Leon Haslam gave BMW its best-ever set over results over a single World Superbike Championship weekend as he finished third and fourth at Magny-Cours.
The Briton notched up only his third podium finish aboard the S1000RR this year, and his first since Monza, with a fine ride in race one, the BMW showing greater consistency over a longer distance in France than it has done in other races.
Indeed, Haslam even progressed up to third late on with a pass on Eugene Laverty to secure what remains only the manufacturer's fifth-ever podium.
“I have not been on the podium too many times this year, so we will take every opportunity. In the early laps of race one I was struggling a little bit, but then everything started to feel better. It was a good battle all the way with Marco and Eugene for the podium spots.”
Though he couldn't quite replicate that result in race two, fourth place means Haslam's total haul of 29 points is the highest BMW has ever-recorded on a race weekend, while it also ensures the manufacturer is firmed in fourth overall for its third WSBK season.
“In race two we had a few issues with the hotter conditions which prevented us from getting another podium finish. Certainly we are happy with two strong results like we had today, but there is still room for improvement. Still we all understand the areas where we need to work and we will go away from here and focus on putting everything right in time for Portimao.”
Haslam's results come after BMW confirmed Yamaha's 2011 season runner-up Marco Melandri will be joining the manufacturer for the 2012 season.