Australian SBK: BMW Italia Day 1 Report
The first day of testing for the BMW Motorrad Italia Superbike Team occurred Friday ahead of the opening round of the 2011 Superbike World Championship to be held Sunday at Phillip Island circuit.
The very few kilometres in the dry during the team’s debut pre-event testing did not allow BMW Motorrad Italia Superbike Team to give their best on the first day. After putting in reasonable practice sessions, James Toseland and Ayrton Badovini, encountered difficulties in first qualifying that ended with them in 15th and 12th place respectively.
Much discussion was had in de-brief to find the right technical changes to give the BMW S1000RR riders a better set-up. Another qualifying session and a free practice will be held Saturday before Superpole.
Serafino Foti (Sporting Director of BMW Motorrad Italy Superbike Team says: "When it comes to competing in races you would like to always get good results. Realistically we are in the development phase and in this respect we are happy, even though we know that we still have work to do."
James Toseland (BMW S1000RR) says:" We had a rather difficult qualifying session. After the test we thought we would do better but the bike is new for me and the team. We will work to make progress for tomorrow with the data we have collected today and that should hopefully help us improve."
Ayrton Badovini (BMW S1000RR) says:"We have grip problems and are working to identify and solve the problem. I’m beginning to know the bike and the track but I am still concerned about the stiffness at the front that I’m not confident with. "
Phillip Island World Superbike Track Specs
Circuit of Phillip Island: 4,445 km
Corner: 7 at left and 5 at right
Phillip Island Winner 2010 World Superbike
Race 1: Leon Haslam (Suzuki Alstare) 34’13"435
Race 2: Carlos Checa (Ducati Althea Racing) 24’16"428
Fastest lap 2010: Leon Haslam (Suzuki Alstare) 1’32"193