Ever since his crash during race 1 at Portimao last September that sent him to the hospital with a suspected kidney injury and then kept him out of race 2, Marco Melandri has been nursing a nagging shoulder injury that is still worrying him as he confided to his Twitter followers.
The Italian rider has been undergoing regular physiotherapy sessions along with his pre-season training, but apparently the pain to his shoulder has still hasn’t completely let up, so his BMW Italia team has organized a fitness test for their star rider tomorrow, January 16th at the Binetto circuit located in the Puglia region in the South of Italy, even though the weather is expected to be cold and wet.
The 2013 World Superbike championship kicks off next month at Phillip Island and Melandri has a little more than a month to get back into shape before the season starts.
Source | bikeracing.it
Chaz Davies finally got a chance to test his BMW machine yesterday in a two-day private test session at Jerez de la Frontera under the banner of BMW Motorrad Italia - which has now become BMW’s official World Superbike team after the German manufacturer decided to to downsize their factory team and support Andrea Buzzoni’s squad.
For Davies it was his first taste of the BMW S1000RR, while for team mate Marco Melandri it was a chance to get to know the BMW Motorrad Italia/Feel Racing staff (Melandri’s pit crew remains the same as before).
No lap times were released at the test was heavily hampered by mixed weather conditions, but Davies did Tweet: “Good 1st impressions on the BMW in Jerez. Damp patches this morning and now raining so not ideal but good 2 ride again!”
BMW will be joining the rest of the rest of teams at the end of November for another test, always at Jerez. The Andalusian circuit will be hosting the final round of the 2013 WSBK calendar on October 20th.
Yesterday at the famed Monza circuit, BMW Motorrad Italia Goldbet SBK team did another presentation of their 2012 line-up with Ayrton Badovini and Michel Fabrizio and officially unveiled the colours of its new title sponsor GoldBet (we’ve already seen a livery mock-up last December when they did a first unveiling).
The BMW satellite team debuted in WSBK in 2011 with James Toseland and Ayrton Badovini, who often out performed the BMW factory team and Badovini finished 10th overall, while James Toseland had to retire due to a career ending wrist injury.
Taking Toseland’s place will be Michel Fabrizio, who spent a very dismal 2011 season with the now defunct Alstare Suzuki team, making it an all-Italian effort. In the Superstock 1000 series, the team’s line-up will be fielding Sylvain Barrier (who has been training under James Toseland’s guidance) and Lorenzo Baroni.
After the jump official press release and more pics.