News 23 Jun 2009

WSBK: Corser and Xaus hope for better weather in England

BMW Motorrad:

Round nine of this year’s Superbike World Championship takes place at Donington Park, GB and hopefully the weather will be better than last year when rain effected both races and caused many retirements. The 4.023 kilometre circuit hosted the first ever WSBK race back in 1988 and is currently undergoing several modifications for the F1 race in 2010.

At the moment, Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport are not having a good run of luck, though Ruben Xaus leading in the damp at Misano last weekend provided the team with a ray of sunshine, in what became a difficult weekend. But, with Misano just a memory, it’s time for Ruben and Troy to think ahead, get back to business and battle for the top ten once more this weekend.

It was a great feeling leading a race last weekend, even though the final result was not the best. Last Friday’s practice in Misano was definitely a positive day for us and it is a pity that the weather did not allow us to continue our progression on Saturday and Sunday. But we learnt a lot more about the bike and have some ideas about what has to be done. Unfortunately, having another race so soon does not give our team enough time to prepare some solutions and new ideas and we will have to use Friday afternoon to try out many things. But that’s the way it is at the moment and it is up to me and Troy to do the best we can and think positively about the way ahead.

The best thing I can do is forget Misano and concentrate on Donington and that’s what I am doing. Crashing out before the first race in Misano was very unfortunate because I think I would’ve managed OK in the wet on the bike. Donington is a tough track and it’s certainly going to give us something to think about, especially in the first two sessions. We have a lot of
work to do, as usual, but if we can get a good set-up early on and qualify better in Superpole, then we can chase a far more positive result.

2008 results

Race 1: 1 Bayliss (AUS-Ducati), 2 Sykes (GBR-Suzuki), 3 Biaggi (ITA-Ducati), Ruben Xaus (ESP-Ducati) DNF, Troy Corser (AUS-Yamaha) DNF

Race 2: 1 Kiyonari (JPN-Honda), 2 Crutchlow (GBR-Honda), 3 Troy Corser, 8 Ruben Xaus