A Pair of Fourths for BMW at Donington WSBK

A Pair of Fourths for BMW at Donington WSBK

Leon Haslam missed picking up his second podium finish for BMW Motorrad Motorsport by 0.3 seconds in the first race at Donington Park in the UK. And he managed to fight his way to fourth place again in the second race. Racing was harder for Troy Corser who finished 9th and 13th. The BMW Motorrad Italia Superbike team was able to improve upon their poor showing in Phillip Island with Ayrton Badovini finishing 13th and 9th at Donington. Their second rider, James Toseland, didn’t race because of a wrist injuries suffered in a private practice.

Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport had an encouraging start to the second round of the FIM Superbike World Championship 2011 at Donington. Works rider Leon Haslam, who lives near the race track, dominated the first half of the first qualifying session, setting a string of fastest times. In the second half of the session his teammate Troy Corser was second for a long time. In the end, Leon finished qualifying in sixth and Troy in seventh.

In Superpole Qualifying, Leon secured the second best qualifying result ever for the team, finishing second. While Troy managed tenth position allowing both riders to start the races from the front row. BMW Motorrad Italia Superbike team’s Ayrton Badovini showed improvements during qualifying but ended qualifying in 12th which was not good enough to get into Superpole.

In the first race, Leon started second and took the lead straight away and kept it until lap six. Later on he had some issues, but was still third starting the final lap. Just a few corners before the finish Leon dropped back to fourth and finished just 0.3 seconds from third place. Troy made up some positions at the start, but struggled with low grip and finally finished ninth. At the start of race 2, Leon again stormed into the lead, and in the opening laps he had a fight at the front. But on lap eight he had a highsider and fell back. Right to the checkered flag Leon was fighting his way back through the field and made it to fourth. Troy finished another difficult race 13th.

2011 World Superbike

Donington Race 1 Results:

1. Marco Melandri (Yamaha)
2. Jakub Smrz (Ducati)
3. Carlos Checa (Ducati)
4. Leon Haslam (BMW)
5. Jonathan Rea (Honda)
6. Noriyuki Haga (Aprilia)
7. Max Biaggi (Aprilia)
8. Leon Camier (Aprilia)
9. Troy Corser (BMW)
10. Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki)
11. Sylvain Guintoli (Ducati)
12. Ruben Xaus (Honda)
13. Ayrton Badovini (BMW)
14. Roberto Rolfo (Kawasaki)
15. Mark Aitchison (Kawasaki)

Donington Race 2 Results:

1. Carlos Checa (Ducati)
2. Marco Melandri (Yamaha)
3. Leon Camier (Aprilia)
4. Leon Haslam (BMW)
5. Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki)
6. Jonathan Rea (Honda)
7. Michel Fabrizio (Suzuki)
8. Jakub Smrz (Ducati)
9. Ayrton Badovini (BMW)
10. Ruben Xaus (Honda)
11. Sylvain Guintoli (Ducati)
12. Tom Sykes (Kawasaki)
13. Troy Corser (BMW)
14. Eugene Laverty (Yamaha)
15. Roberto Rolfo (Kawasaki)

2011 World Superbike Championship Points:

1. Carlos Checa, 91
2. Marco Melandri, 72
3. Leon Haslam, 53
4. Max Biaggi, 49
5. Jakub Smrz, 42
6. Jonathan Rea, 38
7. Leon Camier, 37
8. Michel Fabrizio, 27
9. Noriyuki Haga, 26
10. Tom Sykes, 19

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