Team BMW Motorrad put in a brilliant performance over the weekend in World Superbike competition. Things are really heating up for the team and it’s only a matter of time until they obtain their objective for this year – a podium finish.
In race one Troy Corser started from a very strong 3rd place qualifying position. He then managed a terrific start catapulting him to lead the race from the start. More than 10 laps had passed before Jonathan Rea passed Corser for the lead on his Honda. This showed the S1000RRs improved race pace and consistency over roughly half race distance, though there is clearly more development to be done as the bike lost grip around lap 10, forcing Troy Corser to slow and let his rivals past. By race end, Corser was riding in 5th place to take the checkered flag only 2.8 seconds off the lead time. Rubens Xaus had a less fortunate race having mechanical problems and eventually crashing out, failing to complete the distance.
Race two of the “double start” race was no less exiting with Corser again capitalizing on his strong 3rd place qualifying position to take the lead from the first lap. Corser once again suffered a loss of grip from the mid point in the race, and had to back off the throttle, letting 4 of his rivals pass. Jonathan Rea went on to win the second race on his Honda race bike. Rubens Xaus managed a 10th place finish in Race two.
BMW has made their ‘podium finish’ goal well known around the paddock. This time out they were only 2 tenths from achieving that feat.
We look forward to BMW Motorrad’s next outing at Monza – a racetrack that heavily favors strong engines and bakes; a track that should suit the S1000RR very well.
But first, here are some quotes from the riders and Team Director from Assen in the Netherlands:
Troy Corser: “We have made some real improvements with the bike. We left the test in Mugello with some positive findings and that has really helped us this weekend. The S 1000 RR worked well right from the first session on Friday and that’s a testament to the team. I feel like I can push a lot harder and attack the riders in front. I think we can go on from here and put in another great performance in Monza.”
Ruben Xaus: “I had some problems in the first race which resulted in me crashing but we made some changes and the bike worked a lot better in race two. I got a great start and was with the top guys, but I had one bad lap where four riders passed me which affected my rhythm. On the whole I feel I have got the bike working how I want it – I just need to find a traction control setting that suits my style.”
Berthold Hauser –BMW Motorrad Motorsport – Motorsport Director: “This weekend was more than we really expected. We improved the bike again and we finished race two only 0.2 from the podium. The racing this weekend has been so tight and so tough anything could have happened. We are really close to the top now and this is a testament to the riders and the team. Everybody can see that we are coming and that we can fight for the top spot at every race.”