MotoGP » BMW boss indicates MotoGP plans


"Once we win in Superbike we will move onto bigger and better things" - BMW Motorrad president Hendrik von Kuenheim.

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A.S. - Unregistered

March 16, 2012 1:37 PM

That's how BMW behaves:

1. Screw BMW Sauber F1 project.
2. Screw Mini WRC project.
2.5 DTM, DTM, DTM!
3. Screw Superbike project.
4. Start MotoGP project.
5. Screw MotoGP project.
6. Screw DTM, maybe we try F1?

E - Unregistered

March 16, 2012 1:46 PM

At least it'd be another factory team on the grid. And I do think if CRT proves anyway positive aprilia will surely have a factory team next year.
Suzuki and Kawasaki should of been forced to put in a credible CRT entry to keep on top of motogp developments so we can eventually return to full factory competition. Credit to Honda, Yamaha and Ducati for keeping it all going.

pcxmac - Unregistered

March 16, 2012 1:48 PM

They have a good shot with Melandri, they just need to figure out how to make the tires last. Too bad they are restricted to one make of tire, otherwise it might look a lot different in WSBK.

ChakDeyPhatay - Unregistered

March 16, 2012 1:53 PM

BMW have been trying to improve their image for a while by associating their brand with MotoGP racing, like the M Power banners at races.

This would suggest that they feel their brand image is lacking the requisite kahunas and hence the desire to fully participate rather than borrow said testiculos for their image.

Would be good to have BMW bikes on the MotoGP grid to improve the numbers whether directly or in partnership via CRT as an engine supplier.

Nick636

March 16, 2012 1:55 PM

True A.s.

But at the same time, the prospect of another manufacturer willing to consider MotoGP is comforting. Specially if Suzuki are serious about re-joining in 2013. MAYBE the renewed interest could POSSIBLY entice the "Other Two" to make a move too?

Though I am getting ahead of myself. Let's just hope it happens.

Jon

March 16, 2012 1:57 PM

Remember that CRT bike engines don't have to be production derived, they just have to be able to be 'claimed' for the agreed sum.
If BMW want to churn out some awesome 250bhp CRT spec engines for 20k (or whatever it is) which private teams can then buy, then best of luck to them.

I'm sure as part of the deal BMW will offer some help to the teams using their engines in exchange for development data/feedback. It's close to the line, but far from crossing it.

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