot watches, and usually leads early. Then he falls off mid race and is done. But lately he's been in it until the end. Then Melandri passes him on the final lap! Gah!! Come on Tom!

And this is from a Ducati/Checa fan (and also an "Anybody but Biaggi" fan...) If Checa can't be the champ, then I'm rooting for Melandri and Sykes!

And what of the news that BMW is basically pulling out factory support, going with BMW Italia for next year? What's up with that? They start putting wins together and pull out? Well, I guess it worked for Ducati last year.....

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Old 07-23-2012, 08:35 PM   #3
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I feel bad for Sykes, the dude keeps winning Tissot watches, and usually leads early. Then he falls off mid race and is done. But lately he's been in it until the end. Then Melandri passes him on the final lap! Gah!! Come on Tom!

And this is from a Ducati/Checa fan (and also an "Anybody but Biaggi" fan...) If Checa can't be the champ, then I'm rooting for Melandri and Sykes!

And what of the news that BMW is basically pulling out factory support, going with BMW Italia for next year? What's up with that? They start putting wins together and pull out? Well, I guess it worked for Ducati last year.....

they said kawi had a lot of test time so im happy to see sykes figure out the tire thing. plus a kawi 2-3 that is nuts.

bmw must be putting all their effort into the CRTs.

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Old 07-23-2012, 08:55 PM   #4
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I doubt BMW will sustain but we'll see.

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Old 07-23-2012, 09:42 PM   #5
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I feel bad for Sykes, the dude keeps winning Tissot watches, and usually leads early. Then he falls off mid race and is done. But lately he's been in it until the end. Then Melandri passes him on the final lap! Gah!! Come on Tom!

And this is from a Ducati/Checa fan (and also an "Anybody but Biaggi" fan...) If Checa can't be the champ, then I'm rooting for Melandri and Sykes!
.....
Sykes for sure. While Biaggi is a douchebag in QP, Melandri's race aggressiveness may have him in the kitty litter again. I wouldn't be surprised to see him and Haslam off track again.
Biaggi's team screwed up QP by not going out on qualifiers, add in red flags during superpole putting him at a 14th grid position.

Good racing for sure, and Melandri's push of Haslam pretty much ended Haslam's career on a factory BM

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Old 07-24-2012, 06:19 AM   #6
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And what of the news that BMW is basically pulling out factory support, going with BMW Italia for next year? What's up with that? They start putting wins together and pull out? Well, I guess it worked for Ducati last year.....
they aren't pulling out of factory support...BMW Italia is VERY very good and works directly with BMW.

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BMW Motorrad Italia will take responsibility for the factory race and test team as well as for chassis development. BMW in Munich will be entirely responsible for developing the power train and electronics. This decision means that BMW Motorrad will continue to operate as a fully integrated team in the World Championship for near-production road motorcycles. Team name, team management positions and rider line-up for 2013 will be announced later.

Stephan Schaller, Head of BMW Motorrad, said: “Our decision represents a commitment by BMW Motorrad to motor sports. We have developed this commitment from a position of strength. The Superbike World Championship will continue to be the right platform for BMW Motorrad next year to demonstrate our expertise as a manufacturer of sports motorcycles in close proximity to customers. The new structure with the focus on one racing team is lean and efficient, the concept is targeted and logical. We are looking forward to being in a position to develop the existing structures in Munich and Milan.”
so yeah, there will be one less BMW team on the grid, but the BMW Italia team IS the factory team next year.

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Old 07-24-2012, 08:03 AM   #7
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Very similar to what American Honda did in AMA years back. They took over the team from HRC, but still used many HRC parts. Actually American Honda kinda got the shaft from HRC.
At least BMW Italia has the factory building/developing the engines/electronics - the two biggest expenses.

Sykes could be unstoppable if he could just maintain the pace and not shag tires. Looks like their testing has improved the situation, but just not quite enough.

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Old 07-24-2012, 08:59 PM   #8
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Sykes could be unstoppable if he could just maintain the pace and not shag tires. Looks like their testing has improved the situation, but just not quite enough.
They'll get there, this is the exact problem BMW had at first, fast as hell, but couldn't keep the grip on the last few laps. I remember seeing Corser backing it in through every turn, it was scary.

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