After the mixed fortunes at Imola last weekend, both Team BMW Motorrad Motorrad Motorsport riders Troy Corser and Ruben Xaus are looking forward to the next round of the championship at Magny-Cours, this coming weekend. Brake woes beset Troy last weekend, but hopefully this problem will be sorted out in time for the first practice on Friday afternoon. The strength of Ruben’s return after injury was encouraging, to say the least, and the Spaniard is looking forward to continuing his work on the new ‘spec’ engine and see how it performs at the French circuit.
I am really looking forward to Magny-Cours, especially after last weekend’s frustrating raceday. I am confident that the team have found out what caused the brake problems so that I will be able to get to grips with the Magny-Cours circuit right from the start of practice on Friday. Our team has never been to Magny-Cours before, so we will have to put in a lot of hard work on day one and try and find a good bike set-up as soon as we can.
The recent improvement of our bike is making riding an enjoyable experience and as long as we don’t have any problems like last weekend, I think we can challenge for a top six or seven place for sure. But anything can happen in racing and we may get even better results if everything goes our way. We shall have to see.
I was so happy to get back on the bike last weekend and also to be working with my team again. My only concern about Magny-Cours, is that sometimes the weather can be quite cold and that means I will have to try and warm up my right leg properly. Getting on the S 1000 RR last weekend was like riding a new bike for me and I now have to spend some time understanding how it has developed before I can push as hard as I woud like.
Berti Hauser (BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director)
With two races left this season, it is interesting to see how Troy and Ruben are finding the improvements the team have made recently. Both riders have commented favourably about the changes so far and so it was such a shame that brake problems deprived Troy of two good results. But we have to forget that and concentrate on this coming weekend and start over again. We have not been to this track before, so that’s some extra work for us to do, but this has happened many times this season and we are more used to it. There’s more to come from our bike, so let’s hope we our improvement continues and we get good results at Magny-Cours.