BMW Introduces Italian Superbike Team

BMW Introduces Italian Superbike Team

Team BMW Motorrad Italia STK had a very successful 2010 season competing for the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup. Team rider, Ayrton Badovini, claimed the title after just seven races by winning all seven races. He went on to win nine out of 10 — only coming in second at the meaningless final race after being injured in a crash during warm up. Superstock is a support class to the World Superbike Championship (WSBK) with its rounds run at European WSBK rounds. With this success, BMW Motorrad Italia decided, with the support of BMW in Germany, to compete in the 2011 WSBK.

Yesterday, BMW officially launched the BMW Motorrad Italy Superbike team at the Autodromo di Monza in Italy with its riders James Toseland and Ayrton Badovini.

Bernhard Godmeier, Head of BMW Motorrad Motorsport, explained the Italian team will make its debut in the World Superbike with direct backing from the BMW parent company. He also announced the Italian team will be using the same electronics as the BMW Motorrad team and in the future will also have use of the same evolution of the engine.

Launch of BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team: Ayrton Badovini and James Toseland (riders) with Andrea Buzzoni and Serafino Foti.

“Twenty ten was a particularly satisfying year for BMW Motorrad Italy,” said Andrea Buzzoni, Director of BMW Motorrad Italy. “As well as victory in the Superstock 2010 FIM Cup, we also took the lead in the motorcycle sector of the Italian market. Now we have this new challenge with the full support of our parent company from Munich, and can also count on a team of experienced engineers and very strong riders.”

Serafino Foti, team manager of the BMW Motorrad Italy Superbike Team, said, “I am very motivated about getting on track with this very prestigious brand, using the experienced technicians and also the strong riding team. Early next week we will meet most of the competition we have to face at a group test in Portimao, and that will be the beginning of the real challenge.”

“This year I’m finally feeling okay physically,” said James Toseland, “and am really motivated by having a competitive bike. Another real boost for me is the chance to work with a group of people who have already conquered the bike world.”

“I have raced in Superbikes,” said Ayrton Badovini, “and I know how important both the bike and the team are. I think this season we have a great package and I do not want to miss this opportunity.”

BMW Motorrad Italy will also be represented in the FIM Superstock Cup with Lorenzo Zanetti and Sylvain Barrier.

BMW Motorrad Italia SBK and STK Team: (from left) Lorenzo Zanetti, James Toseland, Andrea Buzzoni, Serafino Foti, Ayrton Badovini, and Sylvain Barrier.

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