The 2013 season has gotten off to a very damp start for Ducati. The Bologna factory had booked the Jerez circuit for a three-day test, for both the Alstare Ducati World Superbike team and the Ducati MotoGP test team with Michele Pirro and Franco Battaini, but the rain meant that they only got a few hours of testing done, and all of that was on Monday.
BMW issued the following press release after the final World Superbike test of the year at Jerez:
BMW Motorrad - WSBK - Winter Testing - Jerez
28th to 30th November 2012.
The last day of testing of 2012 turned out to be a mirror image of the MotoGP season just finished. As it had so many times this year, rain and wind ruined conditions, making the track far too dangerous for slick tires, and too dry to do any proper testing on wets. And just as they had done so often this year, the few riders remaining at the Jerez combined MotoGP and World Superbike test spent the day sitting in the garage, watching the weather, before calling an early halt to proceedings and heading home.
BMW issued the following press release after completing testing at Aragon:
BMW Motorrad - WSBK - Winter Testing - Motorland Aragón
BMW Motorrad issued the following press release after their first pre-season test at Jerez:
BMW Motorrad - WSBK -Winter testing
05th to 06th November 2012.
Marco Melandri has been given a suspended jail term of one year and seven months for tax evasion by a court in his home town of Ravenna. Melandri was found guilty of trying to evade taxes during the period he lived in Derby, in the UK, the court finding that Melandri's residence for tax purposes should have been in Ravenna, Italy, Melandri's home town.
The BMW press office issued the following press release today, going back over the events of a successful and eventful 2012 WSBK season for the factory team:
A year full of highlights and milestones for Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport.
On winning ways: Team BMW Motorrad Motorsports reviews its best ever season in the FIM Superbike World Championship.
The BMW World Superbike team issued the following press release updating Marco Melandri's status after his nasty crash at Portimao:
BMW Motorrad Motorsport: Update on Marco Melandri
After returning home, injured BMW Motorrad factory rider Marco Melandri underwent further examinations in Italy.
BMW Motorrad have announced they will not be running the factory World Superbike team next year, deciding to allow BMW Motorrad Italia (currently the BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet team) to run it on their behalf. The engines will be prepared in Munich, along with the electronics, while the chassis will be handled by the Milanese outfit.