BMW will make its Monza World Superbike race debut this weekend hoping that data gathered at last month's test, combined with better qualifying, can put Troy Corser and Ruben Xaus closer to the front.
Heading into round five, Corser holds 14th in the championship with a best finish of eighth, while Xaus sits 17th with a peak race result of tenth.
“At least we have tested at Monza this year, so we will not be trying to play catch-up as much as we have to do normally,” confirmed Corser. “But we have to be in a good qualifying situation. Superpole has not worked out well for us so far and considering that, I think we've done well to get the top tens we have. I hope that we can qualify better at Monza and get even better results.”
“Each time out we learn something new about the bike and get ideas about what to do to make it better. The other teams have a big history compared to us and so I feel we have done very well so far,” added Xaus. “But that doesn't mean that we all don't want more, because of course we do. Our top tens are very good, but Troy and I are racers and we are always want to higher finishes. If we can get a good set-up early on and do well in Superpole, then we might have a better chance of good results.”
“It would be good to get into Q1 and not have to start from the back of the grid for a change,” admitted BMW Motorrad Motorsport director Berti Hauser. “If we could do that, it would be very interesting to see what would happen.”