WSBK » BMW – Mid-term report

With seven rounds of the 2011 World Superbike Championship completed, takes a look at how the seven manufacturers have fared thus far. Next up, BMW.

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July 06, 2011 4:29 PM

Sorry, but for all the full factory effort and money BMW puts into this effort they get a grade of "F" for results.

BMW talks a great game and has wonderful things to say about their bikes in press releases but they can't even contend for podiums. Haslam would be at least fighting for regular podiums on the unsupported Suzuki and maybe even fighting for wins again.


July 07, 2011 9:41 AM

I wonder if they have done a Cube, an Aprilia Cube mistake. Basically the Cube was 3x cylinders of a Cosworth F1 engine.

The BMW has a power curve unlike any of it's rivals due to a bore (piston) size the largest of the fours. Maybe they need to detune the engine. Make some more mid end grunt and drive.

Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

July 07, 2011 4:26 PM

The electronics obviously has something to do with the under performance - BMW chose to develop their own instead of using Magneti Marelli like the other teams.

Maybe the problem is also the team personnel - Corser says his electronics technician comes from a car background and has no bike experience. Contrast that with Badovini who has a crew made up of ex Xerox Ducati technicians.

Zane - Unregistered

July 08, 2011 2:43 PM

The BMW's a great bike and have 2 very good riders! The big problem is the electronics! Everybody except BMW knows this! Until they admit defeat (History tells us that could be a while!)they will not be winning anything soon!

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