Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport’s Troy Corser (AUS) achieves the team’s first podium finish in the second FIM Superbike World Championship race in Monza.
Monza, Italy – May 9, 2010:
Weather conditions: Overcast.
Temperature: Air: 68-77 °F, Track: 68-89°F
Number of riders participating: 24 from 15 teams
Fastest lap Race 1: Jonathan Rea (HANNspree Ten Kate Honda) 1:43.031 min
Fastest lap Race 2: Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha Sterilgarda Team) 1:42.937 min
It has been a historic weekend for Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport with Troy Corser (AUS) achieving the team’s first-ever podium finish in the second FIM Superbike World Championship race in Monza. Furthermore, Ruben Xaus (ESP) secured his personal best ever race result with the young team, finishing sixth in the first race. In total, Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport scored 26 points in the manufacturers’ standings.
Hendrik von Kuenheim, General Director BMW Motorrad said: “This weekend has been a historic one for BMW Motorrad. Not only did we prove the BMW S1000RR’s quality with the fourth consecutive win in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup, we also achieved our first-ever podium in the FIM Superbike World Championship. We have reached our season goal quite early. Of course, we will now set new goals to achieve one step at a time. Congratulations to the entire team.”
Bike: BMW S1000RR
Result Race 1: 8th, Gap to 1st: 00:09.344 min / Fastest Lap Race 1: 1:43.449 min
Result Race 2: 3rd, Gap to 1st: 00:05.469 min / Fastest Lap Race 2: 1:43.500 min
“I am so happy. We have put so much hard work into the project up to now having had some difficult and frustrating times. It feels so good to see that all the hard work pays off. The bike is becoming better and better. Between the races we made some set-up changes and the bike stopped much easier, and we had the speed to compete with the top guys. Thanks to all the boys at BMW. It has been a long time coming, and it won’t be the last time.”
Bike: BMW S1000RR
Result Race 1: 6th, Gap to 1st: 00:07.343 min / Fastest Lap Race 1: 1:43.532 min
Result Race 2: DNF
“I felt so good in race one, everything was working so well and I achieved my best ever position on the BMW. I knew I had a good chance to go even better in race two but I was hit from behind on the first lap and I crashed. I am so disappointed with the way I went out of the race because I never even got a chance to get going – there was nothing I could do. However I would like to congratulate Troy and the team for their first podium and I hope we continue this form in South Africa.”
Berthold Hauser (BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director):
“I am absolutely lost for words – what can I say? I am so happy for the team. Our aim this year was to get on the podium and we have achieved that, which really is unbelievable at this stage. We can now go on from here and hopefully get more. I need to thank the team for all their hard work as they have put everything into this project. Troy did a fantastic job today. Also congratulations to Ruben, he showed today that he is back. Ruben achieved his best ever result with BMW. I feel very sorry for him, as it was not his fault that he crashed in the second race.”
In the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup, BMW Motorrad Italia leave their home race with a perfect record of four wins from four races. Ayrton Badovini (ITA) won the race, while teammate Daniele Beretta finished the race third. Hendrik von Kuenheim, General Director BMW Motorrad said: “Four wins from Ayrton Badovini in four races, and a podium for Daniele Beretta is a convincing performance. Congratulations to BMW Motorrad Italia’s Superstock team. So far, the BMW S1000RR is in a class of its own in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup.” Ayrton Badovini now leads the overall riders’ standings with the maximum possible 100 points, ahead of compatriot Michele Magnoni (47) and Frenchman Maxime Berger (46). In the manufacturers’ standings, BMW also leads with 100 points ahead of Honda (73).