2011 World Superbike
The BMW Motorrad Italy Superbike team, with riders James Toseland and Ayrton Badovina, was unveiled in its 2011 WSBK livery at Autodromo di Monza on Monday.
The Italian team, which will make its debut in the World Superbike Championship, won the FIM Superstock 2010 Cup with Badovini at the controls.
Head of BMW Motorrad Motorsports, Bernhard Godmeier, says BMW Italy will have backing by BMW parent company; the Italy team will also use the same electronics as the BMW Motorrad team and in future will also have use of the same evolution of the engine.
Andrea Buzzoni (Director of BMW Motorrad Italy) says: "Twenty ten was a particularly satisfying year for 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) says: "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. "
James Toseland (BMW Italy Superbike) says: "This year I’m finally feeling okay physically, 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."
Ayrton Badovini (BMW Italy Superbike) says: "I have raced in Superbikes, 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 – a category which it won in 2010 – with Lorenzo Zanetti and Sylvain Barrier.