Troy Corser and Ruben Xaus were on a high from BMW’s first podium finish atop the new S1000RR in Monza, Italy.
Unfortunately, they could not match their competitive pace from a week ago and struggled for grip throughout both heats of the 2 part race run earlier today.
In race 1, Troy Corser battled in 8th place for part of the race but fighting for traction eventually dropped him back to 12th place by race end. Xaus completed the race two places back in 14th.
Race 2 was more successful with Troy finishing in a solid top ten position – starting from 13th and finishing in 7th place. Ruben Xaus eventually went on to finish Race 2 in 11th place. Troy missed 6th place by only 4 tenths of a second, so the team has much to be proud of at Kyalami, a track that ultimately does not suit their bike.
We look forward to WSBK’s next race in Salt Lake City where the teams will race on the 31st of May.
Here are key quotes from the post-race in Kyalami,
Troy Corser: “Race one was really tough. I couldn’t get the grip I needed from the front or the rear tyre and I couldn’t push at all. I lost the feeling from the tyres which affected my confidence, so I couldn’t have gone any faster without crashing. We made some changes in race two which definitely improved the bike, and I could run consistently fast while remaining in control. The S 1000 RR was spinning and moving but I was happy with the performance. We have some things to work on for sure but I am confident.”
Ruben Xaus: “My start today in both races was not great. I was hoping to make some positions up early in the race but that just didn’t happen. I had to work really hard to get through the field and passing is not easy here. In race two the bike was a lot better, we made some changes to the set-up and that allowed me to run consistent lap times. I had a hard battle with Haga and I worked really hard to defend my position. I tried my best today – it was another step forward for me and the team and I am confident for the next race.”
Berthold Hauser – BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director: “Today was a positive finish to a really tough weekend. We had to deal with a track that does not really suit our bike. Nevertheless, the entire team – riders, engineers, mechanics and everybody involved – proved to have the right attitude and we did a great job. We have had some ups and downs this weekend, but the team never gave up. I must say a big thank you to the team for their efforts.”