With the 2013 World Superbike Championship just under three weeks away, the BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK unveiled its S1000RR and riders’ livery Tuesday in the Double Cone building at BMW Welt near the BMW Group’s headquarters.
At the launch for the BMW GoldBet SBK team, which is now run by BMW Motorrad Italia, were riders Marco Melandri and Chaz Davies, along with BMW Motorrad WSBK General Manager Andrea Buzzoni.
Attached above is a video of the unveiling, and below are quotes from Melandri, Davies and Buzzoni.
Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK S1000RR) says: “Going into the season we certainly didn’t expect to pick up six wins and be in contention for the title right down to the final race. This year I am primarily looking to improve my own performances.
“I don’t want to make the same mistakes as I did in 2012, and want to make the podium more consistently” said the Italian, outlining his goals for the 2013 FIM Superbike World Championship.
Chaz Davies (BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK S1000RR) says: “This is a big step for me, as it is the first time I have been directly involved in a works project. That means an awful lot to me.
“I am very proud, as it is not just any works team, but BMW – a powerful brand. I want to take full advantage of this opportunity. My goal is to continue improving, become more consistent, and end the season in the top five.”
Andrea Buzzoni says: “We are looking to follow on from the success BMW Motorrad achieved last season. The various parts in the restructured team became attuned to one another very quickly. Two very experienced teams, which have already shown in the past just how strong and professional they are, have merged into one team.
“In order to be successful, however, you also need good riders and an outstanding bike – and we have them in the form of Marco, Chaz and the BMW S 1000 RR. Another important ‘ingredient’ is the speed. The speed, which is one of the most important factors on track, is also essential for the work of the team: to react and act fast is crucial to reach the target and to be competitive.”