BMW - WSBK Mid-term report

BMW rider standings after 7 rounds, 14 races

Ruben Xaus, BMW Motorrad - 16th
Troy Corser, BMW Motorrad - 17th

Had Kyalami and Miller Motorsports Park gone a little more to the form book, then BMW could head into the second half of their first World Superbike season feeling rather positive about their experiences so far.

As it happens, 16th and 17th in the standings for Ruben Xaus and Troy Corser don't make for particularly pleasant reading, although the performances have been significantly better than their results perhaps suggest.

Qualifying has been a particular bane, but not just because the S1000RR struggles over a single lap. Indeed, 'Mr Superpole' Corser has shown to be quick in the first phase of qualifying, only to be unable to match that just a few minutes later.

The races have proven to be a better indicator as to what BMW are capable of, with both Xaus and Corser often finishing considerably better than their starting positions. Currently Xaus holds their best finish of seventh, although Corser did record a fastest lap at the Phillip Island season opener.

The bike has been reliable too and while its outright speed isn't quite comparable with the front runners, BMW have come a long way from the first test that saw them prove almost three seconds adrift of the leaders.

Related Pictures

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Corser, Monza WSBK 2009
Guintoli and Corser, Race two, Australian WSBK 2015
Corser and Haslam, Race one, Australian WSBK 2015
Haslam and Corser, Race one, Australian WSBK 2015
Corser, Race one, Australian WSBK 2015
Corser and Barbier, Race one, Australian WSBK 2015
Alex Lowes and Corser, Race two, Australian WSBK 2015
Alex Lowes and Corser, Race two, Australian WSBK 2015
Terol, Torres, SAlom, Ramos and Barragan with Xaus, Australian WSBK 2015
Terol, Torres, Salom, Ramos and Barragan with Xaus, Australian WSBK 2015
Xaus and Bayliss, Australian WSBK 2015
Toth`s BMW, Australian WSBK 2015
Rizmayer`s BMW, Australian WSBK 2015
Barrier`s BMW, Australian WSBK 2015
Corser, Magny Cours WSBK 2014
Corser, Magny Cours WSBK 2014
JR racing with Troy Corser, Magny Cours WSBK 2014
Giugliano 2nd in super pole with Xaus , Magny Cours WSBK 2014

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Race1 - Unregistered

June 14, 2009 9:13 PM

Foggy Racing? Hardly! FPR took so long to build the bike and race it byt the time it finally made it's debut it was already obselete! Whilst the resutls thus far haven't been stellar. You have to remember that BMW as a company have won in EVERY discipline they've entered over the years. A podium in an unusual race isn't unlikely. A win may have to wait for a while though. How many new guys to WSBK have won in their first year? Against the sort of competition we have this year?

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