BMW Motorrad Team riders Troy Corser and Ruben Xaus will start the first race of the 2010 World Superbike Championship from 13th and 15th place respectively in a 26 bike grid.
Leon Haslam secured pole position with a best time of 1:31.229, securing Suzuki’s first Pole position of the season. Corser and Xaus best qualifying laps of 1:32.430 and 1:32.842 respectively show them 1.2 + seconds off the ultimate pace. Surprisingly, these lap times were set on race spec tires for both BMW riders as the bike was not performing well with the qualifying spec tire.
Former Ducati Xerox Team Manager Davide Tardozzi has joined BMW Motorrad’s WSBK racing effort for the 2010 season. With Davide in the position of Team Manager, BMW Motorrad is in very good hands. Tardozzi has led Ducati for almost 20 years in WSBK to become the winningest team in the series. After the qualifying session earlier today in Australia, he had this to say: “We made a step ahead although the times and the grid positions don’t reflect that too much. For some reason we struggled with the qualifying tyres, and both riders set their fastest lap in today’s Superpole on race tyres. Apart from the starting position we are in a comfortable situation for tomorrow. The team will do their best to finish the races in the best possible positions.”
With a fourth row starting position on the grid, a podium will likely be just out of reach, but with every World Superbike Race divided into two “heats” it is difficult to predict final positions.
We look forward to tomorrow’s two-part race and we’ll be bringing you the race results after all the dust settles.