Corser: BMW are taking small steps

The former champion explains BMW's approach to improving the S1000RR as the bike continues to make small strides towards the front of the World Superbike field.
Troy Corser says BMW is still taking 'small steps' towards improving its S1000RR World Superbike contender, explaining this as the reason why success is taking longer than many outsiders may have expected.

Corser fronted BMW's category debut in 2009, making important strides during the second season with two podium results and a pole position, though the manufacturer is yet to register a victory.

Though it has shown flashes of speed during the opening two rounds of the 2011 season, particularly in the hands of Corser's new team-mate Leon Haslam, the Australian insists the bike is still developing.

Pointing out that small improvements are more crucial in order to establish a more consistent base package, Corser is nonetheless confident the bike will be a regular podium winner as the season progresses.

“At times it's been frustrating but we are always going forward,” he told “I feel we are starting to understand what changes actually do to the bike, so it's been good. We are moving forward a lot now Leon has come on board. We both want the same things from the bike, which speeds up the process of making changes.

“I hope that we will be standing on the podium regularly. We are not far away and there are some areas we can improve the bike. It just takes a bit of time – we need to take it one step at a time so we don't get confused or lost, which is probably why it is taking longer than many have anticipated.

“But this is the way to do it because you can't make five or six changes to a bike, because you won't know what fixed the problem. I've done this long enough now - you have to make small steps to make an improvement.”

Corser is currently 13th in the standings after four races, while Haslam is third.

Tagged as: BMW , Leon Haslam , Troy Corser , s1000rr

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jake - Unregistered

April 12, 2011 1:00 PM

not really rare. Suzuki, Honda, Yamaha, Kawi, etc..... have all had bikes that had great success in superstock or national series but were off the pace in SBK. Until the latest CBR1000, it seemed that if you didn't have HRC backing you couldn't win on a Honda. So this situation is kind of normal. with the BMW it could be that in stock form it's already at 90% of it's max potential and is struggling to get that last 10% that is required for SBK pace. While the other bike are already pretty close to their max potential WC or not any rider or team can get confused if you throw a bunch of changes at a bike/problem without understanding what each change does. That's all he is saying. but it doesn't look good that Leon has jumped to the front already and has shown race long pace while corser does his usual fast starts, fast fade thing

Stevio - Unregistered

April 12, 2011 3:06 PM

Sounds to me like he is saying Bmw were lost until Haslam came along and told them to get rid of all the electronics and start again! You would have thought someone with Corsors experience would have already thought of doing that but i guess not. It just shows what a good all round world class rider Haslam has become!!!!

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