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.

Source: Speedweek via MotoMatters

  • Aj

    Why doesn’t anyone call a spade a spade here. The Germans are being racist. Men from all over the world have brought that bike up to speed, now the Germans want to step in and take back the credit.

    Ya, the S1000RR is a good platform, but without the team they have in WSBK, it would be a back marker. Good luck in 2011 :p

  • emd

    Wow, thats a quick turn around for Tardozzi, something went very wrong in this one I wonder how it went down?

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  • econo

    Tardozzi should just join Suzuki instead

  • WSBK_Fan

    Why don’t we wait until we know more facts ? I’m very sure that it’s not BMW’s target to have a “german only team”, who cares ?!

    In the opposite, it’s important to show for BMW to be an international company, at least they want to sell their stuff all over the world.

    I’m really curious to know, what went on behind the scenes, I expected Tardozzi to move to Yamaha anyway …

    BTW not all germans are racists (however it’s true that you can find racists in every country!).

  • Jim

    The new team motto, Let Chaos Reign. What ever the reasons and where ever the blame should be placed, this does not bode well for the team in 2011. If Tardozzi was the wrong guy, the people who brought him in should also pay a price.

  • Mark

    Credible rumors indicated that Tardozzi was leaving BMW for Yamaha and taking some of his current mechanics with him. Why would any company expose their latest engineering developments to people who are no longer going to be working for them next week, and take that knowledge with them to work for the competition.
    I think what they mean by “non-German” employees are any employees working on the team that are not directly employed by BMW corporate, meaning the team members that are contracted specifically for the WSBK team.
    To insinuate that there is some sort of racist motivation behind this decision is patently ridiculous, and just shows how quickly some people default to their own racist views hidden just below their surface.

  • Sean

    Bah, Tardozzi’s presence was “felt” through improved performance in the first half of the season, but the BMW’s seem to be humming along mid pack again.

    The words “firing all non germans” would inflame suspicion in any educated, post WW2 person, but I think Mark is right on this one.
    I’ve seen how BMW works their race teams. When they ran HP2’s at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, they sent a team over from Germany, 6 or 8 guys, only one or two of them spoke English. They worked out of the BMW dealership I worked at.

    That’s patently different from the way Ducati did it, working out of the same dealership, but with a team of Americans.

  • Mark

    I think we have a similar situation with Jeromy Burgess at Yamaha. This is exactly why he is being very coy about his future. If he announces that he is following Rossi to Ducati, Yamaha will have no choice but to insulate him from their latest developments. Even though Yamaha knows that he is most likely following Rossi, they really can’t do anything until they are absolutely certain, and Burgess is playing this perfectly. In Tardozzi’s case, the cat was let out of the bag too soon.
    As for the performance of the BMW, I’m not very high on that bike. It does have one hell of a powerful engine, but as we all know, power is only part of the equation. Being an in- line 4 with an even firing crank, it suffers from the same issues that other even firing 4’s do, in either WSBK or MotoGP, Yamaha understands this and came out with the cross-plane crank with great success. BMW, Honda and Kawasaki will have to adopt this as well if they are going to stick with their in-line fours.