WSBK Race Report: Monza Yields BMW’s First Podium!

Motorrad | May 10th, 2010 by 4

In only their second consecutive year of competition, BMW Motorrad has secured a strong 3rd place podium finish with Troy Corser atop the BMW S1000RR.

Monza is an ‘engine circuit’ – a racetrack that rewards horsepower with Champaign and checkered flags. On the longest straight, speeds eclipsed 328 kph (204 mph) in fierce battle at the Italian track! The S1000RR proved highly competitive on this high speed track and the team can now move on to later races knowing they have accomplished their goal for this year: their first podium.

Race 1 of the 2-part race was ultimately successful with Ruben Xaus out pacing his teammate Troy Corser for the first time this year. From qualifying spots of 6th and 12th place on the grid, Xaus went on to finish 6th in race one with Corser not far behind in 8th place.

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Race 2 was a race to go down in history as BMW Motorrad made their historic first podium with the S1000RR in FIM World Superbike Racing. Troy Corser can sleep soundly tonight knowing he has fulfilled his team’s mandate to secure a podium finish. Tragically, Ruben Xaus crashed out of Race 2 when he was rear ended by another motorcycle braking for a corner.

All eyes now turn skyward to an even more ambitious goal: a race win. To have already accomplished a podium finish in only their second year in the field is truly an amazing feat. We look forward to the remaining races of the championship with supportive enthusiasm and optimistic faith in the team’s ability to succeed.

Troy Corser: “I’m so happy for the team, who have put so much work in, not just this year but last year too. The bike’s been progressively getting better and better but we were struggling a bit with braking this weekend. We made a change after race one, which made it easier for me to get the bike to stop. We had the speed – the S 1000 RR was as fast as anything out there – but it took me a few laps to get used to the brakes. I dedicate this result to all the team – this podium has been a long time coming but it’s definitely not going to be the last one!”

Ruben Xaus: “I felt so good in race one, everything was working so well and I achieved my best ever position aboard the BMW. I knew I had a good chance to go even better in race two but I was hit from behind on the first lap and I crashed. I am so disappointed with the way I went out of the race because I never even got chance to get going – there was nothing I could do. However I would like to congratulate Troy and the team for their first podium and I hope we take this form to South Africa.”

Berthold Hauser – BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director: “I am absolutely lost for words – what can I say? Someone needs to wake me up because this feels like a dream. Our aim this year was to get on the podium and we have achieved that, which really is unbelievable at this stage. We can now go on from here and hopefully get more. I need to thank the team for all their hard work as they have put everything into this project. All that hard work is now clear for everyone to see!”