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James Toseland confirmed at BMW for 2011 World Superbike season.

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Darkwaknight

October 28, 2010 9:19 PM
Last Edited 1522 days ago

Badovini was a force this year in SS100's winning Every race, the entire season he white washed the field.

I think IF he gells with the big step up of electronics/Setting/susp etc he could do well, JT will certainly have no easier task with Badivini as a teammate from crutchlow this year (although he had his measure until Silverstone when Crutchlow broke his duck and JT felt more pressure/loss of love with Yamaha/Jarvis et al!!)

Raw CE probably did not get promoted as Honda knew like everyone he only won cause Haga took some cough medicine!! Still bonkers now!!

henry - Unregistered

October 28, 2010 9:24 PM

knopv, of copurse its more than possible that Badovini might beat JT. As you said, he has a year under his belt on the BMW, albeit in superstock form but the charactistics will be similar. He also has a year under his belt with this team, which is a huge posative for any rider.

Although admittedly id like to see JT out perform badovini, but i personally think they will have similar results. Badovini's confidence must be sky high after his dominating season in superstock!

But like Biaggi, we know he had the best bike by far (far better than even camiers by his own admissions) so with badovini, was it the bike, or the rider? Who knows?

Good luck to both i say!

knopv

October 28, 2010 9:33 PM

@ henry
might be both, but don't forget that the 2. STK BMW Italia bike came in 13th. So the rider isn't bad at all. And he was in SBK on Kawa in 2008.
But you are right good luck to all of them...

SUZOOK - Unregistered

October 28, 2010 9:54 PM

The BMW effort will also improve in 2011. They will better their results of 2010 but won't smell the championship.In fact, Haslam won't come near to replicating the second place that he achieved in the championship aboard the "under-developed" Gixxer.Corser & Haslam will find podium finishes very hard to come by and will probably finish in the top six-ten positions fairly regularly.My favourites for the title are Biaggi (Aprilia),Rea (Honda) & Checa (Ducati).The R1's will also spring a few surprises along the way. And let us not discount Fabrizio aboard the lone Gixxer. This bike is still fast enough to leave many of the "so called" factory supported bikes in its wake. I won't be at all surprised if Michele secures a couple of wins along the way...

chiby - Unregistered

October 28, 2010 10:14 PM

suzook.... i have to disagree, i would certainly not bet against BMW getting their maiden race win in 2011. And i have to disagree with your opinion that Rea will be a titel contender, im sorry but Rea does not have a championship in him at all. He needs to become consistent and i just dont hink he has that in him.

Yes Rea has the speed, but he doesnt have the consistency. Speed wins races, consistency wins championships.

henry - Unregistered

October 28, 2010 10:17 PM

Hey i have to say, i class myself as pretty knowledgable in motorsport, but im highly embarrassed to discover that Badovini was actually in WSB in 2008. I was not even aware of this, i didnt think he'd been there before, and then gone back to superstock. He didnt have a great year finishing 24th, but he was on a kawasaki so...?

I do however think its his time to shine in WSB in 2011. Yes toseland will have his work cut out for sure.

Its going to be an exciting season thats for sure!

stewieT - Unregistered

October 28, 2010 10:25 PM

Yeah got to agree with you chiby. EVERY year Rea gets tipped for a title and EVERY year he throws himself down the road too much and wrecks his challenge. He was supposed to be a contender this year and he did the same again.

I reckon Biaggi vs Checa vs Laverty for the title, with Rea winning and binning again in equal measure.

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