EXCLUSIVE Andrea Buzzoni (BMW) - Q&A

At the beginning of this year I didn't start with the atmosphere I wanted because of the merged structure but now the integration of the team components is fantastic and from this point view the decision is a real pity. It's been a very positive experience though.
How about the staff and mechanics?

Andrea Buzzoni:
The race environment doesn't offer the same stability as other environments and the staff will have to find and follow new projects. They are employed by Feel Racing though and I'm very confident that they'll be successful as they are some of the best in the paddock. I'm confident that with their track record, Feel Racing will have something arranged for next year. Our two riders contracts both run out at the end of the year.
Do you know the situation with Marco and Chaz's rides for next year?

Andrea Buzzoni:
No. They only received the telephone call from me recently. It was a difficult call to make. They may have had doubts but I think it was a surprise for them and most people. They're now starting to look. I'm not doing anything officially, but unofficially I will do what I can for the sake of our relationship
What will happen as regards BMW in Superstock or other series such as BSB?

Andrea Buzzoni:
Superstock we have to see as next year could be the last year of Superstock anyway due to the changes. For series such as BSB there will still be a motorcycle sport division at BMW and we'll seek to cater for what BMW call customer sport. Customer sport would mean all national championships. How exactly that's going to happen I'm not sure, but probably there'll be central technical support with maybe local contact points.
Are you aware of which changes Dorna are going to make?

Andrea Buzzoni:
When you change things people tend to be scared, but I see no negative aspects to them. Let's be clear, a WSBK bike isn't a production machine, it's a prototype, and we're talking about 240bhp here so a Superbike has nothing to do with the production bike.

When BMW projected the S1000RR we wanted a bike to win on the market and we did it, and you can see how difficult it has been to go from a market winning bike to one that wins on the track. Other companies projected a bike for Superbikes and then derived the road bike. If you see the cost of going from a very successful road bike to winning on track you can see why the changes are necessary.

The question is 'Does the spectacular show of WSBK depend on horsepower?' and I believe the answer is 'No'. Likewise, if you ask 'Does the spectacular show of WSBK depend on electronics?', I would also say 'No'. Look at British Superbikes, that's a great show. The concept works.

The Dorna plans are not similar, but have some relationship to BSB - you'll have 200 or 205 horsepower and you'll have the stock engine and electronics. The difference between Marco Melandri (Superbike) and Sylvain Barrier (Superstock) is more or less two seconds - 0.8 is probably just the tyre, the difference between Superbike and Superstock if you use the Superstock engine and electronics is probably just 0.5 seconds and the cost of the 0.5 is embarrassing!

From what I know, the new regulations should be Superstock engine and electronics with a free chassis and Superbike tyres, though that still has to be confirmed.
Thanks a lot Andrea.

Andrea Buzzoni:
It's a pleasure.

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August 06, 2013 7:27 PM

Interesting that a guy IN the know and IN the series says that ultimate horsepower and electronics is NOT required for great racing, and cites BSB as the example. I've said these same things on here, and people go off on one that it'd be sacrilege to rein the bikes in a bit! Thing is... what Andrea says is true - and not JUST for WSBK but for MotoGP too. But don't look for any sense arriving there. It does look like Superstock 1000 will become superfluous though. Mind you - if that resulted in a larger WSBK grid with even more strong competition and teams from the 2 - who'd really mind? All sounds good to me - less factory, more independence, less electronics. I'm still waiting though for Dorna to make a royal hash of the regs so its another MotoGP mess though.


August 05, 2013 10:01 AM

As the guy says, WSB is not production based but prototype and this was not it's intended purpose. It should be much nearer to road bikes though reading his beliefs of the direction does not make happy reading: stock engine and electronics with open chassis! Surely, the first and foremost fundamental should be a standard chassis. With this standard electronics is a great idea as will please manufacturers (purpose to race for this new development area) and benefit customers (standard stuff will be great) and improve racing (no more GPS traction control etc...). Then I think the class needs some performance balancing (like bsb?) so all road bikes don't end up revvy idiotic machines- though, I'm not certain this part is essential. Then have any further homologated parts (therefore available to the general public, perhaps even for a set cost to stop silly money being spent) only permitted that are bolt-ons. With all this, any team (or individual for that matter) can buy and build a

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