In Magny-Cours (FRA), Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport experienced a tough end to what was overall a successful second season in the 2010 FIM Superbike World Championship. Neither rider finished either race at Magny-Cours. In race 1, Ruben crashed on his third lap in turn 2 after hitting a bump. Troy was fighting with the top guys when the engine of his BMW S1000RR lost power after eight laps and he was forced to park the bike. For race 2, it was decided Ruben would not participate and while Troy started well, he had to stop early with gearbox issues.
Ruben Xaus (ESP) and Troy Corser (AUS) posted a total of eight top-five-finishes, and Troy clinched the team’s first pole position and podium finishes. In the championship standings Troy finished 11th (165 points) and Ruben finished 15th (106 points). In the manufacturers’ standings BMW ended the season sixth out of seven teams with 201 points (2009: 141 points). That’s a good start for a team in only its second year and it meets BMW’s expectations.
Troy Corser, “It has been a really hard weekend for us. We have had some issues with the set-up which has prevented us from taking advantage of two good starts in today’s races. Sadly a technical issue brought an early end to both races, but I know we have the package to succeed in the long term. On the whole it has been a good year for the team, and we can now look forward to next year and developing the 2011 bike. Hopefully we can learn from today and improve so we are ready for the start of next season. I would like to thank the entire team for all their hard work and commitment over the season and I am really looking forward to next year.”
Ruben Xaus, “This is not the way I want to finish the season, and I am really sad. Nevertheless, I am not 100 percent physically fit, and we decided jointly it would be better for me not to start race 2. I will now recover to be ready for the challenges ahead.”
Berthold Hauser (BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director), “Unfortunately we have suffered some bad luck over the last couple of races. Our results did not really reflect the potential of the riders, the team and the bike. We will keep our heads up and look into the future positively. I want to thank Ruben on behalf of the entire team for his commitment. We wish him all the best. Nevertheless, as soon as one season is over another begins: On Tuesday we will test here in Magny-Cours – for the first time with our new rider line-up. Not only Troy, but also Leon Haslam will ride the BMW S1000RR. We want to thank Suzuki Alstare, and in particular Francis and Patricia Batta, for the early release of Leon. Their cooperation has been extraordinary. We really appreciate their magnanimous gesture.”
FIM Superstock 1000 Cup
In the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup Team BMW Motorrad Italia STK rider Ayrton Badovini finished off a superb season with another great result. After having won the first nine races of the season, he finished the race in Magny-Cours second. During warm-up, the Italian was involved in a crash. His left calf was crushed, and subsequently he was in a lot of pain. Hendrik von Kuenheim, General Director BMW Motorrad, says: “Our heartiest congratulations to Ayrton and Team BMW Motorrad Italia STK for this unbelievable season. They were in a class of their own, dominating the season from the very beginning. This performance proves both the superiority of Ayrton and the BMW S1000RR as a production motorcycle in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup.”
Tardozzi Out as WSBK Team Manager
The shake up for BMW Motorrad Motorsports continues with the announcement that Davide Tardozzi and BMW mutually agreeing to part company. This is a surprise considering Tardozzi is leaving after less than one year of a three year contract as BMW Motorrad Team Manager. Tardozzi has been successful as a manager for World Superbike teams (mostly Ducati teams) but apparently his managerial style didn’t fit well with the German team. BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director, Berthold Hauser, says: “With his wealth of experience Davide has been a great help to us this season in his role as Team Manager. However, he and the team had different ideas regarding the structure of the team. We would like to thank Davide for his contribution to a good partnership and wish him all the best for the future.”