WSBK » BMW team manager: We can end on a high note

BMW GoldBet Motorrad manager Andrea Buzzoni says he is 'sorry' for BMW's decision to pull out of World Superbikes but is certain it won't demotivate his team.

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July 25, 2013 9:36 AM
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Not only do I agree with the above, but further to my comment yesterday, this make a mockery of the teams who have to scratch a claw to get anywhere......your Pedercini's of this world etc.......teams who are properly passionate about their sport and have a long term commitment........they dont get the results they want, but they stick around and they TRY..........BMW, you should be ashamed to call yourself a motorsport company........


July 25, 2013 9:45 AM

Hopefully feel racing stays in the series the move from two teams to one was cause the Italian team could attract sponsors and BMW just cashed in on that and probably took a big fat cheque from Goldbet while scaling down there operation in the process.


July 25, 2013 1:16 PM

Everyone seems to be concerned if a Mfr leaves a series.

I'd like to see ALL factory teams out of motorsport.

Dorna will ruin WSBK, cos they are already lining up the same lunatic rules menu for WSBK that has turned MotoGP into a soap opera circus where only the fat walleted Factory entrants have a prayer.

IF though.. Keep it all private teams and restricted rules and tech so that its a level playing field. Then watch the growth of team entries with sponsors wanting to be involved in international racing, with a fair shot of being competitive.

The teams will use the bikes and deals they can get, and things like spec ECU's and capped electronics and careful rules settings can make it properly competitive, with the best riders actually RACING each other on similar kit.

BSB manage this well - imagine this with THE best in the world, on International famous circuits!


July 25, 2013 1:18 PM

I wish people would STOP with believing all the hype that a series is poorer without Factory Teams.

Ever stopped to think and ask WHY?

Think about it. If a promotor got through all the red tape and organised a race or series where ALL the top guys in bikesport were all on Moto2 bikes for a dust-up..... they could sell every ticket and TV right no problem. Fans would LOVE to see a proper competition like that.

The proof? Just look at the old Paris Bercy out-of-season kart races with F1 and bike stars, and so on. They are all a sell-out success.

Fans want to see top TALENT race hard and fair n square and WHAT they race with or on is less important.

Unless of course - you're a Factory Mfr Team.


July 25, 2013 2:04 PM


Very valid point. I dont think the machinery is the issue here. Its the complete lack of commitment when they had something competitive regardless of the badge, remember, its a team sport, without a decent mechanic/machine combo, a decent rider would be nowhere. A rider accounts for a lot of the performance, but he needs a bike thats somewhere near the pace.

Plus, dont you think its just nice to see 6 or 7 actual manufacturers scrapping..........with all their money and expertise.


July 25, 2013 3:04 PM

Bummer. Just when BMW is becoming formidable. It's not like BMW cannot afford to stay in WSBK. Melandri could easily take Guitoli's seat. Davies too. Let's hope Yamaha re-enters WSBK and both those guy's get rides, as they both have past success with Yamaha.


July 25, 2013 3:28 PM

@ Roundiniho "dont you think its just nice to see 6 or 7 actual manufacturers scrapping..........with all their money and expertise."

Yes, I do. And WSBK (and BSB) has been delivering much more of that than MotoGP, which is (at best) a Honda / Yamaha benefit with 2 bikes each in the frame (at least till Yam run out of motors!).

BUT.... I'd far rather see a field of say 24 well-turned out and sponsored professional private teams, with decent kit and top riders on a level playing field, who can use the Mfr engine of choice and be independent so you have proper, competitive racing every Sunday. Which you will NEVER have with Factory Teams and Dorna's mismanagement IMO.

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