While 6th place among 7 teams and 11th place out of 28 riders may not be what BMW aimed for when entering the 2010 World Super Bike Championship, it points to a very successful season after all. In only their second year on the grid, BMW has thus far achieved all of their successive goals – namely a podium finish.
BMW Motorrad has brought a measured approach to their racing effort in setting realistic – though extremely challenging – goals for their team. In their inaugural year of 2009, the goal was to obtain regular points finishes through the season – and that they achieved, straight out of the box. 2010 brought a more enterprising goal to the table: get on the podium. This they achieved as well, with Troy Corser standing on the third step of the podium in Monza, Italy.
Next year brings with it another defined goal: a race win. Of course, these were goals set long ago at the Motorrad Motorsport factory. As it turns out, the Motorrad riders have more ambitious plans in mind: nothing less than the 2011 World Superbike Championship. Now no one can accuse them of aiming low. Both Troy Corser and Leon Haslam both bring extensive racing success and experience to the fold, and with a machine as capable as the S1000RR, the outlook is promising for their assault on the 2011 World title.
But for now BMW can take a moment of pause, reflecting back on their impressive success in a hotly contested series. In only their second year on the grid, a podium, pole position, and many points followed. The entrenched Japanese and Italian teams must have taken notice. The final results are as follows in the Constructors standings,
In the rider standings,
1. Max Biaggi won the Championship riding his Aprilia, concluding the year with 451 points.
2. Leon Haslam took second place in the championship riding his Suzuki, claiming 376 points.
3. Carlos Checca claimed third in the championship atop his Ducati, on 297 points.
11. Troy Corser took 11th spot in the championship, finishing just 4 points out of the top 10 on 165 points.
15. Ruben Xaus claimed 15th position in the final championship standings on 96 points.
In true BMW fashion, the team will not rest for long before preparations for next year begin. In fact, they will rest exactly one day. On Tuesday, October 5th, Troy Corser and Leon Haslam will take part in their first development session together at Magny Cours, Corser advancing the bike while Haslam becomes acclimatized to his new machine and meets the team.
BMWBLOG would like to congratulate BMW Motorrad on their measured success this year. We eagerly await the 2011 World Superbike Championship, were we foresee a viscous battle embroiling BMW in the Title fight.
Stay tuned to BMWBLOG for the latest news and updates from off season testing. We’ll keep you in the loop as BMW continues their 2011 development work.