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.”