Update: The injury to BMW Motorrad Italia rider, James Toseland, is more serious than first thought. He has suffered a fracture to the distal radius of the right wrist in the fall at the Motorland Aragon circuit (see initial report below). After having surgery at Manchester Hospital, James must rest for six weeks which will keep him out of, at least, the second and third rounds of the Superbike World Championships. Andrea Buzzoni, Director of BMW Motorrad Italy, said, “After an initial error in the Spanish hospital where doctors underestimated the problem with his wrist which led to complications over and above the accident damage, James is recovering with great spirit, determination and positive attitude, because—like us—he is excited about the project. He believes in it and wants to return as soon as possible. James does not want to be replaced, nor do we like to think about replacing him, but that will be assessed with time as James’ medical progress becomes apparent.”
Following a successful start to the season on Phillip Island, Australia, the BMW Motorrad Motorsport team now heads to Britain for the second round of the 2011 FIM Superbike World Championship. Donington is the venue for the first European races of the season from March 25th to 27th.
Works rider Leon Haslam (GBR) gave BMW Motorrad Motorsport team their first podium finish of the season in Australia. The new member of the team finished third in his first race on the BMW S1000RR. The team in Stephanskirchen and Munich have used the break since the first race weekend to perform an intense analysis of the data acquired in Australia, in order to further optimize the bikes of Leon and his team-mate Troy Corser (AUS). Leon is currently lying in fourth place with 27 points in this season’s Riders’ Championship, while Troy is in 14th place with six points. In the Manufacturers’ Championship, BMW is in fourth place with 27 points.
Both BMW Motorrad Motorsport riders have a close personal connection to Donington. This is Leon’s home track. He lives nearby and his father Ron Haslam runs a racing school at the circuit. Troy met his wife Sam in Donington.
Meanwhile the BMW Motorrad Italia Superbike Team carried out two days of testing in Motorland Aragon, Spain, in preparation for the second round of Superbike races. Unfortunately early in the afternoon of the second day of testing, James Toseland was the victim of a highsider at the exit of turn ten hitting his helmet and his right wrist violently. He was taken to Alcaniz Hospital where he underwent checks that showed he had not suffered any injuries to his head but had a small fracture to the wrist. Toseland immediately returned to Britain and went to a specialist hospital in Manchester. He will not be able to race in Donington.
BMW Motorrad Italia’s other rider, Ayrton Badovini, completed about 100 laps. He was continuing the development work after the team’s Phillip Island results were not as good as expected. Working with the Superbike riders were also the team’s Superstock riders Lorenzo Zanetti and Sylvain Barrier. They have worked long and hard setting times lower than those of other riders who were testing at this circuit last November.