Updated (see below). The sixth round of the 2011 FIM Superbike World Championship at Misano, Italy, started with mixed emotions for the Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport. Works riders, Leon Haslam (GBR) and Troy Corser (AUS), finished third and fourth in the first Free Practice on Friday. But in the final minutes of the first Qualifying Session Troy crashed in turn eight and had to be taken to the medical center. After being checked by the medical staff it was found he had suffered no serious injuries. Rainer Bäumel (Head of Race Operations) said, “Troy seems to be okay with no serious injuries. He obviously was following Carlos Checa and then highsided in a pretty fast corner heavily.”
The decision as to whether it will be possible for him to ride tomorrow will be made in the morning according to his physical conditions. Troy provisionally qualified fifth. Leon tried several solutions for his BMW S1000RR and finished the day 11th. “We were trying a lot of different strategies with the bike, and I think we have made some positive moves today,” said Leon Haslam. “We were not really caring about lap times and did most of the session with the same tire. Then at the end of the session, I still put in my best time after ten laps. Now we just have to put all the bits and pieces together for tomorrow, but I am feeling pretty confident.”
While we wait to hear whether Troy will ride, we do know James Toseland will not be on the grid for the BMW Motorrad Italia SBK Team. New tests on his wrist, injured during private tests conducted in Aragon in March and further stressed during the Miller race 11 days ago, show it needs additional time to heal. James and the team have decided to rest him for the next two competitions.
Racing for the BMW Motorrad Italia Team at Misano Adriatico (IT) and Aragon (ES) will be Italian rider Lorenzo Lanzi. Lanzi, age 29, has good international experience. He made his debut in 1996 riding an Aprilia RS in the Italian Sport Production Championship, moving on in 2001 to the World Motorcycle Championship in the 250 class. In 2003 he debuted in the FIM Superstock Cup with the Ducati team; the following year he took part in the World Supersport Championship, and starting in 2005 he was lined up in the World Superbike Championship where, riding for various teams, he continued to race until 2010. In the World SBK Championship he claimed three victories – two in 2005 and the third in 2008. In 2010 he was on the podium in the first race in Imola.
Update 6/11/11: Troy Corser has been given the green light to ride in today’s sessions at Misano. Medical checks after his highsider yesterday afternoon showed he suffered no serious injuries but had severe bruising on his lower back, his right hip and right elbow. He also has some skin abrasions. This morning another examination at the medical center found him fit to ride.
“I am okay,” said Troy. “Actually I feel better than I thought I would this morning. I am still a bit stiff on my back and my hip. But I had a good night of sleep, so we will see. Generally I feel not too bad. I know that it is going to be hard work on the bike. I will do just some laps this morning. It is good that we tested here, so we do not have to do a lot of laps as we have a pretty good setting for the bike already.”