After last week’s test at the Eastern Creek International Raceway in Sydney, Australia, Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport and works riders, Troy Corser (AUS) and Leon Haslam (GBR), traveled to Phillip Island which is just south of Melbourne, Australia. There the team continued its preparation for the 2011 FIM Superbike World Championship with two more test days. Weather conditions again were very hot, especially on the first day, with air temperatures up to 95°F (35°C) and track temperatures up to 131°F (55°C). On the second day it was cooler but still dry. The team completed a total of 677 miles (1,090 km) of testing.
The Team focused mainly on electronics again. Since Phillip Island hosts the 2011 WSBK season opener in three weeks, the team also worked on the chassis and setting up the BMW S1000RR specifically for the Australian race track.
Unfortunately, Troy had a fall on the first of the two test days. He was not seriously injured but suffered some painful bruises. He and the team decided he would not ride on the second day. With Leon the team could go through an extensive test program and his results showed that everything is heading in the right direction.
“We were still focusing on electronics and worked on a setup for this race track,” said Leon Haslam. “This was important as in three weeks time we are going to have our first races of the season here. We have already found a good base to work on. I am happy; we made some good progress. My lap times were quite good for these hot conditions. Of course we still have some work to do before the season starts but I am happy with the progress we made so far. The bike improved a lot in the last month.
I am now traveling to Brisbane with my wife and my trainer. We are going to spend two weeks training there before flying back to Phillip Island for the official test and the season opener. I am already looking forward to race again at last. We now don’t have long to wait until we will find out where everybody stands.”
The team is satisfied with this test and feels they are prepared for the official test and the season opener in Phillip Island. The official winter testing of the FIM Superbike World Championship will take place in Phillip Island on February 21-22 with the season starting the following weekend.