Xaus Out; Haslam Joins BMW for 2011 WSBK

Xaus Out; Haslam Joins BMW for 2011 WSBK

Since the announcement last week that Troy Corser had signed on to ride for BMW in 2011 we wondered about the absence of any mention of BMW’s other WSBK rider, Ruben Xaus. Now we know why. In a press release today, BMW announced Leon Haslam will line up alongside Troy Corser for BMW Motorrad Motorsport in the 2011 FIM Superbike World Championship.

“We’re extremely excited about working with Troy and Leon,” says BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director Berthold Hauser. “This rider pairing brings together a wealth of expertise and youthful fighting spirit. We’re very pleased to have not only a double world champion [Troy Corser] in our team for next year, but also the runner-up in the 2010 World Championship. It’s just the right combination for our recently formed team at this stage of the project.” And Hauser adds: “We’ve been monitoring Leon for a long time now and have been more than impressed by his strengths as a rider. We’re extremely happy to be able to welcome him into our team. We have a strong pair of riders in Troy and Leon and are in no doubt that we’ll be able to achieve our ambitious aims with them on board. We would also like to thank Ruben Xaus, who over the last two years has helped to take the team to where it is today. We wish him all the best for the future.”

Leon Haslam is looking forward to racing for BMW Motorrad. “I’ve watched the progress of the BMW S1000RR in the past two seasons and the almost constant improvement of the machine has been very impressive. I’m very much looking forward to riding the machine and experiencing for myself what I’ve been watching. The team has shown the potential to win and the team has the factory support required so I’m hopeful that I can add the extra little bit that is needed to win. I’m really grateful to BMW for showing such faith in me and patience during difficult times and we’re looking forward together now for a successful 2011.”

Leon Haslam profile:

Date of birth: May 31, 1983
Place of birth: Smalley/Derbyshire (GBR)
Residence: Smalley/Derbyshire (GBR)
Marital status: Engaged
Height: 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight: 148 lb (67 kg)
Hobbies: Golf, wakeboarding, mountain-biking
Passion: My family, motor racing
Favorite circuits: Phillip Island, Assen, Silverstone
First bike: Honda QR 50
First race: 1987, Argentina, 50cc class
Career highlights: 2006/2008: 2nd in British Superbike Championship
2010: WSBK, Kyalami (RSA), Race 2
2010: Currently 2nd in the WSBK riders’ standings
WSBK history: 82 races, 19 podiums, 3 wins, 9 second places and 7 third places, 1 pole position, 2 fastest race laps
Website: www.leonhaslam.com

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