Troy Corser will miss the latest round of the World Superbike Championship at Kyalami to give him the chance to recuperate from two spectacular accidents at Monza.
Corser was one of the five riders involved in a first corner smash at the Italian circuit, an incident that saw him impacted by another bike as it landed on the tarmac. Corser went on to crash at high-speed just a lap into the restart, prompting him to sit out the remainder of the weekend.
Although Corser declared himself 'more or less OK' after the accidents, BMW have advised him to avoid competing in South Africa due to the short gap between races.
Nonetheless, BMW will still enter South Africa with a full strength team after calling up test rider Steve Martin to take his place alongside Ruben Xaus. It is the first time the Australian has competed in the series since 2007 when he raced for DFX Honda, Yamaha YZF and Celani Suzuki.
“After the races in Monza on Sunday, Troy and the team sat down together and jointly made the decision that it would be better for him to sit out Kyalami and get fit for USA,” team director Berti Hauser said. “Troy suffered a horrific crash at the start of the first race in Monza and was hit in the back of the neck and head by another bike.
“He then had a high speed tumble in the restart and was probably a little dazed. He was already riding with a cracked bone in his left hand and had to have painkillers and special strapping in order just to compete in Monza.
“Kyalami is a very physical track, very bumpy in places and this would've not have helped Troy's hand get any better. So, with everything that happened in Monza, together with the condition of his hand, the decision was made that Troy would give Kyalami a miss.”
Corser becomes the fourth rider to withdraw from the upcoming round in South Africa owing to injuries sustained in the accident at the start of the Monza race. He joins Max Neukirchner, Brendan Roberts and Makoto Tamada on the sidelines.