The Buildbase BMW Motorrad team are hard at work preparing their four BMW S 1000 RRs for the Bank Holiday Weekend's racing at Thruxton. The riders are looking forward to getting out on track at the Hampshire circuit and capitalising on the recent improvements made to the setup of their bikes.
At the last round at Croft, the team's two British Superbike racers, John Laverty and Ian Lowry, took their first points of the season. BSB-EVO rider Barry Burrell, from nearby Durham, also secured his second podium of the year at his local race. Superstock 1000 rider Richard Cooper secured fourth place in the championship with another top five finish.
Stuart Hicken, team principal, said: "We made breakthroughs with the Superbikes' handling and chassis setup at Croft which let John and Ian take their first points of the season. Since then we've been hard at work on the bikes and making the next step in our development. Both lads have been putting in good lap times but our recent changes, assisted by suspension expert Peter Goddard, have accellerated our progress. This weekend we'll be hoping for more from them both.
"Barry Burrell has done very well, taking two podiums at the past two rounds. He's in with a shot at the title this year so we'll be doing all we can to help improve his confidence in the bike and get him even higher up the podium. Richard Cooper is currently fourth in the Superstock 1000 championship and he's proven he a consistent front runner. I think he's due for his first race win very soon now. Thruxton is one of the fastest circuits on the calendar and we're hoping the nature of the track will give the BMW S 1000 RRs of Barry and Richard a natural advantage thanks to the class-leading power of the stock engine."
Practice begins on Saturday with racing starting on Monday 30 May. The racing will be broadcast live on British Eurosport 2 from 12:30pm.