BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team WSBK Imola Dorna Testing

01.07.2013: Dorna testing – Imola. 1st July 2013. In preparation for the second half of the 2013 season, the BMW Motorrad

Dorna testing – Imola. 1st July 2013.


In preparation for the second half of the 2013 season, the BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team took part in today’s official Dorna test at Imola (ITA) with factory riders Marco Melandri (ITA) and Chaz Davies (GBR). The test comprised two sessions of two hours each.


With both riders, the team tried different new components for the chassis and suspension settings for the BMW S 1000 RRs. In addition, Marco and Chaz worked on the bike’s geometry and they tested an electronic update. In the afternoon, both of them also tried several new development tyres in SC0 compounds brought in by Pirelli.
 

The weather conditions were good, with sunny skies, air temperatures up to 31 degrees Celsius and track temperatures up to 56 degrees Celsius. In total, the two BMW factory riders did 91 laps or 449,176 kilometres of testing today on their RRs.


The next round of the FIM Superbike World Championship will be held on the “Moscow Raceway” near Volokolamsk (RUS) from 19th to 21st July.

 
 

Marco Melandri:

Bike: BMW S 1000 RR

Best overall lap time: 1:47.583 min


“We were mainly trying to improve the feeling when braking for changes of direction to find more stability from the bike and to be able to carry more speed into the corner. With some of the solutions we tested we achieved positive and interesting results.


Some other ideas did not work out as expected but I think that Imola is a very specific track that is particularly  difficult for us. So this can be a different story at the next racetrack we go to. We tested some new components for the front part of the bike and compared them with the parts we already use.


Now we have to analyse the data and make our choices for the next race. There we are looking forward to get back to the podium.”

 
 

Chaz Davies:

Bike: BMW S 1000 RR

Best overall lap time: 1:47.969 min



“The test was not too bad. We tried a few different chassis solutions and we found something which worked a little bit better for us. Especially when playing with the balance of the bike we found something that really helped us. So this shows a direction to head in.


Overall it was a usual day of testing, trying different settings, components and also tyres. We will now analyse the data and go through what we have learnt today and use this as a base for preparing for the next rounds.”

 


Andrea Dosoli (Technical Director BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team):


“It was a good test today. We had analysed the data from both of yesterday’s races here in Imola comparing our performance with our competitors. We took the opportunity of the official Dorna test not only to work on new components developed by our R&D department but we also worked on different set-up solutions.


The indications we got from this test were interesting and positive, and some of them will be introduced for the next race in Moscow. A Monday test after a round is an ideal opportunity because you start with the best possible set-up after three days of working and luckily the track conditions were exactly the same as on Sunday.


So it was a very useful test and we are confident that what we understood today will be helpful for the second half of the season.”


 
Danilo Coglianese-

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