Buildbase BMW heads to the second round of the MCE British Superbike Championship looking to make further progress with its new machinery after a troublesome time at Brands Hatch.
The former Kawasaki customer team switched to BMW over the winter, but an all-new bike and a lack of pre-season testing saw riders John Laverty and Ian Lowry struggle in and around the top twenty throughout the weekend.
Even so, while Lowry failed to finish either race and Laverty was forced to skip race two after a crash in the first encounter, Buildbase BMW boss Stuart Hicken is nonetheless convinced the team is heading in the right direction.
"The lads are chomping at the bit to get out on track at Oulton Park. Brands Hatch Indy was a real learning experience for us, we'd had so little time on the bikes that every time we went out on track, we were trying something different. But the very good news is that every session we were improving, so we're all moving in the right direction.
"We could have done without Ian Lowry and John Laverty both being knocked off by other riders, of course! Ian's none the worse for it but John's had the tip of his finger removed after the fall.”
“We've had a fair bit of work to do to get their bikes rebuilt and improve the setup ahead of Oulton Park. Richard [Cooper in Superstock] and Barry [Burrell in BSB EVO} both brought their bikes home with solid finishes and got us our first points of 2011, with lots more to come. All we're hoping for now is that this glorious weather holds out, as our BMW S 1000 RRs will really get to grips with the longer, faster Oulton Park circuit."