BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team launched in Munich.

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Munich, 4th February 2013. The European winter break is drawing to an  end, the countdown is on to the 2013 FIM Superbike World Championship,  and the BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team is under starter’s orders. With  just three weeks to go until the season-opener in Phillip Island,  Australia, the realigned BMW Motorrad works team was presented to the  public in Munich (GER) on Monday.

The international media launch took  place in the Double Cone building at BMW Welt near the BMW Group’s headquarters.

BMW Motorrad Italia is now responsible for the works team’s race and  test outings, as well as work on the chassis. The power train and  electronics are developed by BMW Motorrad in Munich. Marco Melandri  (ITA) lines up in his second season as a BMW Motorrad works rider  alongside his new team-mate Chaz Davies (GBR). As General Manager BMW  Motorrad WSBK, Andrea Buzzoni is the man with overall responsibility  for the Superbike project. Stephan Fischer, Technical Director BMW  Motorrad Motorsport, is in charge of motorsport development at BMW  Motorrad. Serafino Foti is Sport Director of the BMW Motorrad GoldBet  SBK Team, while Andrea Dosoli is responsible for technical issues  within the Superbike team as Technical Director. As title sponsor,  GoldBet is an important partner of the team.

“Motorsport will once again play a major role for BMW Motorrad this  year,” said Stephan Schaller, President of BMW Motorrad, at the  official launch. “2012 was by far our most successful season to date  in the FIM Superbike World Championship. With six wins, 18 podiums,  six fastest laps, the second place overall in the Manufacturers’  Championship and the title win in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup, BMW  Motorrad established itself as one of the top teams in the series.  With this strong position as a basis, we have realigned our works  commitment for the coming season. I am more than confident that we can  achieve our goals with the new structure, experienced team management,  and works riders Marco Melandri and Chaz Davies. These goals are to  firmly establish ourselves among the top teams at the pinnacle of  production-based motorsport in the long term, and to claim as many  wins and podiums as possible.”

“We are looking to follow on from the success BMW Motorrad achieved  last season,” explained Andrea Buzzoni, General Manager BMW Motorrad  WSBK. “The various parts in the restructured team became attuned to  one another very quickly. Two very experienced teams, which have  already shown in the past just how strong and professional they are,  have merged into one team. In order to be successful, however, you  also need good riders and an outstanding bike – and we have them in  the form of Marco, Chaz and the BMW S 1000 RR. Another important  ‘ingredient’ is the speed. The speed, which is one of the most  important factors on track, is also essential for the work of the  team: to react and act fast is crucial to reach the target and to be competitive.”

Works rider Marco Melandri played a major role in the success of BMW  Motorrad last year. “Going into the season we certainly didn’t expect  to pick up six wins and be in contention for the title right down to  the final race. This year I am primarily looking to improve my own  performances. I don’t want to make the same mistakes as I did in 2012,  and want to make the podium more consistently,” said the Italian,  outlining his goals for the 2013 FIM Superbike World Championship.

Britain’s Chaz Davies is in his first season as a BMW Motorrad works  rider. “This is a big step for me, as it is the first time I have been  directly involved in a works project. That means an awful lot to me,”  said the 2011 Supersport World Champion. “I am very proud, as it is  not just any works team, but BMW – a powerful brand. I want to take  full advantage of this opportunity. My goal is to continue improving,  become more consistent, and end the season in the top five.”

The BMW S 1000 RR was further developed over the winter and improved  in all areas. “To be victorious, you need a bike that combines many  different factors in one perfect overall package,” said Stephan  Fischer, Technical Director BMW Motorrad Motorsport. “Engine,  electronics, chassis, set-up – all these factors must interact  optimally – optimally meaning that the overall package is perfectly  tailored to the needs of the rider. Our job is to provide our riders  with an individually optimised bike, which allows them to perform to  the best of their ability on every track and in any conditions.”  Regulations stipulate that 17-inch wheels are to be used in the FIM  Superbike World Championship as of this season. The conversion to the  new wheel size played a major role in the development work for 2013.  It required modifications to every area of the bike, to the chassis,  the electronics, the engine and the entire set-up.

In developing the bike, the team in Italy and the R&D department  at BMW Motorrad in Munich work hand in hand. “Our close cooperation is  the key to have a competitive package”, explained Andrea Dosoli,  Technical Director of the BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team. “We are one  team and we have a continuous information flow. The bike is a complex  package, any change to the engine or the electronics has an impact on  the chassis and vice versa. My role is to steer the information flow.  We plan the development process according to the riders’ feedback and  requests as well as to the current competitive situation.”

“I am confident that the restructured team has the skill and know-how  required in order to establish BMW Motorrad as one of the top teams  and to achieve the goals we have set ourselves,” said Serafino Foti,  Sport Director of the BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team, at the launch. “I  am also delighted to have two top riders like Marco and Chaz in the  team. Marco has shown what a huge talent he is, and he is one of the  best riders in the world. Chaz has also shown just how quick he is by  winning the 2011 Supersport World Championship. He also claimed his  first win in the Superbike World Championship during his debut season  in 2012.”

BMW Motorrad is also continuing its successful involvement in the FIM  Superstock 1000 Cup, in which the team won the title in both 2010 and  2012. Reigning champion Sylvain Barrier (FRA) lines up in his third  season with the team. His new team-mate is Greg Gildenhuys (RSA), who  recently won the South African Superbike Championship three times in a row.

BMW Motorrad’s clear objective in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup is to  defend its title. “We know that it will be a big task to defend the  title in such a fiercely-competitive championship. However, I am  confident that we can achieve this goal with the overall package we  have at BMW Motorrad,” said Sylvain Barrier. His new team-mate Greg  Gildenhuys added: “I am already looking forward to the next chapter in  my career. I would like to thank BMW Motorrad for this opportunity to  ride on the international stage and will be out to repay the faith  they have put in me, in the form of good results.”

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