World Superbike: Race 1 Results From Monza

eugene_laverty_monzaIt was a good day for the Irishman at the Italian track. Eugene Laverty claimed his maiden World Superbike victory today, beating out Max Biaggi and Leon Haslam.

Laverty would be challenged by Biaggi at the beginning of the race, but the Yamaha rider would eventually pull away to take the win by more than two seconds.

Laverty got off to a good start, and battled with Biaggi throughout the first half of the race. Biaggi had the advantage heading down the long straights, but Laverty was able to reclaim some track during the turns.

The stare down between the two riders lasted until there were 7 laps remaining. Biaggi blinked and made a mistake, giving Laverty some much needed space up top. Biaggi would be able to recover to claim second place, but his chance for the race win was gone.

Behind the top two riders, Leon Haslam and Marco Melandri battled for third. But in the end it was the BMW that climbed up to the podium.

Season leader Carlos Checa was able to limit the damage done by Biaggi’s second place finish by claiming a top 10 finish of his own. Checa was able to claim 9th place today, an improvement from what he showed during qualifying.

World Superbike – Race Results – Monza

  1. Eugene Laverty (Yamaha World Superbike Team) 31’09.584
  2. Max Biaggi (Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team) 31’11.159
  3. Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) 31’12.662
  4. Marco Melandri (Yamaha World Superbike Team) 31’12.839
  5. Michel Fabrizio (Team Suzuki Alstare) 31’21.396
  6. Jonathan Rea (Castrol Honda) 31’21.955
  7. Troy Corser (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) 31’22.864
  8. Leon Camier (Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team) 31’27.003
  9. Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) 31’27.153
  10. Jakub Smrz (Team Effenbert-Liberty Racing) 31’28.004

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BMW Produces its 2 Millionth Motorcycle in Berlin

2_million_bmwBMW’s factory in Berlin has been around since 1969 and the legendary plant has just produced its two millionth motorcycle. BMW celebrated the milestone motorcycle, an R1200GS, with a special ceremony that was attended by Governing Mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit, and other special guests.

Stunt man Chris Pfeiffer unveiled the R1200GS earlier today to a VIP crowd in Berlin.

“I’m really proud to present the two millionth BMW motorcycle here today. I have a really busy schedule but this kind of thing doesn’t happen every day so I really wanted to be here,” Pfeiffer said.

After the presentation, Pfeiffer took the his BMW F800 R into the parking lot to do a series of burnouts, burning “2,000,000” into the pavement with rubber.

“BMW has always remained loyal to Berlin when others left the city,” said the Governing Mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit. “Together, BMW and Berlin have been through thick and thin and we will continue to do that successfully. With this generous donation of a special R 1200 GS and its involvement in the ‘be Berlin’ campaign, BMW is supporting our aim to improve Berlin’s perception as an attractive, innovative and future-oriented city.”

In 1969 when the BMW factory opened, the German company produced 12,000 motorcycles. BMW has grown considerably since then, and now produces about 510 motorcycles a day. In 2010, BMW produced 97,076 machines, and the company continues to grow.

“Berlin will remain the heart of BMW’s motorcycle manufacture,” said Hermann Bohrer, Head of the BMW factory in Berlin. “We are investing about 30 million Euros in our factory per annum to continue to be competitive and in front.”

Here’s a video of the celebration at BMW.

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BMW’s New Adaptive Headlight

BMw_LightWe were the very first out of the gate of the U.S Journalists to test the BMW Adaptive Headlight Technology.

It was 9.30 on Wednesday the 29th of April 2011 when the first US journalists rolled out of Barnsley Gardens in Georgia to test the new Adaptive Headlight Technology on the new BMW K1600 GT and GTL.

Have you ever gone barreling into a corner at night to suddenly find the edge of the road disappears? Have you ever found yourself looking into darkness to try and figure out where the exit to the corner is? Well not anymore if you ride the new BMW K1600GT and GTL.

BMW’s Adaptive Headlight Technology allows the xenon headlight to adjust its range to fit the road conditions, and compensate for lean angle and brake dive or acceleration rise on the fly as you ride. It works so well that it’s like having a rally car cluster of super high wattage lights strapped on the front of the motorcycle.

I personally did a very quick 12 minute ride from the press launch venue to see first-hand how they would work. I had to be first out of the gate so that I had nothing in my way.

Over the course of my ride on the new BMW K1600GT, I discovered that its Adaptive Headlight Technology inspires confidence and allows clarity like no other motorcycle headlight I have ever ridden with before.

You can see exactly where you are going, and on low beam you can actually see the light moving to fill the black void that would normally hamper night time riding.

Sensors constantly monitor the bikes angle of lean and electronics control a mirror that swivels re-angling the headlight beam to compensate for this angle and light the way around the corner.

Believe me when I tell you it’s another first for BMW and there will be loads more great things to say about this new Luxury Tourer.

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Stunting: How to Surf Your Motorcycle

how_to_surfChris Pfeiffer has already shown us the wheelie and the stoppiee, and now he’s going to teach us how to surf. Pfeiffer, a four-time world motorcycle stunting champion, has been working with BMW on a series of short instructional videos based on his favorite tricks.

Here is the third part of the series: How to surf your motorcycle.

You can see Pfeiffer’s videos on how to do a wheelie and how to do a stoppie here.

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BMW Becomes First Manufacturer to Offer ABS On All 2012 Motorcycle Models

bmw_motorcycleWhether you ride an adventure bike, a tourer, or a sportbike, if it’s a BMW you can get it with antilock brakes. BMW will be the first motorcycle manufacturer to offer ABS as standard equipment on all of its 2012 motorcycle models.

“Plain and simple, being able to stop a motorcycle faster and more predictably helps prevent a rider from becoming a statistic,” said Pieter de Waal, Vice President, BMW Motorrad USA. “It’s time for all of us in the motorcycle industry to embrace the benefits of ABS. Extensive testing by safety experts, law enforcement authorities and journalists around the world consistently demonstrates that ABS reduces overall crashes and saves lives.”

Recent safety reports show that bikes with ABS are 37 percent less likely to be involved in a crash than a motorcycle without ABS.

“We commend BMW for taking the lead to improve motorcycle safety,” said David Strickland, Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “Motorcycle fatalities and injuries have been on an upward trend for the past ten years and ABS and other safety technologies can help reduce these tragedies.”

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says that there are numerous factors that contribute to motorcycle crashes, but poor braking, which is one of the key ingredients in a motorcycle crash, can be reconciled before a motorcycle takes to the road.

“I commend BMW for taking the lead in making ABS standard across the board,” said Adrian Lund, IIHS president. “Our research results show ABS on motorcycles saves lives, and riders are taking note, too. A recent survey found that a majority of riders said they would look for ABS on their next bikes.”

BMW has always been a pioneer of ABS. They were the first motorcycle manufacturer to provide ABS brakes in 1988, and now they offer a wide variety of ABS options to fit every bike in its 2012 lineup.

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