Just a short post today.
WSBK et al.
worldsbk.com: WSB arrives at popular African venue for round six.
Today from Worldsuperbike.com a look backÔÇª
worldsbk.com: Corser makes history for BMW
A look forwardÔÇª
worldsbk.com: Aprilia ready to roll again at Kyalami
Meanwhile back in Bavaria the BMW press machine has not been sleeping after the teams first podium. The scheduled S1000RR production run may be oversubscribed for the year but the press value is not.
BMW Motorrad Motorsport - Interview Berthold Hauser
ÔÇó Press Release
Interview with Berthold Hauser.
ÔÇ£WeÔÇÖre not about to start taking it easy.ÔÇØ
Munich/Stephanskirchen, 12th May 2010. With BMW Motorrad Motorsport fresh from recording its first podium finish in the FIM Superbike World Championship, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director Berthold Hauser weighs up the performance of the team and riders Troy Corser and Ruben Xaus.
Berthold Hauser, the race weekend at Monza was the most successful in the still short history of BMW Motorrad Motorsport in the Superbike World Championship. How would you sum up the teamÔÇÖs latest showing?
Berthold Hauser: ÔÇ£This very positive result is deserved reward for all our hard work over the past few weeks. ItÔÇÖs just a good feeling to finally get our first podium. WeÔÇÖve all greatly enjoyed the moment. ItÔÇÖs even surprised us slightly that weÔÇÖve managed to get this far this quickly. However, weÔÇÖre also aware that weÔÇÖre not one of the top teams yet. We still need to develop the necessary consistency to finish on the podium on merit on a regular basis. WeÔÇÖre certainly not about to start taking it easy; instead, weÔÇÖll continue to work purposefully and rigorously to ensure we get back onto the podium as soon as possible. WeÔÇÖre racers and are only satisfied when weÔÇÖre performing well enough to be consistently in with a shout of victory.ÔÇØ
What are the reasons for the teamÔÇÖs upward trajectory?
Berthold Hauser: ÔÇ£We see the last year as a year of development. We had to build up the teamÔÇÖs structures, and processes and workflows had to bed themselves in. We went into our first season on the grid with no experience from the circuits and still without a test crew.
The situation this year looks rather different. WeÔÇÖve been able to build on proven practices and data and have got into the groove of working together; weÔÇÖve made our team structure and processes at the circuits much more professional. Our technical department is doing an outstanding job; the BMW S 1000 RR is a much better machine than a year ago in terms of chassis, engine and electronics. And the riders are really motivated in what theyÔÇÖre doing.ÔÇØ
On the subject of the riders: Troy Corser has made a convincing impression since the start of the season with a string of good results. How would you rate his performances?
Berthold Hauser: ÔÇ£Troy has done a great job from day one this season. HeÔÇÖs impressing us every weekend at the moment with the way heÔÇÖs riding, and heÔÇÖs very professional and single-minded in his work. IÔÇÖm happy with his fitness level ÔÇô although of course thereÔÇÖs always potential for improvement with every rider.ÔÇØ
Ruben Xaus has endured his fair share or criticism at times this season. How do you see his performances up to now?
Berthold Hauser: ÔÇ£Ruben had a lot of bad luck at the start of the season. We knew that it wouldnÔÇÖt make sense to start putting pressure on him ÔÇô Ruben is a consummate professional and has been his own biggest critic. After the race at Phillip Island, Davide Tardozzi, in particular, focused on building up RubenÔÇÖs confidence again. And the results have been impressive over the last two race weekends. Ruben has shown that heÔÇÖs back on track, and posted his best result so far for the team at Monza. I was personally very disappointed that he was unable to finish the second race after becoming the innocent victim of an accident at the start before the first chicane.ÔÇØ
How has Davide Tardozzi fitted into the team?
Berthold Hauser: ÔÇ£Davide looks after team management and operational control for the team at the race tracks. He calls the shots in the pits ÔÇô in terms of how the team is working, but also when it comes to tactical decisions with a direct influence on performance. His many years of experience in motor sport make him an invaluable asset for the team.
The structure of the team presented in January ensures that we are set up well for the future. Team management and team organisation are important roles within the team, and Davide is doing an outstanding job in both these areas. At the same time, this reshuffle has given Rainer B?ñumel the chance to focus on the core areas of Overall Project Management and Engineering.ÔÇØ
Sophomore seasons build on lessons learned in the rookie season. The Hauser interview points to that as he points out in his interview.
ÔÇ£WeÔÇÖve been able to build on proven practices and data and have got into the groove of working together; weÔÇÖve made our team structure and processes at the circuits much more professionalÔÇØ
But what do they have to build with at Kyalami this year? Corser was absent last year due to a crash at Monza. Xaus and the hastily reserve rider collected data but how much and of what value to this year?