The BMW Motorrad Motorsport team had a bittersweet day after accidents for both riders in the two World Superbike races at Assen.
After both riders were knocked out in Superpole 2, the German team were hoping to use their stronger race pace to make progress on Sunday. But in the day's opening race, Leon Haslam lost control of the S1000 RR after climbing up to seventh place, an accident which had knock-on effects in the second race.
“It's been a tough weekend”, said Haslam. “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.”
Despite riding in pain, Haslam showed the pace he had briefly demonstrated earlier in the day, and resisted a pack of five riders to claim fifth place, a result that also leaves him fifth in the championship standings with 68 points.
“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”, Haslam added. “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.”
The roles were reversed on the other side of the garage with Troy Corser starring in race one to finish sixth. The Australian couldn't hit the same heights in race two and crashed out on lap eight, leaving the double World Champion disappointed with the final outcome.
“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.”
Motorsport Director Bernhard Gobmeier reflected on the weekend and offered an explanation for the incidents involving Haslam and Corser.
“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.”