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Bimota Alstare Racing Will Contest WSB EVO Class With BMW Power

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Bimota is jumping straight into WSB racing this year with its new BB3, powered by the BMW S 1000RR superbike engine. The small manufacturer has formed a relationship with Alstare Racing, and will field two riders in the new EVO class, Ayrton Badovini and Christian Iddon. Here is the press release from Bimota Alstare Racing.

Liège, Monday 13th of January 2014 - One spin-off of the newly formed long-term partnership between the legendary Bimota brand and Alstare – the most experienced team in World Superbikes – is the formation of Team BIMOTA ALSTARE RACING which will compete in the EVO class in this year’s World Superbike Championship on the formidable Bimota BB3. *

Engineer Acquaviva and his team at Bimota’s headquarters in Rimini have taken the bullet-proof BMW engine and married it to a beautifully designed chassis – designed and built in their own workshops - together with high level components in all areas. The result is a stunning looking bike, but one that hides a powerful beast within.

It will be Alstare’s job to develop this bike, with Bimota’s full co-operation, and turn it into a race winner and bring success on track to both companies.

The team will attack the EVO class with two riders – Italian Ayrton Badovini and Briton Christian Iddon. Ayrton is no stranger to Alstare, having ridden for them last year – in what proved to be a very challenging season. Now fully fit again, the Italian is comfortable with the team and ready to go to fight for glory right from the start.

Christian may well be new to the team, but there is a Bimota connection as his father rode a Bimota YB3 in the opening years of the championship. Christian comes from a successful background in motocross and supermoto and only switched to roadracing in 2008, but has begun to show his huge potential and is definitely one to watch for the future.

Ayrton Badovini

“The early part of this year is going to be a bit difficult because of our late start, but having said that, I’ve got such a good team backing me, I know we can do a nice job.

Although the BB3 is a new bike, I know the engine characteristics very well, from my two years with it in 2011 and 2012. It is a nice engine – fast, but very usable at all speeds. I don’t think we’re going to need to do a lot of work on the engine, which leaves us to concentrate of the rest of the package.

For me, this year is a lot about improving the bike and being ready for next year and in this respect I’m sure that we’ll do a good job. I’m really, really happy to be back with Alstare again and feel I am returning to a family I know well. The team is very professional. I learnt a lot from them last year and expect to learn more from them this year.

If things go well, and I see no reason they should not, my target is to develop the bike quickly and win the EVO title this year.”

Christian Iddon

“This is an amazing opportunity for me and I am very excited about the challenge ahead. Alstare is a famous team, with a big history and I am sure that I am going to learn a lot from them. They have loads of experience and that is going to help me, in what is going to be a very interesting season.

I have ridden a Superbike before, four rounds in the British Superbike Championship, but I know the new Bimota BB3 is going to be very different to what I am used to. Although we are starting from scratch, as long as we can find a good base setting we can progress quickly. I think many teams in this year’s championship are new and probably have not done much testing, so we’re going to be in the same boat as them. I don’t like to talk about targets, but I always set high goals for myself and this year will be no exception. I would like to think we’d be challenging the top guys in the EVO class well before the latter part of the season and I’d be disappointed if we weren’t.

I know I’ve got a great team behind me and I am looking forward to working with them and maybe surprising a few people.”

Ever since Alstare boss Francis Batta met Bimota’s new owners, Marco Chiancianesi and Daniele Longoni in EICMA last November, things started happening. The trio clicked straightaway and it wasn’t long before plans were being drawn up. The early plans were really not a lot to do with racing, but Bimota and Alstare’s success and history in World Superbikes was bound to lead to the formation of a race team.

Bimota have long been renowned for their esoteric and beautiful bikes. Ever since their creation, they have designed unique bikes, using hand-crafted components from their own workshops married to a variety of engines from different manufacturers. Ever since day one, their mission statement has all been about quality, regardless of cost and that still holds true to today. It seems therefore fitting that they have taken Alstare as a partner – as Alstare, in their own way, have also stood out from the rest of the field. They may not have always had the best bikes, but they have always been one of the most professional teams in the paddock and have supported the World Superbike Championship longer than any other team. This new partnership marries two greats of motorcycling and a long and illustrious future beckons – both on the road and on the track.

Francis Batta’s new contact with Giuliano Rovelli is already yielding fruit. The final decisions are about to be concluded, but ParkinGo will become a partner and one of the team’s sponsors. As part of the deal, the team will be promoted via ParkinGo in their airport buildings.

Francis Batta on the 2014 season

“I am very happy and excited about this long-term global project with Bimota – a famous and highly thought of brand. It all started at the EICMA last November, when I met the new owners Marco Chiancianesi and Daniele Longoni and immediately got on well with them. After that first meeting, I had a really good feeling about our prospects together.

We knew our companies would complement each other in every way and such a symbiosis would be of enormous benefit all round. We both have enjoyed success in racing and putting our expertise together will be like a marriage made in heaven.

The BB3, designed by Engineer Acquaviva and his team in Rimini, is a fantastic bike and full of potential. We at Alstare are excited to help develop it, get it on the track and unleash the beast within.

Ayrton was very unlucky with injuries last year and, realistically speaking, was never at 100%. Despite the difficulties we all faced, he managed a podium in very trying conditions and also took a superb Superpole in Germany – the first of his career. I truly believe Ayrton’s potential is very high and I am sure that we’ll do things well together – not least because he fits the Alstare spirit perfectly.

I followed Christian’s progress in Supersport last year and know that the guy is a genuine talent, with an ability to go far. His manager, Giuliano Rovelli, and I spoke a lot during the holidays and we seemed to be on the same wavelength. I will be collaborating with Giuliano and ParkinGo at some level and will give further information once it has all been decided.”

* subject to approval of Homologation by FIM and its members

23 Comments

  1. Norm G. says:

    okay, I’ve put a stop to this as well. the powers that be are now acknowledging they have a bit of a quandary on their hands. the FIM are going (notice I didn’t say looking) to adjust the homologation count for brand like Bimota and EBR.

    Bimota doesn’t have $20 million, but they should be able to manage a $1 x 10^6th wealth transfer to the boys in Bavaria.

  2. George says:

    Good to see Bimota still in business and still building beautiful bikes and even better that they are racing.

    The purpose of WSBK is to race open class sportbikes that the normal person can buy. So it should be just that:

    Everything stock, not even valve jobs, except:
    aftermarket suspension
    aftermarket exhaust
    slick tires
    lights and mirrors removed
    number plate insert instead of stock headlight

    Stock, factory plastic bodywork just like they sell on the showroom floor must be used. No aftermarket bodywork allowed. No frame modifications, not even allowed to remove unused mounting tabs. No internal transmission gear changes from the stock bike.
    Stock wheels. Stock brakes. Stock triple clamps. Stock handlebars.

    Ideally there should be some sort of controls on the engines to make sure the factory teams do not have cherry picked components from the production line like they do now. Maybe require stock engines be purchased by the sanctioning body and delivered to the track on each Friday so that the teams cannot modify anything inside the engines.

    That would be REAL production based superbike racing. AND it would reenforce the win on Sunday sell on Monday intent of the series.

    I know this is all a pipe dream but if they really wanted to be production based, this is how to do it.

    • Norm G. says:

      re: “No aftermarket bodywork”

      re: “Stock wheels. Stock brakes. Stock triple clamps. Stock handlebars.”

      why do you hate the aftermarket so much…? they’re people too.

      • George says:

        I don’t hate the aftermarket folks. I am trying to get the race bike as close to the showroom as possible and if the MFRs have to race what they sell, it will improve the sportbikes in the showrooms.

        • Norm G. says:

          re: “it will improve the sportbikes in the showrooms.”

          that’s where homologation comes in. you might be surprised to learn (unless you’ve been keeping score) but bikes currently in the showrooms benefit from 25 years of this. the only thing a 2014 GSXR750 and a 1985 GSXR750 have in common are two wheels and a name. park ‘em side by side. I swear.

        • Norm G. says:

          oh and speaking of homologation, it’s the $20 million dollar elephant in the room. if Munich gives somebody something other than a hard way to go…? it’ll be the first I’ve heard of it.

        • vince says:

          I like your sentiment George; but stock body work doesn’t crash very well….

          • George says:

            That is the whole point! Stock plastic SHOULD crash well.

            It is beyond stupid that a tip over, that happens to nearly every rider and every bike, can do $%1000s of damage.

            The reason is because the MC companies want to sell replacement bodywork.

          • Norm G. says:

            oops, george has just revealed his agenda.

    • sl says:

      Okay, I like this idea. Here is my version. Can’t change frame/swingarm or engine/transmission internals, and must use stock ecu with custom tunes. Other than that you must build the bike with off the shelf parts. To keep the cost down make it a claims race where you can buy any of the podium bikes for a predetermined price (say $50k).

      This give a platform to sell to the consumer. The whole bike is built of obtainium. Also these things already go fast enough, and stops $ from creating gaps on the track. Mabye not the perfect idea, but I think it would be cool.

  3. Dave Joy says:

    As I am unable to see WSB on the box anymore, I can honestly say that I don’t give a shit who or what is racing anymore!

    • PatrickD says:

      keep it to yourself, then.

    • MGNorge says:

      Then there’d be no Joy I guess?

    • GuyLR says:

      It’s a bit of work here in the States but if you have the Internets, which you obviously do, then you can watch live streaming of the Superbike and Supersport races on beIN Sports. http://www.beinsports.tv/ The work comes in because you’ll have to get up early enough in the US to catch the afternoon races in Europe. The coverage is good though with no commercials.

    • Norm G. says:

      if you wait a few days, someone puts them up on the Tube and since Ezpelata only gives a shit about policing unauthorized MotoGP content and not WSB content (even though he controls both properties), you can see them.

    • Brian says:

      just check for Bein Sport. they actually have great coverage, nonstop/no commercials during the races.

  4. xlayn says:

    Not a single comment of love for the actual motorcycle design? (even if it’s a render)
    I love it! aluminum lust…

    • Norm G. says:

      re: “Not a single comment of love for the actual motorcycle design?”

      not so much.

      the sak design was tits. both contemporary and classic at the same time. and then on top, it reminded me of one of the transformers. shockwave I think…?

      any who, not sure why they used a render when they showed the real thing at eicma…?

    • stinkywheels says:

      Billet lust it is. That swingarm is GORGEOUS! Out of my price range and probably won’t get to see it race. It’s sad. Never saw AMA roadracing or MX, WSB, only Moto GP and Supercross, the worst racing of the lot.

  5. Norm G. says:

    re: “I don’t want to see 5 bikes racing each other”

    5…? hell, if we could see just that we’d be doing good. havent seen that in any series with any consistency for a decade.

  6. Craig says:

    This is great news and I’m glad to see the B-company back in the mix.
    No one may like the EVO rules as it relates to riding the latest and greatest… but if it allows factories and sub-factories to compete… then let’s go racing.

    I don’t want to see 5 bikes racing each other… A nice full grid where at least everyone can smell the front or have a chance…

    • Harry R says:

      From the way I understand it the EVO rules should have a positive impact on the level of competition (or at least that’s the goal). The rules should also widen the technology gap between Super-bike and GP (even with GP’s 2-tiered system) which should benefit both racing classes. If this is the case then I am ok with it. As you said if fosters better racing with a wider field of competitors then we should be in for much better racing. Now if we can only get LIVE television coverage in the states the world will be a better place.