BMW Motorrad gets their first WSBK Pole Position and Podium Finish

BMW’s Troy Corser won an incredible Pole position riding the S1000RR race bike by a huge margin of over half a second. No one was able to keep up with the Troy Corser and his BMW bike. Not even Ducati, Honda, Aprillia, Yamaha or Suzuki.

Troy Corser was already getting the lead during the first half of the race for team BMW. However, he made a small mistake that led to the forfeiture of his 3rd place podium win.

In the second race, Corser was running in 2nd when he went through a travel gap by missing a downshift, causing him to finith at 10th place.

Ruben Xaus of team BMW was not able to contribute to the team’s success due to a mechanical problem. This led to his crash at the second race, which sadly, injured his leg. Our prayers go out to Ruben and we sincerely hope that he can rercover and race again soon.

Nonetheless, BMW BMW Motorrad gets their first WSBK Pole Position — also their second podium finish for 2010!

Here are what the team has to say for the WSBK 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”

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