It was a mixed weekend for BMW Motorrad as the checkered flag waved down the main straight. Troy Corser and Rueben Xaus were left wanting more after solid qualifying positions on the second and third row of the grid, and terrific race starts saw both riders battling at the top of the field for the first half of both races. At one point, Corser was racing in 3rd place, but a loss a grip at the halfway point of race 1 saw both Corser and Xaus fall back through the field to 9th and 10th place respectively.
Race two played a similar scenario with Corser racing in 4th place before falling back down the grid due to a lack of rear tire grip. Corser and Xaus went on to finish 9th and 10th place respectively in race 2.
It appears that the S1000RR is suffering from a lack of grip over long distances – though fast over a shorter number of laps. Team Director Berti Hauser plans to correct this issue with further testing, “First of all I am happy that Ruben is back, as this weekend helped him to recover his self-confidence. Although we hoped for better results after the great race starts of Troy and Ruben, we have to improve some chassis settings, as they simply do not have the needed grip on the rear tire when exiting corners, and they just can’t really push hard at the moment. For sure we would have loved to move up the ranks quicker, but we have to accept that racing in this championship is really tough.”
Congratulations to Max Biaggi of Aprilia who won both races on his V-4 Superbike.