Don’t Let the Door Hit You in the…

BMW is very proud of their new, hyper-powerful literbike, the S1000RR.  They put a WSBK racing team together as soon as they could, and they figured with the awesome RWHP (185HP, dynoed stock) of the machine, they could make the brand shine in motorsports.

Ruben Xaus displays his inimitable riding style at Philip Island
Ruben Xaus displays his inimitable riding style at Philip Island

Sadly it hasn’t quite worked out that way.  Troy Corser has been notably absent from the platform since 2009.  Meanwhile, Ruben Xaus seems to be the designated BMW crash test dummy.  Somehow, he managed to crash four–count ’em, four–S1000RRs at Philip Island, then sat out the race itself.

So, the rumor is that BMW is just about ready to dump him from the team, presumably replacing him with someone who can manage to a) stay on the motorcycle, and b) keep the motorcycle from rolling over like a weasel and exposing its softer bits.

The thing is, Ruben’s a Spaniard, so they probably don’t want to get rid of him yet, as the Valencia and Portimao circuits, held in Spain and Portugal respectively, are coming up.  So, Ruben’s expected to be a big draw there, among the home crowd.

So, the word is, they’ll wait until after that to drive him off the team like some sort of poison troll, sometime in mid-season.

But, who knows.  These rumor things are always sketchy.  It could be some disgruntled factory tech mouthing off.  Or it could be that Xaus has a very short time to get his act together, before he’s back in Valencia, selling oranges to tourists.

*sigh*

I really had high hopes for the S1000RR after all the hype it got.  Oh, well, maybe Troy Corser will win in Portimao.  Maybe Xaus will win in Valencia.  Maybe swine will streak through the sky like eagles.

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Author: Dale Franks

Dale Franks is the former host of The Business Day, ”a daily, four-hour business and financial news program on KMNY Radio in Los Angeles. From 2002-2004, he was a contributor on military and international affairs for TechCentralStation.com. Currently, he a publisher and editor of the monthly political journal The New Libertarian, as well as an editor of the popular web log, Q and O. Dale served as a military police officer in the United States Air Force from 1984 to 1993, in variety of assignments both in the United States and Europe, where he also was assigned to the staff of the Headquarters of Allied Forces Central Europe. In addition to broadcasting, writing, and speaking on various topics, Dale has also been a long-time technical training instructor on a variety of computer software and technology subjects. Dale has also long been involved with information technology as an accomplished web designer, programmer, and technologist, serving as the corporate knowledge specialist for Microsoft Outlook at SAIC, the nation's largest employee-owned corporation. Additionally, he is the author of a number of software user guides used for classroom training by one of Southern California’'s premier computer training and consulting firms. His book, SLACKERNOMICS: Basic Economics for People Who Find Economics Boring, is available from Barnes & Noble.

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  1. Or it could be that Xaus has a very short time to get his act together, before he’s back in Valencia, selling oranges to tourists.

    Oh, snap!
    There’s a video floating around showing a bunch of crashes at Phillip Island. Xaus taking out Haga was particularly “slidy”…

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