News 12 Sep 2011

Haslam re-signs with BMW WSBK team for 2012, Corser uncertain

British rider Leon Haslam will remain with the BMW Motorrad Motorsport team in the Superbike World Championship for the 2012 season.

The 28-year-old from Smalley in Derbyshire will therefore ride a factory bike for the Munich-based manufacturer once again next season.

Haslam has so far collected two podium finishes (Phillip Island and Monza) and currently lies fifth in the WSBK championship standings with 176 points in his first season for BMW Motorrad Motorsport.

“We’re delighted to be working with Leon again next season,” says BMW Motorrad Motorsport director Bernhard Gobmeier. “Leon has impressed us from day one.

“We value and share his ambition, passion and absolute will to win. I’m in no doubt that we’ll be able to achieve our goals together.”

Haslam said he too is excited for the opportunity that awaits in his second full season with the German team.

“I am really happy to continue the relationship with BMW Motorrad, and I have full faith in the project,” Haslam said. “I cannot wait for the next year to start and to fight for the world championship again.

“Now I can fully focus on the final three rounds of the 2011 season. I am optimistic to finish the year on a high.”

The identity of the team’s second factory rider for the 2012 season will be announced at a later stage, with Australia’s Troy Corser uncertain at this point in the season.