Published on 26 Nov 2011 by Toni M.
BMW’s Superbike team just finished up a positive three day development test at Jerez on the 2012 version of the BMW S 1000 RR. Even if lap times weren’t released by team, the usual moles reporting that Leon Haslam and Marco Melandri were lapping above the’1’43″ on day 1 and in the low 1.42s on day 2.
The team worked on the chassis and the revised BMW electronics (reportedly they have finally switched to a Magneti Marelli package). Testing including various set-up solutions for the new engine specification (improved rideability and low end torque) and modified frame geometry of the 2012 bike as the aerodynamics have been optimised and modified according to the new 2012 production RR design.
“This test went really well,” said Haslam. “We made some good progress over these three days. We did a lot of development for next season and here we have been able to tick many boxes on our things-to-do-list. We also worked very productively regarding engine mapping and ride dynamic strategies. Overall, the team spirit is really high. We have a few new people in the garage and everyone is working together very well. Now we are looking forward to another three days in Portugal.”
No comment was made by Marco Melandri as he is still probably under contract with Yamaha till the end of the year as he tweeted “Last day in jerez been no easy but in the end we made step haed.thanks to all my boys!” also adding “Sorry but till 1st of january i can’t give u any comment on new bike”
BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director Bernhard Gobmeier said, “We were able to complete an extensive test programme and gather important data and information in all areas of the bike. We have seen that we are on the right track with our 2012 version of the RR. We have another three test days with a packed schedule ahead of us in Portimão next week. The knowledge gained in Spain and Portugal will form an important basis for the ‘homework’ that lies ahead in the coming weeks before the season starts at Phillip Island in February.”
The team is now heading to Portimao on Monday for another three-day test alongside Crescent Suzuki and Aprilia.
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