BMW SBK: Corser & Haslam on Four Wheels
BMW Motorrad WSBK Rider News
Taking a break before this weekend’s Assen World Superbike round, the BMW Motorrad team of Troy Corser and Leon Haslam piloted a different sort of machine rather than the usual BMW S1000RR.
Corser and Haslam were in Munich, Germany, switched from two wheels to four at the BMW Driving Experience. There, the two World Superbike riders had some personalized driver training in a BMW 330i; this Personal Coaching is part of the Customized Experience training program offered by the BMW Group within the framework of the BMW Driving Experience.
BMW instructor Jörg Weidinger began the “driving lesson” at the BMW Driver Training centre at Munich Airport by gaining an impression of what each of the top motorcyclists was capable of. He then selected appropriate exercises, which were tailored to the individual needs of Leon and Troy, BMW reported
Jorg Weidinger says: “You can tell that they are both used to pushing a vehicle to the limit. That was no problem for them. They were not the only ones enjoying themselves out there – I was too. You can tell that they are hungry to learn. They asked questions and took advice on board in order to improve and get faster.”
Haslam and Corser learned many things in the four-wheel high-performance driving world, including how to spin the car 180° whilst travelling in reverse.
Troy Corser (BMW Motorrad Superbike) says: “It was fantastic fun. It was a great experience drifting and pulling off manoeuvres that you simply cannot perform in normal road traffic.
“The BMW 330i was really fun and handled very well. The instructor taught us a lot, including handbrake turns and how to control the car properly. The wet-track driving, in which we were able switch from dry to wet conditions, was also good. It was very interesting, for example, to witness how the tyre grip and braking properties change.”
Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Superbike) says: “It was awesome. It was exciting to switch off the traction control and put your foot down. You really feel the power of the engine then. I would not necessarily like to do something like that on a normal road. Things like drifting, reversing and donuts were great fun. Ok, Troy may have beaten me in the races, but it was still excellent to have that competitive element.”