In hot and humid conditions at the Misano circuit in the Republic of San Marino, BMW Motorrad Motorsport’s Troy Corser scored the team’s second podium finish of 2010, clearly showing the continuing progress of the ever-improving S1000RR in this year’s Superbike World Championship.
Having qualified in pole position after setting the fastest ever WSBK lap around Misano, Corser made a great start to race one and led comfortably for 16 of the 24 laps, before championship leader Max Biaggi slipped past. Corser then tracked the four-time 250cc World Champion and looked fast and confident on the S1000RR before a rare mistake on lap 18 allowed Carlos Checa through.
These were the positions that race one ended in, with Corser happy to have scored the team’s second podium finish of the year, but frustrated to be still chasing that elusive first victory for BMW Motorrad Motorsport. Team-mate Ruben Xaus was forced to retire from race one after eight laps with a suspected mechanical problem, although this later proved to only be a split oil pipe.
In race two, Ruben’s bad luck continued as he was hit from behind by another rider at the start, hurting his leg and losing his knee slider from the impact, making it too painful to continue racing. Meanwhile, Troy Corser’s superb form was clear to see on the S1000RR, as he was involved in a race-long battle for second place with Haslam, Fabrizio, Crutchlow and Checa, while Max Biaggi took off at the front and secured a double victory. Troy eventually finished this exciting race in 10th place after pushing hard and missing a gear on the final lap which led to him running across the gravel trap, before fortunately recovering to finish the race in the top ten. His great result in race one however, means that he is now sixth in the overall points table.
Troy Corser: “I am really happy with the way this weekend has gone. It has been our best performance so far on the S1000RR, with our first ever pole position and a podium finish in Race one. But at the same time I am also a little disappointed because I felt we had the pace to win both races today. In Race One I felt comfortable leading the race and had it not been for a mistake towards the end of the race I think I would have won the race. It was just a case of trying a little too hard. In Race Two we made some slight changes to the setup to give more grip to the rear wheel, but this meant we lost some feeling from the front tyre and this affected the handling of the bike. Unfortunately at the end of the race I hit a false neutral on the down change which meant I missed my braking marker, forcing me into the gravel. I had to settle for 10th. But another really good weekend and we can now look forward to Brno.”
Ruben Xaus: “This was a day to forget. It started with the technical problem we had in race 1. After the start of the second race I braked hard into the corner but was hit by another rider moving me out. I managed to stay on the bike but at the next direction change I again was hit hard by another rider crashing into my left leg. Again, I stayed on the bike but really felt a strong pain in the leg which made my muscles react very slow. I started missing the gears, and very soon I missed a gear in the corner, and my knee touched the tarmac heavily. I lost my knee pad, and that was it. I will now try to recover for the tests in Imola.”
Berthold Hauser – BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director: “I must give my congratulations to the entire team. Everybody has done a great job over the course of the weekend, and we were rewarded with the results. It was a weekend with ups and downs, but the positives definitely outweigh the negatives. We took our first ever pole position, got another podium finish, and in terms of lap times we are up to speed. Everyone in the team worked really hard this weekend and Troy rode unbelievably well achieving some amazing results. I feel really sorry for Ruben and his crew, this weekend, luck was not on his side. But that’s racing, and we will not hang our heads. I am happy with everyone’s efforts this weekend”
Race one: 1. Biaggi (ITA, Aprilia), 2. C. Checa (ESP, Ducati), 3. Troy Corser (AUS, BMW Motorrad Motorsport), DNF, R Xaus (ESP, BMW Motorrad Motorsport).
Race two: 1. Biaggi ( ITA, Aprilia), 2. L. Haslam (GB, Ducati), 3. M. Fabrizio (ITA, Ducati), 10. Troy Corser (AUS, BMW Motorrad Motorsport), DNF, R Xaus (ESP, BMW Motorrad Motorsport).
Points: 1. Biaggi 307, 2. Haslam 270, 3. Checa 172, 6. Troy Corser (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) 149, 14. Ruben Xaus (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) 53