2011 World Superbike PrepThe BMW Motorrad team completed its 2010 winter test programme with three days at Jerez (Spain), followed by two more days at Portimao in Portugal this week.
Troy Corser and Leon Haslam were joined by test rider, Steve Martin, and Leon’s father, Ron Haslam, who also completed some laps on the BMW S 1000 RR superbike. Unfortunately both superbike tests were hampered by rain, with only one day of dry running on the Thursday at Jerez. During the five days, the team completed a total of 1.540 test kilometers.The WSBK team worked on the suspension and the engine of the BMW S 1000 RR, and tested several new chassis parts and adjustments. Troy and Leon both also tried a new Ohlins front superbike forks, which was initially developed for MotoGP, new brakes and geometry changes. In Portimao, BMW Motorrad Italia SBK rider James Toseland also had his first roll-out with the BMW S 1000 RR.Troy Corser (BMW Motorrad WSBK) 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 Öhlins, which was also very good. Unfortunately the rain followed us from Jerez to Portimão, but to get some wet testing is also quite valuable, because during the season it can rain at any track we go to."Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad WSBK) 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."