Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport experienced a difficult Sunday at Imola in Italy. After encouraging performance on Friday and Saturday, the young team from Germany struggled in the second-to-last race of the season.
In the first race, Troy Corser (AUS) was fighting with the top guys after improving from sixth on the grid to third but he lost positions when he missed his braking point, rode off the track and finally finished 15th. Ruben Xaus (ESP) did not get a good start from eighth on the grid and slipped back. The Catalan fought his way back up through the field and finished 12th. In the second race, both BMW riders made good starts and improved their positions. Over the course of the race, however, both struggled and lost some places to their opponents. Ruben finished ninth, Troy 11th. In the championship standings, Troy climbed up to tenth with 165 points, while Ruben is 13th with 96 points. In the manufacturers’ standings, BMW is sixth (201 points).
“It’s been a really hard weekend for us,” said Troy Corser. “We have had some issues with our set-up, and that has hindered us today. As always the team has worked really hard, but sadly we couldn’t secure a good finish in either race. We made two good starts and when the bike was gripping everything was working well. Sadly once the grip levels dropped off, I just couldn’t do the lap times. I was struggling to get the bike to do what I wanted it to do. We must work hard over the next few days to ensure we improve in time for Magny-Cours.”
Ruben Xaus added, “It was really difficult. My first start was really bad, but at least I then found a good rhythm. My second start was really good, but Troy and I could not defend our positions. It is a frustrating situation, because we know the potential of the bike. We were very strong at some points, but we were also struggling in some corners. And that was where we both lost the positions. We must try to make the bike more flexible in tight corners. Thanks to my team that again worked really hard, now let’s try to have a good last weekend at Magny-Cours.”
Berthold Hauser, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director, said, “At the moment we do not have an explanation for why we struggled so massively today. Unfortunately we could not build on the good basis we achieved in the practice sessions. The fact is today we were not fast enough. We are going to analyze the reason for this knowing we have much more potential. Congratulations to Max Biaggi for winning the World Championship today.”
Result Race 1: 12th, Gap to 1st: 00:25.860 min / Fastest Lap Race 1: 1:50.345 min
Result Race 2: 9th, Gap to 1st: 00:18.249 min / Fastest Lap Race 2: 1:49.787 min
Result Race 1: 15th, Gap to 1st: 00:44.349 min / Fastest Lap Race 1: 1:50.043 min
Result Race 2: 11th, Gap to 1st: 00:23.674 min / Fastest Lap Race 2: 1:49.837 min
FIM Superstock 1000 Cup Results
In the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup, Team BMW Motorrad Italia STK rider Ayrton Badovini continued his unique winning streak. The Italian rode to his ninth victory in the ninth race of the season. He secured a historic early title victory by winning the first seven races of the season.