Weather conditions: Partly cloudy.
Temperature: Air: 19 – 23 °C, Track: 33 – 40 °C
Number of riders participating: 21 from 12 teams
Fastest lap Free Practice: Michel Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox Team) 1:49.756 min
Fastest lap Qualifying Practice 1: Jakub Smrz (Team PATA B&G Racing) 1:48.517 min
There were a lot of pensive and thoughtful faces in the BMW Motorrad Motorsport garage after the first day of the FIM Superbike World Championship weekend in Salt Lake City (USA). Both the riders, Troy Corser (AUS) and Ruben Xaus (ESP), faced difficulties on the high altitude circuit at Miller Motorsport Park. While Troy finished today’s Qualifying Practice in ninth, Ruben set the 15th fastest time of the session.
Bike: BMW S1000RR
Fastest lap Free Practice: 1:50.494 min (6th) / Fastest lap Qualifying 1: 1:49.040 min (9th)
“We face similar problems to what we did in Kyalami. The harder I try to push, the less the bike works for me. As soon as I open the throttle the rear of the bike sits, and I lose the position and grip, especially in the fast corners. That is why I lose half a second over a lap. We need to work on the chassis and sort that out. Tomorrow will be difficult.
“I traveled to the United States a couple of days before the race weekend. Together with a couple of friends, I did a road trip on a BMW R1200GS from Salt Lake City to the Grand Canyon. The bike is simply made for trips like this: The engine is smooth, the bike is comfortable and not heavy at all. In total, we rode about 1,600 kilometers in three days, and the highest point of the trip was more than 3,600 meters in altitude. It was a fascinating trip.”
Bike: BMW S1000RR
Fastest lap Free Practice: 1:51.830 min (17th) / Fastest lap Qualifying 1: 1:49.961 min (15th)
“Today was a difficult day. We need to find a set-up that will allow me to control and steer the bike better. The bike simply needs to be more rideable. I trust in my crew, and I believe we can perform better tomorrow. ”
Davide Tardozzi (BMW Motorrad Motorsport Team Manager):
“Today was tough for us. We struggled with the top speed, and we also need to get our rear tires working for a longer time. We will now analyze the data and see what we can find for tomorrow.”