Disappointment for BMW at Utah WSBK

Disappointment for BMW at Utah WSBK

It was a disappointing weekend for Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport in the fifth round of the 2011 FIM Superbike World Championship. Leon Haslam only managed a best of eighth place in the first race at the track in Salt Lake City, UT. He came in 13th in the second race with his teammate Troy Corser managing 13th in race 1 and crashing in the second race.

Ayrton Badovini of the BMW Motorrad Italia Superbike Team, on the other hand, beat the factory team with a top ten finish in both races —  seventh and ninth. James Toseland continued his recovery with a 15th place finish in the first race but pulled out of the second race with continued pain from his prior wrist injury.

BMW Motorrad Motorsport Riders Leon Haslam and Troy Corser in Salt Lake City, UT.

Troy fighting the rain in qualifying.

Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport saw room for improvement after the first qualifying session. Troy Corser and Leon Haslam qualified in fifth and 16th respectively. The BMW Motorrad Italia Superbike team was happy with Ayrton Badovini setting the tenth fastest time which, as rain moved in, guaranted him entry into Superpole. James Toseland, making his full return after attempting to complete at Monza, was having difficulty with right-handers and finished in 18th and out of Superpole competition.

After working hard in rainy and exceptionally cold conditions the following day, Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport left the track disappointed. Troy finished the Superpole Qualifying sixth, and Leon 12th putting them on the second and third rows respectively. It rained persistently until the start of the Superpole Qualifying. While Troy made it into the third and final session, Leon crashed in turn six on a quick lap close to the end of the second session. Ayrton Badovini of the BMW Motorrad Italia Superbike Team, rode in the final round of Superpole for the first time this season and finished with the eighth fastest time putting him on the second row.

In race 1, Troy made an incredible start from sixth and passed the top five riders on the way to the first corner. He was able to defend his position for the first five laps, but then faced serious tire wear. After setting the second fastest lap of the race on lap four, his lap times dropped and Troy only finished the race 13th. Leon fought his way from 12th up to sixth, but had to fight issues with his traction control during the race and finished eighth. Ayrton rode well and moved up finishing the race in seventh place.

In the second race Troy crashed on lap three when he touched the curb of “First Attitude” corner with his engine casing. He could not finish the race. Leon finished 13th. Ayrton fought with Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea in race 2, earning ninth place.

Leon Haslam

Ayrton Badovini

Leon left saying, “This was a race weekend to forget. We have identified some issues, and we have to solve these. I am confident the entire team will work hard to take us further up the order soon. We need to go away from here and regroup if we want to be strong for the next races. We must now look to move forward with the bike.”

Troy added, “We are disappointed with the way the weekend has ended. I felt like we had a good setup for both the wet and dry conditions, and I was really confident going into today’s races. In race one I got away well and led the early laps. The bike felt good for the first five to six laps. Then the grip from the rear tire became a real issue. I don’t know why it happened, so we need to have a look at the data and see. In race two I decided to take it a bit easier in the early laps to save the tires, but I began to lose too many positions. So I then started to push and clipped the curb with my engine casing and lost the front – crashing out of the race. On the whole it was a difficult weekend and one we need to analyze in more detail.”

Race 1 Results:

1. Carlos Checa (ESP) Althea Ducati 1098R 38mins 46.915secs
2. Jakub Smrz (CZE) Effenbert Liberty Ducati 1098R +2.766s
3. Sylvain Guintoli (FRA) Effenbert Liberty Ducati 1098R +4.093s
4. Leon Camier (GBR) Aprilia Alitalia Racing RSV-4 +8.885s
5. Eugene Laverty (IRL) Yamaha WSBK YZF R1 +15.718s
6. Tom Sykes (GBR) Kawasaki RTS ZX-10R +20.477s
7. Ayrton Badovini (ITA) BMW Italia S1000RR +22.170s
8. Leon Haslam (GBR) BMW Motorrad S1000RR +22.267s
9. Noriyuki Haga (JPN) PATA Aprilia RSV-4 +24.087s
10. Marco Melandri (ITA) Yamaha WSBK YZF R1 +27.150s
11. Maxime Berger (FRA) Supersonic Ducati 1098R +29.422s
12. Josh Waters (AUS) Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 +33.428s
13. Troy Corser (AUS) BMW Motorrad S1000RR +36.573s
14. Joan Lascorz (ESP) Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R +1min 05.369s
15. James Toseland (GBR) BMW Italia S1000RR +1min 14.382s

Race 2 Results:

1. Carlos Checa (ESP) Althea Ducati 1098R 38mins 22.202secs
2. Leon Camier (GBR) Aprilia Alitalia Racing RSV-4 +7.194s
3. Max Biaggi (ITA) Aprilia Alitalia Racing RSV-4 +8.734s
4. Eugene Laverty (IRL) Yamaha WSBK YZF R1 +14.214s
5. Michel Fabrizio (ITA) Suzuki Alstare GSX-R1000 +14.750s
6. Marco Melandri (ITA) Yamaha WSBK YZF R1 +21.634s
7. Sylvain Guintoli (FRA) Effenbert Liberty Ducati 1098R +24.079s
8. Jakub Smrz (CZE) Effenbert Liberty Ducati 1098R +25.688s
9. Ayrton Badovini (ITA) BMW Italia S1000RR +29.621s
10. Tom Sykes (GBR) Kawasaki RTS ZX-10R +30.681s
11. Jonathan Rea (GBR) Castrol Honda CBR1000RR +31.033s
12. Joan Lascorz (ESP) Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R +37.063s
13. Leon Haslam (GBR) BMW Motorrad S1000RR +37.455s
14. Maxime Berger (FRA) Supersonic Ducati 1098R +40.509s
15. Josh Waters (AUS) Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 +40.894s

20. Troy Corser (AUS) BMW Motorrad S1000RR 2 laps completed
DNS James Toseland (GBR) BMW Italia S1000RR

2011 World Superbike Championship rider standings

After round 5 of 13, (previous round position in parenthesis)

1.(1) Carlos Checa, Althea Ducati 195 points
2.(2) Marco Melandri, Yamaha SBK134
3.(3) Max Biaggi, Aprilia Alitalia133
4.(5) Eugene Laverty, Yamaha SBK109
5.(6) Leon Haslam, BMW Motorrad 95
6.(4) Jonathan Rea, Castrol Honda 94
7.(8) Leon Camier, Aprilia Alitalia 91
8.(7) Michel Fabrizio, Suzuki Alstare 85
9.(9) Jakub Smrz, Effenbert-Liberty Ducati 83
10.(16) Sylvain Guintoli, Effenbert-Liberty Ducati 54
11.(10) Noriyuki Haga, PATA Aprilia 54
12.(12) Ayrton Badovini, BMW Italia 51
13.(13) Tom Sykes, Kawasaki RTS 50
14.(11) Troy Corser, BMW Motorrad 49
15.(14) Joan Lascorz, Kawasaki Racing 39
16.(15) Ruben Xaus, Castrol Honda 31
17.(17) Roberto Rolfo, Pedercini Kawasaki 15
18.(19) Maxime Berger, Supersonic Ducati 12
19.(18) Mark Aitchison, Pedercini Kawasaki 9
20.(21) Josh Waters, Yoshimura Suzuki 8
21.(20) Barry Veneman, BMW Italia 3
22.(22) James Toseland, BMW Italia 3
23.(23) Bryan Staring, Pedercini Kawasaki 1
24.(24) Fabrizio Lai, Echo CRS Honda 1

2011 World Superbike Championship manufacturer standings

1.(1) Ducati 202 points
2.(3) Aprilia 172
3.(2) Yamaha 171
4.(4) BMW 117
5.(5) Honda 98
6.(6) Suzuki 89
7.(7) Kawasaki 69

+

Related News:

Leave a reply