News Archive: October 2006

  • san jose bmw wins daytona!

    October 21, 2006
    San Jose BMW Team wins Inaugural 8 Hours At Daytona

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (October 21, 2006) – The San Jose BMW team made history at Daytona International Speedway Saturday, winning a dramatic Inaugural 8 Hours At Daytona. The race was the first event in the SunTrust MOTO-ST Series.

    Brian Parriott of Calistoga, Calif., Belgian Stephane Mertens and Nate Kern of Cherry Hill, N.J. held on to take a 14.856-second victory on their No. 46 BMW R1200S over the No. 18 M4 EMGO Suzuki SV1000S of Michael Barnes of Boca Raton, Fla., Geoff May of Gainesville, Ga. and Chris Ulrich of Lake Elsinore, Calif. In addition to claiming the overall win the BMW team took the Buell Motorcycle Company SuperSport Twins (SST) class.

    The winning team completed 228 laps of the 3.56-mile Daytona International Speedway road course.

    “Everything went smoothly,” Parriott said. “The settings were perfect, tire wear was phenomenal. The times of our three riders were all within a second of each other, and I think that won the race for us.”
  • san jose bmw racing update fast company

    San Jose BMW Racing Update<br>
Fast Company
    October 1, 2006
    TEAM SJBMW will focus on tuning and development of our K1200R and R1200S racing machines, and rider, Brian Parriot has already abused some Ducati, Aprilia and Suzuki riders, having scored five 2nd's and two 1st places in the last 9 races. Our SJBMW Team is headed-up by Chris Hodgson, president of SJBMW, with tuning by Brett and Willie of the SJBMW service department. Brian is a Boxer Cup Daytona Champion and took 2nd overall in the BMW Boxer Cup series in 2004.

    Brian feels the new "S" has outstanding suspension, grip and accuracy along with improved response and far stronger power. We're running the S in 750 Superbike, 750 Production and Open Twins, against perennial winners like the Ducati 999 and Suzuki GSXR750.


    Based on a 2005 production K1200R, this Open Class machine will pit sophistication against finesse
    as it chases lighter machines with sheer power and advanced suspension technology. Our racer is actually fairly close to a stock K1200R, with appropriate tuning, legal lightening, and a Laser exhaust system.

    Brian ran a best of 1:37:876 at Infineon 8/13 on the R just 00.292 sec behind the best lap of race-winner Suzuki-mounted, James Randolph.

    R1200S "S Factor"
    This 2006 R1200S went literally from the crate to the track with an minimum of race-prep.

    Careful, tuning to optimum specs, safety-wire and removal of the unnecessary, magnesium wheels and a prototype canister design and the SJBMW "S Factor" has been turning times like 1:38:694 at Infineon to post best lap and win second place in 750 Production against GSXR-mounted Gary Combs.

    SJBMW had a brilliant outing at Infineon as Brian Parriot, in just his second race on the new R1200S racer, stepped to the podium in 3 of 4 classes run. The new twin is proving surprisingly fast for a bike with just a few months of development time. The K1200R is running in very hot classes with super hot riders and holding its own.


    Starting from 20th slot in a field of 23 bikes, Brian clipped a remarkable 1:38:950 (fastest lap in the race) and stayed well in the hunt one the way to a tight and tightening 2nd place to Ducati 999-mount-ed Eric Gulbransen.

    Brian exploited the advanced suspension action take second again in 750 SUPERBIKE in the midst of a pack of Suzuki 750's. Again, due to the AFM grid system - which prioritizes past year performance -our new bike started well back, and worked its way thru a large 36-bike field. Brian's fastest lap being a 1:41:000, just 00:204 off the best lap in the race.

    Proving very well suited to Infineon's challenging curves the "S Factor" tore thru the field from a start in the back rows. Brian pulled in a fantastic 1:38:694 to take fastest lap by well over 01.500 secs. A smooth and fast race finished with Brian in 2nd and again on the podium.

    Tire problems kept us from a full schedule with our open class contender, but Brian's certain style carved a searing second-fastest lap in Formula Pacific on the K1200R. A fierce and fast field kept the pace consistently and Brian held tight over the race. A hard ride against tough competition netted an 8th place and some new challenges for the tech team to find more quickness and speed for Brian's sure hand next time. We are running against, purpose-built highly developed race bikes here, pressed by the AFM's fastest riders.

    Brian is riding extremely well and in tune with the development team as we sort out the bikes. The new twin is proving surprisingly fast for a bike with just a few months of development time. With three 2nd places in four races, it is not too optimistic to hope for top podium soon. The K1200R is running in
    very hot classes with super hot riders and holding its own. While were pleased to be competitive at this stage with a bike really designed for the street against race-replicas. We expect to do even better as development gains on the challenge of harnessing really high horsepower and massive torque.

    We go endurance racing in the Infineon AFM 4-hour Sep 29-30. Brian has considerable endurance experience and we feel the R1200S will prove both very rideable and highly capable.