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Written by Dan Evon, Courtesy of AllAboutBikes.com

wsb_Leonhaslam The 2011 World Superbike season will see a lot of changes to the starting grid. For one, Ducati will no longer be involved with WSB, but two other big announcements were made over the weekend.

Troy Corser, who has led the charge for BMW Motorrad Motorsports throughout the 2010 season, will be joined by Leon Haslam.

Haslam lost out on the World Superbike Championship last weekend, when Max Biaggi clinched the title. But Haslam still has a strong hold on second place, and will be a formidable challenger for the 2011 title.

“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,” Haslam said. “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.”

Corser has claimed to podium finishes this year on the BMW S1000RR, and with Haslam joining the team, BMW should start finding race wins.

“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. 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.”

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