BMW’s S1000RR showed its pace in this third round of the 2010 World Superbike Championship. After securing a strong second row starting position on the grid, BMW’s Troy Corser went on to finish in 4th place in Race 1 of the two-part race. Having finished just 4.2 seconds off the race winning time of Haslam’s Suzuki, BMW Motorrad have much to celebrate this weekend.
There is more to the story however; when the lights went green Troy perfectly launched his S1000RR past the 4 riders ahead of him and took the race lead from the first corner! BMW Motorrad’s Spanish fans were excitedly cheering BMW’s first laps led in modern Superbike racing. Unfortunately, an overzealous passing attempt by Carlos Checa spoiled Troy’s race lead as Checa could not complete the pass and crashed out on his Ducati – forcing Troy to take evasive measures. The following bikes caught up and eventually passed Troy leaving him just off the podium. Ruben Xaus finished Race 1 in 12th position after starting down the field in 17th place. The private S1000RR of Team Reitwagen finished the first of two Races in 15th place; their other entry did not finish Race 1.
Race 2 did not play out as well with Ruben Xaus and Troy Corser finishing mid-pack in 11th and 12th places respectively. This after an “aggregate” points tally was completed for Race 2 since it was red flagged and had to be restarted. The results for Race 2 were combined from the first part of the Race before the red flag and the restarted race. Team Reitwagen’s private entry S1000RRs finished in 16th and 18th place in Race 2, a respectable weekend for this new, private team.
It is with great anticipation that we look forward to the 4th round of the 2010 WSBK Championship. We will leave you with the following quotes from BMW Motorrad’s Team:
Troy Corser: “Race one was great for me. The results are what I expect from myself and it shows what the bike is capable of. If we can make the bike work like it did in the first race at other race tracks we can be really competitive everywhere. The bike is improving all the time, so all in all I am happy. We encountered some grip issues in race two but we can learn from that and look forward to Assen.”
Ruben Xaus: “I am not so disappointed with how things went this weekend. I improved with every session, but I think I just need more time on the bike. This track is quite difficult for me and we struggled with set-up. We didn’t qualify well and starting from the fifth row you leave yourself with a lot of work to do. The racing was tight all the way through the field and I battled hard all race. We can now look forward to Assen now, which is a track that I really enjoy so I think we can be strong. I must thank the team for all their hard work and congratulate Troy for race one.”
Berti Hauser, Team Director: “This weekend we achieved our best result so far with the S 1000 RR and we saw that we can get close and run with the top guys. The new software we brought this weekend is working well and we saw evidence of that through qualifying and race 1. We have to go away now and look at the data from race two and identify what happened. Nevertheless, I am happy for the riders and the team. We can definitely see the light at the end of the tunnel.”