Leon Haslam will continue with BMW Motorrad into the 2012 World Superbike Championship season after extending his contract with the manufacturer.
The Briton switched to BMW for 2011 after finishing runner-up to Max Biaggi aboard a Suzuki Alstare in 2010, his third different team and manufacturer in as many seasons having made a return to the world stage in 2009 with Stiggy Honda.
Though the BMW hasn't established itself as the title contender he's originally hoped, Haslam has posted notable results on the S1000RR, with podiums at Phillip Island and Monza, and is currently fifth in the standings with three rounds remaining.
With this in mind, Haslam is keen to maintain some continuity, leading to the decision to remain with the manufacturer-backed team into 2012.
“I am really happy to continue the relationship with BMW Motorrad, and I have full faith in the project. I cannot wait for the next year to start and to fight for the World Championship again. Now I can fully focus on the final three rounds of the 2011 season. I am optimistic to finish the year on a high.”
BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director Bernhard Gobmeier is also delighted to be retaining Haslam for another season.
“We're delighted to be working with Leon again next season. Leon has impressed us from day one. We value and share his ambition, passion and absolute will to win. I'm in no doubt that we'll be able to achieve our goals together.”
BMW says it will confirm its second rider at a later stage, though the likes of Marco Melandri have been linked with taking the place of Troy Corser.