Miller will be the true test - Haslam
Leon Haslam reckons this weekend's race in America will be the true test for BMW to see how far they have come in a year.
BMW struggled at the 2011 round at the Miller Motorsports Park with Haslam bringing his bike home in eighth and 13th places respectively in the two races.
Since then, the team has made massive steps forward, which resulted in Marco Melandri claiming their debut victory at Race One at Donington Park.
Added to Melandri's win, Haslam brought his S1000RR home in second place and was on track for the win in Race Two before a last-lap incident with Melandri and Honda's Jonathan Rea.
The Brit, though, reckons the true test to see how far BMW have come will be their results in America this coming weekend.
"Every weekend now we have been challenging for podiums and have been really close to the win, so we want to do the same in the USA," said Haslam.
"Last year, it was one of our worst race weekends and I am interested to see how the RR works this year with all the improvements we have made.
"One problem last year was that the conditions were changing so frequently, so it was not easy to find a fast set-up.
"We have been watching the forecast for this weekend. The weather looks like being good with temperatures possibly reaching as high as 30 degrees. So hopefully we are going to have some sun."
He added: "The circuit at Miller Motorsports Park is a mixture of many different things.
"For whatever reason, Carlos Checa's way of riding seems to suit this track.
"But I have finished second there before, so we know we can be strong."