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Leon Haslam will line up alongside Troy Corser in 2011

Category: World Superbike (WSBK)

By: BMW Motorrad Motorsport

BMW Motorrad Motorsport's rider line-up for the 2011 season in the FIM Superbike World Championship is now complete. Riding the second BMW S 1000 RR for the Munich and Stephanskirchen-based team alongside double world champion Troy Corser (38) will be Briton Leon Haslam (27).

"We're extremely excited about working with Troy and Leon," says BMW Motorrad
Motorsport Director Berthold Hauser. "This rider pairing brings together a wealth of
expertise and youthful fighting spirit. We're very pleased to have not only a double world
champion in our team for next year, but also the runner-up in the 2010 World
Championship. It's just the right combination for our recently formed team at this stage of
the project." And Hauser adds: "We've been monitoring Leon for a long time now and
have been more than impressed by his strengths as a rider. We're extremely happy to be
able to welcome him into our team. We have a strong pair of riders in Troy and Leon and
are in no doubt that we'll be able to achieve our ambitious aims with them on board. We
would also like to thank Ruben Xaus, who over the last two years has helped to take the
team to where it is today. We wish him all the best for the future."

Leon Haslam is looking forward to racing for BMW Motorrad. I've watched the progress
of the BMW S1000RR in the past two seasons and the almost constant improvement of
the machine has been very impressive. I'm very much looking forward to riding the
machine and experiencing for myself what I've been watching. The team has shown the
potential to win and the team has the factory support required so I'm hopeful that I can
add the extra little bit that is needed to win. I'm really grateful to BMW for showing such
faith in me and patience during difficult times and we're looking forward together now for
a successful 2011."

Leon Haslam profile:
Date of birth:                    31st  May 1983
Place of birth:                   Smalley/Derbyshire (GBR)
Residence:                        Smalley/Derbyshire (GBR)
Marital status:                   Engaged
Height:                           1.73 m
Weight:                           67 kg
Hobbies:                          Golf, wakeboarding, mountain-biking
Passion:                          My family, motor racing
Favourite circuits:               Phillip Island, Assen, Silverstone
First bike:                       Honda QR 50
First race:                       1987, Argentina, 50cc class
Career highlights:                2006/2008: 2nd in British Superbike Championship
2010: WSBK, Kyalami (RSA), Race 2
2010: Currently 2nd  in the WSBK riders' standings
WSBK history:                     82 races, 19 podiums, 3 wins, 9 second places and 7 third
                    places, 1 pole position, 2 fastest race laps

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