MotoGP CYT - Tech3 Barcelona test day 3


Edwards drives away in new car after Catalunya success

Spain, Circuit de Catalunya

Camel Yamaha Team rider Colin Edwards clinched the first MotoGP accolade of 2006 as he charged through treacherously wet conditions at the Catalunya Circuit to the fastest time of the 40-minute MotoGP Official Practice and the prize of a brand new car. After a brief appearance in this morning's dry free practice, Edwards emerged with a string of fast laps at the end of the afternoon session to usurp his otherwise dominant team-mate Valentino Rossi, who was unable to respond with a late effort of his own after a falling whilst leading the time sheets on his twelfth lap.

Two fourths for Haga in Australia


WSB : Two fourths for Haga in Australia
Round: 2 - Australia
Circuit: Phillip Island
Date: 5 March 2006
Crowd: 55000
Temp: 25ºC
Weather: Sunny

Yamaha Motor Italia rider Noriyuki Haga battled traction problems to grab a brace of fourth places at round two of the Superbike World Championship at the Phillip Island circuit in Australia.

The popular Japanese rider rode hard in the day's two 22-lap races to score 26 valuable points over the two races. Haga had run at the front of the day's opening race but faded when his rear traction reduced at around half-distance. Despite running a somewhat lonely fifth for most of the race, the 31-year-old continued to ride hard to pass a fading Troy Bayliss (Ducati) and fend off a late charge from Roberto Rolfo (Ducati). Race two saw Haga make some further suspension changes to lead a thrilling battle at the front with Bayliss, James Toseland (Honda), Alex Barros (Honda), Troy Corser (Suzuki) and Yamaha Motor Italia team-mate Andrew Pitt. A nasty crash for Corser saw the Yamaha riders take avoiding action and let Bayliss and Toseland build a gap. The Yamaha pair was able to stay in touch with Barros in the battle for third but the lack of traction saw them settle for fourth and fifth place at the flag.

Second row for Yamaha Motor Italia pairing


WSB : Second row for Yamaha Motor Italia pairing
Round: 2 - Australia
Circuit: Phillip Island
Date: 4 March 2006
Temp: 37ºC
Weather: Sunny

Yamaha Motor Italia duo Andrew Pitt and Noriyuki Haga bagged second row starts during today's superpole qualifying session for round two of the Superbike World Championship at Phillip Island in Australia.

Having ended combined qualifying with Haga third and Pitt sixth, the pairing was a little disappointed at being unable to maintain their positions on the soft tyres used for superpole but satisfied with their performances in race trim.

After struggling to find a good balance for his R1 in yesterday's opening qualifying session, Pitt's crew completely revised the machine's settings for today's practice. Their work paid dividends with the Australian carving a massive 1.3 seconds from his Friday time in the Saturday afternoon, lifting him from 16th to sixth in the timesheets with a 1:33.567 lap time. However, on his grid deciding superpole lap, Pitt was one of the few riders not to better his time from the two one-hour sessions, losing one place with a fractionally slower 1:33.598.

MotoGP CYT Barcelona test day 2


Yamaha men continue to dominate on second day at Catalunya

Camel Yamaha Team rider Valentino Rossi clocked the fastest time once again on the second day of MotoGP Official Test at the Catalunya Circuit in Spain, after another encouraging session for Yamaha. With Rossi again setting the pace for much of the day, closely followed by his team-mate Colin Edwards, the pair took advantage of the warm afternoon conditions to continue to run through their pre-season testing programme at an impressive rate.

Edwards ended the day with the fourth fastest time after briefly leading the time sheets in the closing stages, shaving seven tenths of a second off his best time from yesterday and making continued progress with the race set-up of his YZR-M1 machine. Rossi lapped 1.2 seconds faster than he had managed yesterday, closing in on lap record time as both riders prepare an assault on tomorrow's timed 40-minute session, which will reward the fastest lap with the prize of a new car.

Thundering flat twins in the snow - snow speedhill with the HP2 Enduro


At the Erzberg Race in Styria/Austria, the Finn Simo Kirssi and stunt world champion Christian Pfeiffer demonstrated the potential of the BMW HP2 Enduro in the summer of 2005. Finishing 1st and 5th respectively, they caused a stir in the legendary Prolog rankings of the off-road spectacle, captivating spectators and BMW fans alike. Now the two top BMW riders are set to prove they are up to the task on snow too. Up against 58 enduro competitors, the BMW riders will line up for the first Snow Speedhill on March 4th 2006 on BMW HP2s which are largely equivalent to serial production machines.

BMW Motorrad technology bearer for highly dynamic systems


As part of research activities on future regulation systems, a motorcycle test vehicle has been created under the umbrella of BMW Group research and technology. This vehicle has a very high engine output and lightweight construction technology and is designed to test highly dynamic processes in engine and driving dynamics management under extreme conditions.

BMW Head of Development Prof. Burkhard Göschel said that the choice of a motorcycle to study fundamental technological developments was due to the very interesting challenges relating to the special driving dynamics of motorcycles and their tilted position: "The dynamics of powerful motorcycles operating at the physical limits are among the most complex phenomena in the field at the current time. For our engineers this is a highly sophisticated and at the same time fascinating task." Additional considerations are the special motorcycle requirements in terms of lightweight construction and aerodynamics, which are also to be subjected to research at threshold level. The Director of BMW Motorrad, Dr. Herbert Diess, sees in these BMW research activities valuable impulses for serial development and emphasises: "Regulation systems for longitudinal dynamics such as drive-slip control will be introduced for powerful motorcycles in serial production in the years to come. In addition to ABS they will form part of an integrated concept to increase active safety."

BMW HP2 Enduro scores best North American finish to date


BMW Motorrad's New High Performance Brand Finishes On Podium In Two Classes.

Woodcliff Lake, NJ - November 23, 2005... A pair of BMW HP2 Enduro motorcycles finished 3rd in their respective classes. The No. 12x BMW HP2 Enduro of BMW Motorrad Team Baja Bound scored a third-place finish in the top-ranked Class 22 (Open Class) in this past weekend's 38th SCORE Tecate Baja 1000. The second factory-supported HP2 Enduro of BMW Motorrad Team Mexico, finished third in Class 30 for riders over 30 years old. The final results were the best finish in the race by any European manufacturer.

The podium finish in class 22 for BMW Team Baja Bound was the best North American finish for the factory-supported HP2 team led by veteran off-road specialist Jimmy Lewis, of Costa Mesa, Calif. Joined by riders Dave Donatoni, of Thousand Oaks, Calif., Jonah Street, of Ellensburg, Wash., and Beau Hayden, of Sunland, Calif. the West Coast quartet covered the rigorous 709-mile course running through the rugged Baja peninsula in 20:57.43 hours, finishing 14th overall among the 41 motorcycles entered in the race.

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