BMW's efforts of becoming a substantial World Superbike player continued into the summer break after the manufacturer undertook the first of three imminent tests at Mugello with Troy Corser and Steve Martin.

The German manufacturer has shown impressive form in what is only its sophomore season at this level, particularly in the hands of Corser, who recorded BMW's first podium finish at Monza.

The team isn't resting on its laurels, however, having travelled to Mugello to sample new developments. With further tests at Misano (this week) and Imola planned, BMW team manager Davide Tardozzi has identified the Silverstone round in August as a potential turning point in the team's season.

"With Troy we tested things to improve weight transfer and the position of the bike, the balance of the bike, let us say," the former Ducati head said.

"I think Troy was pretty satisfied about the test and I hope that after Misano and maybe Imola test, we can increase. Our task is to make a big step for Silverstone."

Corser and Martin were joined at the test by Jakub Smrz, who is evaluating the possibility of switching bikes for the 2011 season, albeit still with the B&G Racing team.



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