News 16 Jun 2009

WSBK: BMW look for form in return to Europe at Misano

BMW Motorrad:

Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport riders Troy Corser and Ruben Xaus are happy to be back on European soil and looking forward to the eighth round of the Superbike World Championship at Misano circuit this coming weekend. After a tough couple of flyaways, the team have been able to get the bikes back to their workshops for the first time since the Monza race and analyse all the data and feedback they received.

For Troy, the gap between the USA round and now has given him a chance to find out what has been troubling his right shoulder during the Salt Lake City race weekend. He found out that his shoulder had been partially dislocated in the horror crash in Monza and that’s why he had problems with it every time he went out on the track. Since the discovery, Troy has
been on an intensive programme of physiotherapy and his condition is now improving.

Neither he nor Ruben are under any illusions about the task ahead and their continuing work, but both are keen to work on developing the S 1000 RR and getting back to good points scoring finishes. Both have good memories of Misano, with Ruben’s win last year the most recent, and both will be fighting for top ten finishes this weekend.

Well, I won a race in MIsano last year and of course it would be great to do that again, but this bike is new and we have a lot of work to do to put it on the podium this weekend. That’s not to say, it’s impossible, but the important thing is that we are improving the bike every time we go out on the track and as long as we are doing that, then my feeling is very positive. The bike has a lot of potential and it will not be that long before Troy, I and the team can show it.

It’s good I found out that there was a problem with my shoulder because I had the feeling something was wrong – especially as I couldn’t lift my right arm above my shoulder! I’m not sure if it was fully dislocated or what, but I do know that it wasn’t in the right place. When the doc started manipulating it, he told me that putting it back in the right place might be a painful, and he was right! But after that, we started working on massages and physio and it began to get better. It’s been good for the team to get the bikes back to the workshops and look at all the info from South Africa and USA. I am sure they will have some ideas about which direction we should take at Misano and I think we will start improving again and
the results will follow.

Berti Hauser (BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director)
Being back in Europe has given us a chance to do a lot of work and get back to how we were before the long flyaway trip. It’s also been good that Troy has found out what his problem is and good that the right steps are being taken to improve his condition because we need both our riders to be strong. Even though Kyalami and Miller were not so good, in results terms, the great spirit of our team means that we want to fight hard and achieve the best results possible. We are all feeling very positive about Misano and looking forward to it.

2008 results
Race 1: 1 Neukirchner (GER-Suzuki), 2 Troy Corser (AUS-Yamaha), 3 Bayliss (AUS-Ducati), 4 Ruben Xaus (ESP-Ducati),
5 C Checa (ESP-Honda), 6 Lanzi (ITA-Ducati)

Race 2: 1 Ruben Xaus (ESP-Ducati), 2 Biaggi (ITA-Ducati), 3 Bayliss, 4 Haga (JPA-Yamaha), 5 Troy Corser
(AUS-Yamaha), 6 Lanzi