Buildbase BMW Motorrad are hopeful that a series of upgrades will boost their hopes of challenging the front runners at Brands Hatch this weekend. 2011 has been a challenging year for the team which has seen John Laverty sidelined with an injury sustained at Snetterton but Team Principal Stuart Hicken has good news to report on that front.

“There’s been lots of positive news this week. John Laverty has now had all his operations and procedures and is now on the road to recovery. In about a week or so he’ll be able to return home to rest in Northern Ireland, which he’s very much looking forward to.”

The Snetterton weekend did see Ian Lowry achieve his best result of the season though with ninth while Barry Burrell has moved up to second in the mirror.co.uk EVO class standings. Hicken believes that further improvements made to the S1000RR machine will give his riders a chance to continue their strong form of late.

“We’ve also now got and fitted the long-awaited uprated gearboxes for the superbikes, which the team are very excited about. Ian Lowry has been steadily improving his results, taking our first top ten finish recently. The new gearbox, the same spec as the ones used by the BMW Motorrad Motorsports WSBK teams, should help him improve even further.”

“And between testing at Cadwell Park and Brands Hatch, Barry Burrell, our BSB-EVO rider and Richard Cooper, our Superstock 1000 racer, went to join in with the action at the Darley Moor races in Derbyshire on their BMW S 1000 RRs – and Richard went on to win. Both Richard and Barry are currently sitting second in their championships, so we’re looking to see if we can improve on their impressive performances as we move into the final third of the season.”