It’s nearly time for the season opener to kick off the 2010 World Superbike Championship. With one season under their belt, BMW’s factory race team is on the prowl for podiums this year. With 17 top ten finishes in their inaugural year, the team already has much to be proud of. But the men with anxious right wrists have more auspicious plans in mind – Troy Corser and Ruben Xaus will be satisfied with nothing short of a race win.
Ruben has been in recovery from a broken femur sustained in an accident from last year’s race season. Even while still in a leg cast Ruben was back in the gym, pushing himself for a speedy recovery. Now fully recovered and back on the bike, he can focus on what he does best: dragging his knees.
BMW’s S1000RR has been through an intensive development program through the winter and has recently concluded several test sessions in Portugal and Spain. Over 2000 test kilometers have been logged on the new race bikes. Troy and Ruben have thus had ample opportunity to further develop the bike, offering feedback to their engineers. The engine has been further developed with enhanced electronics and the package has been honed to be friendlier at the limit. The S1000RR started off with brilliant aero, and it appears that small advancements have been made here as well.
While we were enthralled to see two BMWs on the grid last year, we are even more excited for 2010 as two more BMWs will line up for the green lights to flash. A private entry, Team Reitwagen will enter two S1000RRs ridden by Andrew Pitt and Roland Resch. In a series where racing is wheel to wheel and the grid is often varied, it is great to know four BMWs will be in the equation. While we expect them to lie sharply behind the factory works team, we do expect the S1000RRs to be competitive, no doubt fighting mid-pack this year.
A brilliant race season awaits us, and it all kicks off this weekend. Stay tuned to BMWBLOG for updates from the race in Phillip Island, Australia