2011 World Superbike Prep
Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport completed its last winter tests of 2010 on Tuesday.
In preparation for the 2011 FIM Superbike World Championship, BMW works superbike riders Troy Corser (AUS) and Leon Haslam (GBR), spent three days of testing at the Spanish race track of Jerez (Wednesday to Friday), followed by two more days at Portimao in Portugal (Monday and Tuesday).
The Superbike riders were joined by BMW test rider, Steve Martin (AUS), and Leon’s father, Ron Haslam, who also completed some laps on the BMW S 1000 RR Superbike.
Unfortunately both tests at Jerez and Portimao were hampered by rain, and the team had only one day of dry running, which was the Thursday at Jerez. During the five days, the team completed a total of 1.540 test kilometers.
Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport used the five days to work on the suspension and the superbike engine of the BMW S 1000 RR, and tested several new chassis parts and adjustments.
Troy and Leon both also tried a new Öhlins front fork on the BMW Superbike, which was initially developed for MotoGP, new brakes and geometry changes.
The World Superbike team is quite satisfied with the progress made at these final tests of the year.
At Jerez, especially on the dry Thursday, it was possible to make big improvements to the BMW Superbike chassis. Also with the engine some steps were made, but because of the bad weather the progress in this area was not as big as the team had hoped for. The team focused on rideability in the wet.
In Portimao, BMW Motorrad Italia Superbike rider James Toseland had his first roll-out with the BMW S 1000 RR.
Now work continues back home at the facilities in Munich and Stephanskirchen (GER). The next winter test will take place at the end of January at Eastern Creek and then Phillip Island (AUS).
Troy Corser (BMW Motorrad Superbike) says: "Unfortunately we had the bad weather, but on the dry day at Jerez we gathered lots of good information. My comments and those of Leon were pretty much in parallel regarding the areas we want to improve, and the areas where we think we are heading in the right direction."
"We tried many different things on the suspension together with Ohlins, which was also very good. Unfortunately the rain followed us from Jerez to Portimao, but to get some wet testing is also quite valuable, because during the season it can rain at any track we go to."
"Riding in the rain also helped us to tackle some of the problems we have in the dry. It is actually easier to get a feeling for the problems and to see them on the telemetry, because everything happens a bit slower, so the actual problem is a lot clearer."
"Unfortunately we did not have a lot of dry track time, but I think we got a lot of information for the development of the bike. I celebrated my 39th birthday during the tests, but I have to say I do not feel older than I did when I was 30."
"I am looking forward to next year, to being successful and possibly becoming the oldest champion. I will now spend a lot of time back home in Australia and will work on my fitness with my trainer Ko. We plan to do an intensive program, because I really want to do improve my fitness even more."
Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Superbike) says: "We made good progress. In Portimão we did not have any dry time, but on Monday I was quickest in the wet in the morning and quickest on the drying track in the afternoon."
"On the last day, we were down to the times where we should be. However, we were not even pushing to get a fast run, but we were just looking to improve the bike in a few different areas. It would have been nice if it had been dry, so we could have made even more progress, but I am happy."
"In the next weeks I have a lot to do. I will first visit the motorcycle show in Birmingham, and then receive some awards. On 12th December I will go to Sweden – where I and my fiancée, Olivia, will get married on the 15th!"
"After Christmas we will go on honeymoon to Borneo, and then we already have the next tests in Australia. I am looking forward to a few weeks off now and to recharge my batteries for the New Year."