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Grillini BMW Joins WSBK with Aitchison


2012 World Superbike Teams

Another team that will contest the S1000RR has joined the 2012 World Superbike grid – Team Grillini BMW.

The team was created by manager Andrea Grillini, who decided to return to World Superbike following two years in Moto2 and working on CRT (Claiming Rule Teams) in MotoGP.

Grillini signed the Australian rider Mark Aitchison, a 28-year old who rode for Pedericini Kawasaki during he 2011 WSBK season, which he finished 19th overall.

Aitchison started his professional career competing in the World Superstock Championship with Suzuki Italia, finishing fifth in the World Superstock Championship. That year he was named 2007 Rookie of the Year.

In 2008, Aitchison joined Triumph for World Supersport Championship, finishing in the top 10 on several occasions. In 2009 he teamed up with the Hanspree Honda Althea Team for his second full season in the World Supersport Championship.

The 2009 season was very competitive and Aitchison reached the podium on one occasion and scored a number of excellent top five finishes, culminating eighth overall in the championship standings. In 2010, he participated to the last four races of the World Supersport Championship with Kuja Racing Team.

Andrea Grillini (Grillini BMW Team Manager) says: “I am delighted with the choice of rider. The agreement came after more than a month of negotiations but I always thought that Mark could be an ideal rider for us, and allow us to have high ambitions in the World Superbike Championship. We still need to define some of the team members, but Mirko Serraino will be chief engineer. A big thanks to SCB Group who follow the rider and to Paolo Ciabatti of Infront who has enthusiastically welcomed us into this championship.”

Mark Aitchison (Team Grillini BMW S1000RR) says: “I’m really excited about this new challenge ahead of me in 2012. My first year in SBK was very important, I learnt a lot and I hope it’s the turning-point for more success next season.

“The Grillini team was interesting for me because it’s made up of a small group of people who have the ambition and desire to work as a team and this was a factor in my decision. We know that it’ll take some time to develop the BMW, especially as the championship is about to start shortly, but with the programme we have ahead of us I know we can reach the aims we’ve set for ourselves.

“Now I can devote myself to training and getting ready for the first tests before the opening round at my home track in Australia.”

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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