Haslam sure BMW will go well at Monza

Leon Haslam is confident his BMW will go well at high-speed Monza as he looks to build on a solid start to the 2011 season.
Leon Haslam is confident BMW has what it takes to 'step up' in order to fight for a podium finish during the upcoming World Superbike round at Monza.

The Briton has finished inside the top five in all but one of the opening six races, though he is yet to claim anything better than a single podium result at Phillip Island.

Even so, Haslam is sure the manufacturer is making strides and is in a good position to fight at the front around the high-speed Monza circuit, scene of BMW's first podium result in the hands of Troy Corser.

“I am certainly looking forward to Monza,” he said. “Last year Troy posted a podium place, and I like the circuit. In addition, I believe it suits our bike. After Assen I sat down with the team, and we worked out our plan for the weekend. We know where we stand with our bike, and what still needs to be done.

“I am confident that at Monza we will take another step forward. We have already shown we can constantly race in the top five. We need to step up a bit in order to be in a position to fight for podiums and wins. Yamaha and Aprilia will be quick in Monza, but I have confidence in the package we have developed.”

Corser is also hopeful he can mimic his 2010 performance, though he says a bike's engine strength – rather than set-up – makes the ultimate difference at Monza.

“Last year we had a successful weekend in Monza, managing to celebrate our first podium place for BMW Motorrad Motorsport. From a rider's perspective Monza is not particularly challenging. Here it depends more upon the performance of the bike. It has fast sectors and zones, in which we need to brake very hard.

“We need to ensure we overcome the issues we suffered with our tyres during Superpole in Assen on Saturday and during the second race on Sunday. We have worked hard at eliminating these problems. Our performances on hard tyres have shown we are going in the right direction. I am confident that we will be able to build on this in Monza.”

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

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May 03, 2011 2:09 PM

re: nobodyknow Is English not your first language or can you not construct a coherent sentence. I'm sure he would have liked to have stayed with the Suzuki team as he got on very well with them, but without Suzuki's backing he was not going to win the championship. BMW is a work in progress, they've not been in the championship for very long but Leon is already doing a good job on the bike. More importantly, better than Fabrizio is doing on his old bike, which to me means his decision has been vindicated. It's not his fault if Suzuki couldn't be bothered to give him the bike to win WSBK last year. Instead they pumped more cash into their flagging MotoGP squad.

BenSugden - Unregistered

May 03, 2011 3:54 PM

Might I add a MotoGP team with one rider who bust his hip in race number 2. Bravo Suzuki! Haslam's doing a great job! Hope the changes they made after Assen work and they manage to pull off a decent set of results between them! As for Haslam on a Kawasaki... Seeing as though half the Satellite bikes beat the Kawasaki do you really think he'd want a seat there? ...nope.

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