The BMW Motorrad Italia Superbike Team is set to take to the American circuit at Miller Motorsports Park (Utah) with James Toseland riding. The Englishman, having tried to return to racing at the Monza circuit, should be able to compete in both races on the schedule at the American circuit. It will be James’ second event at the Miller circuit, as he previously riden at the track last year finishing ninth in race one and failing to finish race two after a fall. It is also James’ second race event of the season, having only raced in Australia before his testing accident at Aragon.
Ayrton Badovini has continued to improve and has scored points in every race, with the exception of race two at Phillip Island when he retired with a technical problem. He now lies twelfth in the World Championship standings. Ayrton is certainly strong psychologically after the excellent performance in testing at Monza and then in race two when he took an encouraging sixth place. The Biella rider raced at the Miller circuit in 2008, scoring points in race two.
Serafino Foti, sporting director of BMW Motorrad Italia Superbike Team, said: "We head to America to continue our work plan. We will try some new bike parts. We haven't much data for this track but we will try to maintain the level we have achieved, confirming the progress made so far. We are pleased that James is now in good physical condition and this will help us speed up the development work so far carried out by Ayrton alone. After a good performance at Monza, Badovini is approaching the American trip with great enthusiasm. Our realistic goal is to stay in the top ten".
Standings: 1° C. Checa (Ducati) p. 145 - 2° M. Melandri (Yamaha) p. 118 - 3° M. Biaggi (Aprilia) p. 117 ...12° A. Badovini (BMW) p. 35...20° B. Veneman (BMW) p. 3...22° J. Toseland (BMW) p. 2