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Corser hails improving BMW team

Troy Corser has heaped praise on the BMW Motorrad team after claiming a pair of hard fought ninth place finishes in only his second World Superbike meeting with the team at Losail, Qatar.

Although not quite as prestigious as the eighth place finish on their debut in Australia, Corser hailed the team for once again providing him with a bike that is capable of being competitive alongside their much more experienced and 'faster' rivals.

Corser's crowning moment came in race two when a scintillating start from 16th position on the grid got him up to fifth position by the time they had reached the first lap split.

Rising up to fourth by lap two, although he wasn't able to sustain that rapid pace throughout the race, Corser would only slip as far as ninth as he fought off a late race attack by team-mate Ruben Xaus and Leon Haslam.

Adding to the ninth place he managed in the first race, Corser admits he didn't believe he would have had three top ten finishes in his first four races with an all-new team.

“It was great to be in fourth place in race two and although I knew I'd get passed, it was fun while it lasted,” he mused. “I made a really good start, saw a gap and just went for it. I was fifth at the end of lap one and then passed Byrne and got into fourth by the end of lap two. I managed to hold it until lap four, but I must have surprised a few people by just getting into the top four in the first place!

“Starting any race from the fourth row of the grid is never easy, but it's a long, fast drag down to turn one here and then a series of corners where it's very difficult to overtake, so it's easy to lose time.

“Before the season began, I would never have thought we'd get into the top ten so soon, especially when you consider how many good riders and very experienced teams there are out there.

“Today we beat people with faster bikes and more experience than we have and that just shows how strong our team is. We lack experience with this bike for sure, but we can only get that by track time and that is our disadvantage at the moment.



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DBL

March 14, 2009 9:07 PM

Aprilia are not exactly new to bike racing though (125, 250 and recent WSBK) and theirs is practically a prototype bike. BMW are much newer to top flight motorbike racing.

Who Cares - Unregistered

March 15, 2009 9:44 AM

BMW could not afford one single thing: reliability issues. They have developed a v1 of their racebike with conservative engine settings, for the two first races, and Troy has already made his part of the development work, especially as regards the chassis. The S1000 RR is clearly down on power at the moment, as shown by the speed traps both at PI and Losail, and Troy's achievements (best lap at PI-1, three top ten finishes so far) are absolutely fantastic considering the whole operation is at his very debut. I am convinced we will see BMW bring more trick parts from now on and as soon as at Valencia watch out: engine power is not critical there and Corser has an impressive record there...



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