Earlier today in Australia, Troy Corser raced for BMW Motorrad atop an S1000RR to a solid 7th place finish in Race 2. Race 1 saw Troy finish in 9th position after overtaking a rider who crashed out late in the race.
Ruben Xaus had a collision with another rider during his warm up, and after consultation with the team doctor, decided not to race. We’re glad to report Ruben has no significant injuries, but rather was ‘shaken up’ by the accident.
Further down the grid, the private entry of Team Reitwagen Racing secured a mid-pack result, crossing the checkered flag in 15th position after both races. For their first race, 15th is a very respectable result. We look forward to seeing them race alongside the factory racers in the future.
Head of BMW Motorrad race bike development, Berthold Hauser had this to say after the race: “The weekend was like a rollercoaster and we had a lot of difficulties to overcome. We had to manage the pressure on the team, deal with some technical issues and of course I feel sorry for Ruben who decided not to race due to his crash in today’s warm-up session. However, the team kept focused and did a fantastic job. We are definitely closer to the top teams than last year. Thanks to everybody in the team, and thanks to Troy who had a great second race. We can now travel back to Europe with our heads held high. Also congratulations to Reitwagen Racing who did a really good job this weekend.”
Suzuki and Ducati split the trophies, each securing victory in race 1 and race 2 respectively.
The World Superbike Championship now heads to Portimao Circuit in Portugal for the second race of the season.