BMW has turned the tables on their competition with an incredible Pole position from Troy Corser atop the S1000RR race bike. Troy won Pole by a large margin of over half a second; neither Ducati, Honda, Aprillia, Yamaha nor Suzuki could answer BMW’s pace in Misano.
Moving on to race day, BMW’s Troy Corser went on to lead the first half of the race, only to make a small mistake and forfeit the win for 3rd place on the podium.
In race 2, Corser was again fighting for a podium finish in second place when he missed a downshift and subsequently went through a gravel trap, falling back to 10th place at the finish line.
Ruben Xaus had a forgettable weekend with a mechanical problem preventing him from qualifying well up the grid. Xaus went on to crash in race two and sustained an injury to his leg – we at BMWBLOG would like to wish Ruben a quick recovery and return to racing.
Things are really heading up as according to Berthold Hauser, Team Director, “We are up to speed.” After qualifying yesterday, Troy spoke of their first win within reach, we anxiously await the next World Superbike Race in Brno.
Congratulations to BMW Motorrad on their first WSBK Pole Position, and their second podium finish of the year!
The following are quotes from team members over the weekend:
Troy Corser: “I am really happy with the way this weekend has gone. It has been our best performance so far on the S 1000 RR, with our first ever pole position and a podium finish in Race one. But at the same time I am also a little disappointed because I felt we had the pace to win both races today. In Race One I felt comfortable leading the race and had it not been for a mistake towards the end of the race I think I would have won the race. It was just a case of trying a little too hard. In Race Two we made some slight changes to the setup to give more grip to the rear wheel, but this meant we lost some feeling from the front tyre and this affected the handling of the bike. Unfortunately at the end of the race I hit a false neutral on the down change which meant I missed my braking marker, forcing me into the gravel. I had to settle for 10th. But another really good weekend and we can now look forward to Brno.”
Ruben Xaus: “This was a day to forget. It started with the technical problem we had in race 1. After the start of the second race I braked hard into the corner but was hit by another rider moving me out. I managed to stay on the bike but at the next direction change I again was hit hard by another rider crashing into my left leg. Again, I stayed on the bike but really felt a strong pain in the leg which made my muscles react very slow. I started missing the gears, and very soon I missed a gear in the corner, and my knee touched the tarmac heavily. I lost my knee pad, and that was it. I will now try to recover for the tests in Imola.”
Berthold Hauser –BMW Motorrad Motorsport – Motorsport Director “I must give my congratulations to the entire team. Everybody has done a great job over the course of the weekend, and we were rewarded with the results. It was a weekend with ups and downs, but the positives definitely outweigh the negatives. We took our first ever pole position, got another podium finish, and in terms of lap times we are up to speed. Everyone in the team worked really hard this weekend and Troy rode unbelievably well achieving some amazing results. I feel really sorry for Ruben and his crew – this weekend, luck was not on his side. But that’s racing, and we will not hang our heads. I am happy with everyone’s efforts this weekend”