WSBK » 3 December 2010
BMW completes 2010 testing programme
Race riders Leon Haslam and Troy Corser signal their approval of the changes made to the BMW S1000RR, despite the poor weather conditions.
BMW has completed its testing programme for 2010 following a two-day test at Portimao in which Leon Haslam, his father Ron Haslam, Troy Corser, James Toseland and Steve Martin each enjoyed periods on the bike.
Naturally, race riders Haslam and Corser were charged with the vast majority of the development work on the 2011 iteration of the S1000RR, but test rider Martin and Haslam Snr were both also given a chance to sample the machine.
While poor weather made it difficult to judge ultimate pace as the riders eased off from chasing times, 2010 WSBK runner-up Haslam was content with the progress, which included the use of new Ohlins forks originally designed for use in MotoGP and new brakes.
"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."
Corser, meanwhile, says he is pleased with the co-operation he is receiving from Haslam, claiming they are both making similar requests to BMW as to how to improve the bike, which will enter its third season of WSBK competition in 2011.
"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."
Toseland also got to ride the BMW test machine over the two days before his BMW Italia team receives delivery of the bike he and Ayrton Badovini will race in 2011.
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