According to our good friends at MotoMatters, Davide Tardozzi has just been handed his pink slip from the BMW World Superbike Team. The Italian manager has been instrumental in helping BMW get its house in order, but Tardozzi and the rest of BMW’s non-German crew are being purged from the team regardless. Tardozzi had apparently been banned from the BMW garage, as World Superbike heads to Magny-Cours this weekend, but the team’s mechanics are expected to work through the end of the season. Apparently not pleased with the idea of being replaced, the non-German mechanics are rumored to be planning a strike for Magny-Cours.
BMW’s non-German members have reportedly not been offered a contract for next season, leaving them in quite the lurch as the season comes to a close. It’s not clear exactly how a strike would affect BMW’s WSBK operations, and what it would mean for Troy Corser and Ruben Xaus, but you can bet it’s not the positive atmosphere you’d want in your garage.
With BMW complaining that the non-Germans have not been at BMW HQ enough, the factory is withholding their pay checks, which has only added fuel to the fire, and is the root cause for the mechanics’ strike. How this will all play out, we can’t say, but for certain we’ll know Friday as FP1 gets underway.