2011 WSB Preview: BMW Motorrad Motorsport

February 23, 2011
Matt Davidson
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BMW Motorrad Motorsport

Leon Haslam  left  and Troy Corser - 2011 World Superbike
Troy Corser (right) will enter his third year with BMW after earning 11th in the 2010 championship.

For 2011 the BMW Motorrad Motorsport garage will once again house ‘05 World Superbike Champion, Troy Corser, with the team’s newest addition being that of runner-up in the 2010 series, Leon Haslam. BMW Motorrad Motorsport collected just two podium finishes in 2010 – both at the hands of Corser – to finish just outside the top-10. The 39-year-old is entering his 17th season in World Superbike and has spent the last two years refining the S1000RR with BMW. Tremendous investment between Corser and BMW has revealed a partnership eager to snag its first victory in the upcoming season. While conducting tests in Eastern Creek during early February, Corser suffered a spill which left him bruised and shaken. Despite the rocky start, Corser has also reported improvements in electronics and geometry settings through his testing.
Haslam is shaping up to be one of Biaggi’s biggest threats for 2011. After defecting to BMW from Alstare Suzuki for the 2011 season, the Brit has reported the S1000RR as being a solid base to work with. In 2010 Haslam was Biaggi’s major rival in the series. Despite only taking three wins, Haslam amassed a total of 11 podiums and was consistent throughout the season, which may be just the ticket BMW needs to put the team on top.

Leon Haslam: Testing is one thing but racing is another. All you want to do is go out there and race. It is not long to wait  just one more month. Also physically I feel very good and I have my trainer coming over to Australia for a couple of weeks more before the race.
Leon Haslam was Biaggi’s main
rival in 2010 and hopes to topple
the champ with BMW this year.

“We have already found a good base to work on,” said Haslam. “Of course, we still have some work to do before the season starts but I am happy with the progress we made so far. The bike improved a lot in the last month. I am already looking forward to race again at last. We now don’t have long to wait until we will find out where everybody stands.”
BMW will further supplement its efforts in WSB with Italian outfit, BMW Italia. Armed with full support from the BMW Motorrad Motorsport team, two-time World Superbike Champ James Toseland will head the satellite team’s campaign in 2011. The Englishman finished ninth in the ’10 series, and for the past three seasons has fallen off the pace of his previous accomplishments. Recent tests at Phillip Island and Portimao have shown the team lacking compared to the rest of the field, and with the first two races right around the corner the squad will need major improvements to strengthen its platform. 

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