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MotoGP Prepares to Gird Up

Written by Lee McKenzie McKinnon on . Posted in Motor Sport, Motorcycle News, News

The Gran Premio Aperol di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini welcomes the MotoGP grid to Misano this coming weekend with the fight at the top of the premier class turning into a breath-taking spectacle with Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo and Repsol Honda Team’s Dani Pedrosa both on blistering form heading into this weekend.   With Pedrosa only 13-points adrift off his Spanish rival, he will undoubtedly be looking to claw back further points with only six races left in the season. Yet Lorenzo will have his say in the matter, having taken the win at Misano last year in dominant fashion.   Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner is still recovering from his ankle surgery two weeks ago, and will be replaced by SBK Ten Kate Honda rider Jonathan Rea of Northern Ireland. He has had a total of three test days on the Honda RC213V machine, and will he aiming to put on a good show in his first MotoGP outing.   Lorenzo’s teammate Ben Spies, who last time out had a weekend to forget, will be hoping for a trouble-free outing at the track, and get back to challenging for the podium. He will as usual face the challenge from Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow. The British rider not only took his first GP podium in Brno; he also topped the timesheets in the official test, making himself known as a serious threat at the Misano round. His Italian teammate will not wish to be beaten at his home round however, and will most certainly look to get the upper hand once more.   Ducati Team’s Valentino Rossi, who held a private test at the track two weeks ago, will be looking for a positive result at his local circuit, as he seeks to improve for a good finish to the season. His American teammate Nicky Hayden, who missed the last race due to injury, will be back for the Italian race. He has never finished a race there since joining the Ducati Team in 2008. The factory Ducati pair will be gunning to finish ahead of the satellite Hondas of Stefan Bradl and Álvaro Bautista.   LCR Honda MotoGP’s Bradl, who last week tested a factory RC213V, came second in the Moto2 race last year, and will be hoping to challenge for a podium at the team’s home race, albeit with his current satellite machine. San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Álvaro Bautista will however have the same intentions and is likely to try and spoil the party.   The satellite Ducati machines will be back at full strength once more with Pramac Racing Team’s Héctor Barberá returning to the frame after recovering from his fractured vertebra, and Cardion AB Racing’s Karel Abraham buoyed by his ninth place finish in Brno. T   he CRT contingent has undergone some changes since Brno, with Spaniard David Salom replacing Iván Silva in the Avintia Blusens team, and Came IodaRacing Project’s Danilo Petrucci lining up on a Suter-BMW machine. NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Colin Edwards will continue to race on his Suter bike, and will line up against the regular CRT grid of Power Electronics Aspar duo of Randy de Puniet and Aleix Espargaró, San Carlo’s Michele Pirro, Speed Master’s Mattia Pasini, Avintia’s Yonny Hernandez and Paul Bird Motorsport’s James Ellison.  

World Championship Standings MotoGP

SPA – Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha

245

SPA – Dani Pedrosa Honda

232

AUS – Casey Stoner Honda

186

ITA – Andrea Dovizioso Yamaha

150

GBR – Cal Crutchlow Yamaha

122

 

The Ultimate Power Suit

Written by Lee McKenzie McKinnon on . Posted in News

The highly anticipated new M Sport BMW is now available on the top selling 3 Series Sedan model. BMW’s M Sport Package enhances the dynamic character of the 3 Series with Sport suspension, that lowers the ride height by 10mm, 19” M light-alloy wheels, M aerodynamics package and BMW Individual High-Gloss Shadow Line which extends to the new 8 bar Kidney Grille. Additionally the interior receives a new M Sport leather steering wheel, Dakota leather upholstery, BMW Individual roofliner in Anthracite, M door sill trims, Aluminium interior trim with Estoril Blue or Black high-gloss highlights, sport seats, an instrument cluster with unique printing and two ambient light colour selections complete the package. If so desired the M Sport Package can be further enhanced with additional exclusive options such as Estoril Blue metallic paint, an M Sport Brake package as well as reduced pricing for the Adaptive M suspension compared to non-M Sport fitted models. BMW Group Australia Managing Director, Mr Phil Horton said the 3 Series range has always appealed as the most sporty luxury compact sedan on the market which is reinforced in the popularity of M Sport Package for this model. “With more than a quarter of all previous generation 3 Series sold in Australia being optioned with the M Sport Package it is clear that our customers place a premium on performance and sportiness,” said Mr Horton. “The 3 Series has always had the sporting edge in this class and the new M-Sport package epitomises that character,” he said. BMW 3 Series and M Sport Package pricing.
MRLP M Sport Package
318d $56,400 N/A
320i $57,600 $6,844
320d $60,900 $6,844
328i $64,900 $5,460
335i $91,400 $6,100 (incl. LCT)

BMW’s On a Power Trip

Written by Lee McKenzie McKinnon on . Posted in News

The stylish 6 Series range gains more appeal with BMW announcing the introduction of a more powerful and efficient new TwinPower Turbo V8 engine. The engine upgrade sees the Australian debut of the BMW 650i Gran Coupe alongside the updated 650i Coupe and 650i Convertible. BMW Group Australia Managing Director, Mr Phil Horton said the BMW 6 Series has an emotional appeal unlike any other BMW. “The 6 Series range combine striking good looks, opulent luxury and an enthralling drive,” said Mr Horton. “The range-topping V8 engine variant is without equal and is truly the pinnacle of prestige motoring in this class,” he said. The new generation 4.4-litre V8 engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo will now incorporate BMW’s VALVETRONIC variable valve control system. VALVETRONIC comprises fully variable valve lift control , which, when added to the double VANOS variable camshaft timing, High-Precision direct fuel injection system and twin turbochargers combine to develop an even more powerful, efficient and refined V8 power plant. The engine platform is kept from the previous engine; however as a result of the added features the engine incorporates a host of newly designed components including cylinder head, valve gear, crankshaft and turbo chargers. The new technology package results in maximum power output being increased by 10 per cent to 330 kW at 5,500 rpm and maximum torque of 650 Nm available between 2,000 and 4,500 rpm, up 50 Nm over its predecessor. This propels all 6 Series variants equipped with this engine from 0-100 km/h in just 4.6 seconds, nearly half a second quicker than the outgoing engine. Likewise, fuel economy and exhaust emissions are improved with identical figures of 8.9 l/100 kms and 206 g/km of CO2 for both of the 650i hard top variants, and 9.2 l/100 kms and 214 g/km of CO2 for the 650i Convertible. The new BMW 650i Gran Coupe joins the six-cylinder 640i in the range and comes similarly equipped to its V8-powered, two door stablemates with an extensive standard equipment list including Soft Close doors, 4-zone automatic climate control, Comfort Access, Comfort electric front seats with seat heating and ventilation, Professional Navigation and BMW’s 600 watt digitally processed HiFi System Professional with USB interface. Additionally the standard Adaptive LED Headlights, High Beam Assist, full colour Head Up Display and Surround View enable the highest level of safety by keeping the driver informed and aware whilst the Adaptive Drive, Dynamic Driving Control with ECO PRO mode, all combine to provide the engaging and dynamic driving experience you would expect from the “Ultimate Driving Machine”. BMW 6 Series Range pricing. MRLP* 650i Coupe                                  $231,800 650i Gran Coupe                          $238,800 650i Convertible                           $247,800

Maximum Pressure from Maxwell

Written by Lee McKenzie McKinnon on . Posted in Motor Sport, Motorcycle News, News

Polesitter Wayne Maxwell clean swept Sundays QBE Australian Superbike Championship races at Phillip Island, taking valuable points from title rival Josh Waters who was forced to settle for a pair of second places. The Team Honda rider made up 11 points on Waters, collecting the maximum haul available from round 6 and increasing the intensity in his race for a maiden ASBK championship. Despite starting from pole Maxwell didn’t have it all his own way, and it was Team Suzuki’s Ben Attard who blasted off the line to lead both of today’s races. Attard relinquished the lead to teammate Waters on both occasions, and faced further setback as he was penalised for a jump start in race 2. Behind them, Maxwell was chipping away at the riders in front and proved too quick and consistent for their defence in the latter stages. He made his move on race 1 leader Josh Waters in the closing laps, taking the win by 1.7 seconds. He crossed the line with a similar advantage in the second race which had previously been reduced by 2 laps due to a red flag incident. Maxwell has notched up 6 wins to date in 2012, with 5 of them coming at Phillip Island, including two clean sweeps. “The weekend couldn’t have gone any better, not only to get the clean sweep and 51 points, but to be able to set the fastest lap on the last lap of race 1 is a credit to the team and the way they have setup the Honda to use its tyres,” said Maxwell. “The team have been putting in so much work to pull back these points and now we’ll head to the final round to make one last push for the title. “It’s going to be a very tough ask but we’ll give it our best shot.” Waters was strong today but decided discretion was the better part of valour as Maxwell applied the blowtorch. “Once I got a gap over third I just did what I needed to do, Wayne was too strong in those last few laps and to come away with two second places isn’t too bad,” said Waters. “I knew I’d have to be riding at 110% to beat him and now I have to go back to Queensland Raceway and just try to bring it home. “It’s been wet there in races and we’ve had two rained out tests so who knows what we’ll be up against – hopefully it’s a dry weekend and we can get a lot of fans out there to watch the title get decided.” He will head to the final round needing to protect an advantage of 19.5 points to secure his second Australian Superbike Championship title. Team Honda’s Jamie Stauffer completed a carbon copy of race 1 and 2 podium results with a pair of third places. The two-time Champion admitted he didn’t have the pace displayed by the leaders today and was content to come away with two consistent finishes. “Wayne and Josh always do well here and they pretty much broke away in the last few laps to leave me with two third places,” said Stauffer. “I had a good battle with Glenn this afternoon and managed to get back by him which was important for our points. “Queensland Raceway seems to be the track I do the best at so hopefully we can go there and get back on the top step of the podium.” While he remains a theoretical title chance, Stauffer’s focus will be on holding off Procon Maxima BMW’s Glenn Allerton who he heads by just 2.5 points. Allerton finished fourth in both of today’s races to record fourth overall for the round. He also holds down fourth on the standings and will be looking to finish a challenging season on a high next month. Nicholas Waters and Linden Magee shared today’s Prostock wins, with both riders again factoring in the top 10 of the combined Superbike/Prostock field. Chas Hern delivered two podium finishes to maintain his lead of the class and will settle a season-long battle with Magee at Queensland Raceway. Team Suzuki’s Brodie Waters won both of today’s Motul Australian Supersport Championship races to close within half-a-point of Triumph’s Mitchell Carr on the leaderboard. Three riders waged war in a close battle for the win in both races. 0.131s was the greatest margin separating the top 3 riders at race end, with Team Honda’s Josh Hook taking third and second and Carr second and third. Hook took second overall for the round by virtue of a higher place in the second race, and is only 4.5 points shy of the lead with a round still to run. AUSTRALIAN SUPERBIKE C’SHIP at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. Rd 6: Races/Round/Championship Points Race 1 Superbike: W Maxwell (Honda) 19m02.049s 1, J Waters (Suzuki) 19m03.759s 2, J Stauffer (Honda) 19m10.326s 3, G Allerton (BMW) 19m13.323s 4, S Charlton (Suzuki) 19m13.457s 5, B Attard (Suzuki) 19m13.629s 6, R Bugden (Suzuki) 19m13.912s 7, B Henry (Suzuki) 19m34.776s 8, N Waters (Honda) 19m35.723s 9, L Magee (BMW) 19m37.234s 10. Race 2 Superbike: W Maxwell (Honda) 15m48.556s 1, J Waters (Suzuki) 15m50.721s 2, J Stauffer (Honda) 15m52.898s 3, G Allerton (BMW) 15m52.954s 4, R Bugden (Suzuki) 15m53.238s 5, B Attard (Suzuki) 16m04.209s 6, S Charlton (Suzuki) 16m04.926s 7, L Magee (BMW) 16m16.996s 8, C Hern (Suzuki) 16m17.335s 9, B Beaton (Suzuki) 16m26.020s 10. Round Points: W Maxwell (Honda) 51pts 1, J Waters (Suzuki) 40pts 2, J Stauffer (Honda) 36pts 3, G Allerton (BMW) 34pts 4, R Bugden (Suzuki) 30pts 5, B Attard (Suzuki) 30pts 6, S Charlton (Suzuki) 30 pts 7, J Phelan (Kawasaki) 24pts 8, B Hooke (Honda) 21pts 9, B Beaton (Suzuki) 13pts 10. Championship Points: J Waters (Suzuki) 247.5pts 1, W Maxwell (Honda) 228pts 2, J Stauffer (Honda) 200.5pts 3, G Allerton (BMW) 198pts 4, R Bugden (Suzuki) 180pts 5, B Attard (Suzuki) 178.5pts 6, S Charlton (Suzuki) 159pts 7, B Henry (Suzuki) 147.5pts 8, B Waters (Suzuki) 45pts 9, C Trounson (BMW) 26pts 10.

BMW’s HP4

Written by Lee McKenzie McKinnon on . Posted in Motorcycle News, News

BMW Motorrad has presented the lightest 4-cyliner supersports bike to the 1000cc class to date with the introduction of the HP4. Making its world premiere this year after the HP Enduro, HP2 Megamoto and HP2 Sport, the HP4 is the first 4-cylinder to join the HP family. The HP stands for high performance and the HP4 is no stranger to agility, power and riding dynamics. Being a BMW it also incorporates high-quality materials and intelligent technology with the attention to detail showing in design and build. The HP4 is based on the S 1000RR but offers more performance in a lighter chassis.The new motorcycle has an output of 142 kW and has a total weight of 169 kg dry weight including race ABS, 199 kg with 90 per cent full fuel with race ABS. BMW High Performance motorcycles are truly outstanding: exclusive and authentic, they will always remain relatively rare. This applies equally to the new BMW HP4. Each motorcycle is issued with its own HP4 serial number which is engraved indelibly in the upper fork bridge. Due to its extensive range of fittings and excellent set-up, the new HP4 is immediately ready for use on the race track, requiring no elaborate modifications. But at the same time it offers great potential for dynamic riding on country roads. Still, the HP4 is entirely uncompromising, combining athletic flair and riding dynamics at the very highest level – to an even greater extent than the S 1000 RR. The new HP4 reflects its status as a high-performance motorcycle in terms of its suspension system with a world first for serial production motorcycles: it is fitted as standard with Dynamic Damping Control DDC. This system allows dynamic damping adaptation of the upside-down fork and spring strut to the specific situation on the road. The damping is adapted to the current manoeuvre or road surface by means of sensor-supplied parameters via electrically controlled regulation valves. In this way, the HP4 offers optimum damping in every situation, handling long and short shocks virtually perfectly so as to provide maximum traction and safety. With the introduction of Race ABS in the S 1000 RR, BMW Motorrad underscored its pioneering role in the area of ABS. For the first time ever, an antilock brake system was consistently tailored to sporty needs. With the new race-oriented HP4, BMW Motorrad now takes the next step in this area. In keeping with the HP4 use profile of race track and dynamic country road riding, the new bike not only has Brembo monoblock brake calipers and 9x floating brake discs at the front but also a further developed and refined Race ABS. As before, this ABS has four different modes for wet surfaces (“Rain”), roads (“Sport”), race track with supersports tyres (“Race”) and race track with slicks (“Slick”). Racing experience gained from the IDM (International German Motorcycle Championship) has been fed directly into the Race ABS fitted in the HP4. In “Slick” mode, the so-called IDM setting with refined regulation impulses now gives the skilled rider the option of maximum possible deceleration. The HP4 uses a rear tyre in the new format 200/55 ZR 17. The Dynamic Traction Control DTC already used in the RR has been optimized for supersports use in the HP4: now the effect of traction control can be adapted in “Slick” mode to changing conditions and the rider’s individual preference while on the move. The HP4 is the first BMW motorcycle to have a so-called Launch Control function which provides active support for the rider in “Slick” mode to achieve maximum acceleration from standing – for example on race starts. Launch Control limits engine torque so as to provide the maximum torque transferable from the rear wheel whenever the front wheel is under no throttle. This means the rider has to focus less on the throttle because he is controlling acceleration solely using the clutch. In addition, when Launch Control is activated engine torque is reduced as soon as the system detects front wheel lift. This prevents unwanted wheelies when accelerating. The HP4 allows the rider to make instant gearshifts with virtually no interruption of tractive force by means of the shift assistant, fitted as standard. This helps gain valuable fractions of a second on the race track, too. New finely wrought 7-spoke wheels in forged light alloy and a new, lighter sprocket carrier give the HP4 a weight reduction of 2.4 kg as compared to the RR. The exhaust system is made entirely of titanium and saves as much as 4.5 kilograms as compared to the RR, thereby contributing to the HP4′s enhanced handling qualities. The new exhaust system has an interference pipe between cylinders two and three, a controlled acoustic valve and a closed-loop catalytic converter. It has been possible to optimise the torque curve thanks to the new exhaust system, with the engine application adapted accordingly. The new HP4 is fitted with the water-cooled 4-cylinder in-line engine of the S 1000 RR with the peak output of 142 kW at 13,000 rpm and a maximum engine speed of 14,200 rpm. As in the RR, its maximum torque of 112 Nm goes on stream at 9,750 rpm. The torque has been perceptibly increased in the 6,000 rpm to 9,750 rpm range. In “Rain” mode there is now a smoother output and torque curve available between 2,500 rpm and 8,000 rpm. Unlike the RR, the 4-cylinder in-line engine in the HP4 provides the full output of 142 kW at 13,000 rpm in all modes – “Rain”, “Sport”, “Race” and “Slick” – with an identical throttle curve and thus the same response, making it perfect for use on the race track. The HP4 has numerous special features to meet the needs of sports and racing riders. For example, the instrument cluster not only has a newly designed dial face with HP4 inscription but also provides an extended range of information and functions. The information display now shows the DDC set-up menus as well as the figures for DTC fine adjustment and Launch Control activation. In visual terms, too, the new HP4 is consistently in line with supersports aspirations for the race track and for dynamic country road riding. In addition to the monoposto look there is a dual-section engine spoiler – elongated as compared to the RR – and a tinted windshield, both of which highlight the increased dynamic performance of the HP4. The small, light LED turn indicators are discreetly integrated and the laser-engraved HP4 logo with serial number on the upper fork bridge underscores the bike’s exclusive character. An elaborate multiple colour paint finish in Racing blue metallic/Light white creates an appropriate racing-oriented appearance. For anyone who wants even more than the functional sophistication and extreme riding dynamics of the HP4, the HP4 with Competition Package is an especially exclusive version of the motorcycle. Refined HP carbon parts including a long, closed HP engine spoiler in carbon, an adjustable HP rider footrest system, folding HP brake and clutch levers, wheels finished in Racing blue metallic and a sponsor sticker kit provide additional enhancement of the new HP4. A summary of the HP4 technical highlights:
  • Fork bridge with engraved number and HP4 logo.
  • Lightest 1000 supersports bike with four cylinders: 199 kg (90% DIN unladen weight).
  • Innovative suspension with Dynamic Damping Control DDC.
  • Race ABS with IDM setting.
  • Dynamic Traction Control DTC with fine adjustment in “Slick” mode.
  • Launch Control.
  • Adapted wheelie detection.
  • New rear wheel tyres, 200/55 ZR 17.
  • Shift assistant as standard.
  • Light titanium exhaust system with controlled acoustic valve and interference pipe.
  • Forged light alloy wheels, anodised in black.
  • Radial monoblock brake calipers by Brembo with special brake pads.
  • 9x floating brake discs at front.
  • Extended, dual-section engine spoiler.
  • Seat in monoposto look with passenger seat cover.
  • LED turn indicators.
  • Tinted windshield.
  • Lighter 7 Ah battery.
  • Performance-oriented engine set-up.
  • Increased torque in the medium engine speed range.
HP4 with Competition Package:
  • Long, closed engine spoiler made of carbon.
  • Sponsor sticker kit included.
  • Wheels in Racing blue metallic.
  • HP Carbon badge carrier.
  • HP Carbon tank cover.
  • HP brake lever, hinged.
  • HP clutch lever, hinged.
  • HP rider footrest system, adjustable.
Options and special accessories for further customisation. A specific program of BMW Motorrad options and special accessories is available for further customisation of the new HP4. Options are supplied directly ex works and are integrated in the production process. Special accessories are installed by the BMW Motorrad partner or customers themselves. These are features which can be retrofitted, too. Options.
  • Competition Package.
    • Long, closed engine spoiler made of carbon.
    • Sponsor sticker kit.
    • Wheels in Racing blue metallic.
    • HP Carbon badge carrier.
    • HP Carbon tank cover.
    • HP brake lever, hinged.
    • HP clutch lever, hinged.
    • HP rider footrest system, adjustable.
  • Passenger package.
    • Passenger seat.
    • Passenger footrest system.
  • Heated grips.
  • Anti-theft alarm system.
Special accessories.
  • HP Carbon wheel cover, front.
  • HP Carbon wheel cover, rear.
  • HP Carbon badge carrier.
  • HP Carbon tank cover.
  • HP brake lever, hinged.
  • HP clutch lever, hinged.
  • HP rider footrest system, adjustable.
  • HP passenger footrest system.
  • HP Carbon chain guard.
  • HP Carbon heel guard.
  • HP Carbon slipstream deflectors.
  • HP Carbon tail-hump cover.
  • Rear softbag.
  • Tankbag.
  • Windshield, high.
  • Windshield, high, tinted.
  • Sport auxiliary stand.
  • Battery charger.
  • Anti-theft alarm system.
  • Motorcycle cover.
HP Race parts.
  • HP Race data logger.
  • HP Race Power Kit.
  • HP Race Calibration Kit II.
  • HP Race Cover Kit.
  • HP Race gearshift-pattern reverser.
  • HP Race brake pads.
  • HP Race tyre warmers.
  • HP Race wiring harness.
  • HP Race pit carpet.
  • HP Race Engine Kit I-III.
  • HP Race gearbox.
BMW Motorrad HP Race Support Packages featuring technical support for private and professional racing. BMW Motorrad rider equipment.
  • DoubleR collection.
  • DoubleR helmet.
  • DoubleR suit.
  • DoubleR boots.
  • DoubleR gloves.
  • Race helmet (from 2013).
  • Sport suit.
  • Start suit.
  • SportDry boots.
  • Security Evo G3 boots.

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