World Superbike: Highs and Lows for BMW Motorrad Motorsport in Assen.

World Superbike: 2011 Superbike World Championship, race report from Assen, The Netherlands

world superbike, 2011 world superbike, world superbike racing, 2011 world superbike racing, 2011 assen world superbike, assen world superbike, assen world superbike racingToday’s World Superbike round from Assen was a day of mixed fortunes for BMW Motorrad Motorsport riders Troy Corser and Leon Haslam. Corser enjoyed a top six finish in race one on his S 1000 RR, but crashed out of race two, while Haslam crashed in race one, yet fought hard to finish in fifth place in race two.

With both RR riders facing the challenges of starting from the third row, race one was packed full of drama.

Troy Corser made a fantastic start from 10th on the grid and was running in third position in the early stages, while Leon Haslam had fought his way from 12th up to seventh, before crashing and rejoining the race in second-to-last place.

While Corser joined a six-way battle for the lead that involved six different motorcycle brands, Haslam began his fight back, with the aim of at least getting up to 15th position and earning championship points. In the end, the determined Brit made it up to 12th place on his RR, collecting four vital points for his efforts. Troy Corser, meanwhile, was rewarded with a sixth-place finish and 10 points, after resisting tough challenges and battling with various riders, including Tom Sykes, Michel Fabrizio, and Eugene Laverty.

Ayrton Badovini enjoyed his joint best result of the season so far, coming home in ninth, while stand-in team-mate Barry Veneman finished in 13th place at his ‘home’ circuit for BMW Motorrad Italia.

Race two was a different story – for both factory riders. Leon Haslam made a much better start this time, into seventh place. And as the leading seven riders broke away from the rest of the pack, Haslam stayed with them. The tough Brit got past Eugene Laverty on the start of the fourth lap, then managed to get in front of Noriyuki Haga later that same lap.

On lap eight, Leon Camier forced his way past Haslam and began to chase down the leaders, but shortly afterwards, Troy Corser’s hopes of another good result ended when he crashed out of contention on Lap 9. For the remainder of the 22-lap race, Haslam had to work unbelievably hard to try and defend his track position, fighting off constant attention from Eugene Laverty, Michel Fabrizio and Noriyuki Haga for the majority of the race to eventually finish in fifth place. BMW Motorrad Italia’s Ayrton Badovini was the other RR rider to finish in the points in race two, when he crossed the line in 15th place.

Leon Haslam “It’s been a tough weekend. We have being encountering a few minor issues which has made lap-by-lap consistency difficult. The situation obviously wasn’t helped by my crash in race one, the back of the bike came round on me unexpectedly and I was unable to stop myself from crashing. I also got clipped by one of the other riders when I was on the floor which meant I was a little sore for race two. Still I got a good start in the second race and managed to get up with the leaders but sadly I was unable to progress through the pack. But we still managed to secure another top five finish and I know that we will go away from here, work hard back at the workshop and prepare well for Monza.”

Troy Corser “The first race was not so bad, I was pretty happy with that. For the second race we just made a few adjustments to the rear shock which improved the bike. But sadly I lost the front tyre going into a corner and crashed out of the race. I am okay, no injuries, but it is disappointing. In the free practice all went okay, but in the race we had some issues with the tyre. But we are now going to analyse that and try to improve it for the next race at Monza.”

Bernhard Gobmeier – BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director: “Overall, we learnt a lot this weekend. In the first race Leon tried to win the race in the first couple of laps – he simply pushed a little too hard and lost the bike. He fought back bravely, but the race was over for him. Troy started the first race with 1 minute 37 second laps but unfortunately was not able to go this pace all race long. His times dropped after five laps. After adjusting traction control his lap times were good again and he finally finished in sixth. In the second race Troy struggled with grip, while Leon started well and was able to defend the fifth position until the chequered flag. We now look forward to going to Monza.”

Results

Race one: 1. Rea (GBR – Honda), 2. Biaggi (ITA – Aprilia), 3. Checa (ESP – Ducati), 6. Troy Corser (AUS – BMW Motorrad Motorsport), 9. Ayrton Badovini (ITA – BMW Motorrad Italia), 12. Leon Haslam (GBR – BMW Motorrad Motorsport), 13. Barry Veneman (NED – BMW Motorrad Italia)

Race two: 1. Checa (ESP – Ducati), 2. Biaggi (ITA – Aprilia), 3. Rea (GBR – Honda), 5. Haslam (GBR – BMW Motorrad Motorsport), 15. Ayrton Badovini (ITA – BMW Motorrad Italia), 17. Barry Veneman (NED – BMW Motorrad Italia), DNF. Troy Corser (AUS – BMW Motorrad Motorsport)

Points: 1. Checa – 132, 2. Biaggi – 89, 3. Melandri – 85, 5. Haslam – 68, 11. Corser – 26, 15. Badovini – 20

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