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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March 16, 2012 2:00 PM

re: "um, isn't this against the CRT rules? I thought CRT's could not get support from a manufacturer."

i think he means support in the sense that they (bmw) currently ALLOW and endorse the use of their engine. don't give 'em what they want, and rest assured their engine goes bye-bye.

AJS - Unregistered

March 16, 2012 2:02 PM

BMW Motorrad president Hendrik von Kuenheim has indicated that the German brand will move into MotoGP once it wins races in the World Superbike Championship.

That'll be a while then.


March 16, 2012 2:14 PM



And this is why it is important to build up independent teams like Gresini, Tech 3, Aspar, etc.

F1 learn that you can't rely on manufacturers - they come and go. Honda, BMW, and Toyota all pulled out of F1 hence Bernie had a renewed focus on the independent teams. Hell, F1 basically survived through the 70's with independent teams with Ford engines because of a lack of manufactures.

Kawasaki and Aprilia have jumped in and out of MotoGP a couple of teams and so will other manufactures. Ducati follow Suzuki out the door next if they are bought by an owner who doesn't see the ROI of MotoGP. For the health of the series, independent teams need to be looked out for because MotoGP is their business and not manufacturing and selling bikes.

morpheus - Unregistered

March 16, 2012 2:16 PM

The article clearly stated....BMW "will move into MotoGP once it wins races in the World Superbike Championship." Look at it from this point of view. They get to be in MotoGP without being in MotoGP all the while having a promising potential to do very well this year in WSBK. But I have to say that I am happy that no one made this a Rossi and Stoner debate!


March 16, 2012 2:17 PM

re: "Remember that CRT bike engines don't have to be production derived"

and for the love o' god, will you guys please stop saying this. even if true, this will NEVER happen in practice so the issue is moot. IT'S A NON-STARTER...!!! if we don't leave "fantasy" to the world of harry potter, dungeons & dragons, and video games we're going to be here all day.


March 16, 2012 2:21 PM

BMW will joint MotoGP as engine supplier to private teams, and maybe supplying gear box and engine management too...As I mentioned in my earlier post, BMW will not produce its own chassis but more on motors supplier

domesystem - Unregistered

March 16, 2012 2:25 PM

Perfectly suited? Who else runs a screamer in gp? There's only one MAYBE two factory engines well suited to gp: aprilia's v4 and yamaha's crossplane if you put a ton of machine work in to fix the balance. And don't get me started on that chatterbox suter chassis, there's a reason folks are running from them in m2 and lack of power ain't it


March 16, 2012 2:28 PM

re: "For the health of the series, independent teams need to be looked out for because MotoGP is their business"


the term "independent team" is a misonomer (ie. a fantasy). the only way they will ever have "independence" is when they start producing their own engines (which of course none of them do). see entry for kenny roberts/modenas.

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