Progress for BMW at Misano

Despite reaching another milestone by leading a World Superbike Championship race for the first time, BMW were disappointed to see their disappointing run of form continue at Misano.

The German manufacturer looked to be on course for a breakthrough result during the opening race after Ruben Xaus scythed his way up the order on the slippery surface and assumed the lead as those ahead began pitting.

With the end of the race fast approaching, Xaus attempted to make his worn treaded tyres last, but with the track drying rapidly, he was quickly reeled in by those behind and he was forced to pit four laps from the chequered flag.

While he would still be on for a top ten result, Xaus was then given a drive-through penalty for exceeding the pit lane speed limiter, forcing him to eventually finish down in 14th position.

“It felt really good leading the race, knowing that I was beating all the guys who were all on exactly the same tyres as me. I felt comfortable in the damp conditions and if the track had stayed wet, maybe we could've done something that would've surprised everybody. But unfortunately for me, the track dried and we all had to come in and jump on to our spare bikes - with dry tyres.

“Our pit box is quite close to the pit-lane exit, so I didn't think I had gone faster than the limit, but I got a ride-though penalty and that was enough for us to lose a top place. It's always difficult knowing when to come in and change bikes, but this was a first for all of us and something we'll have to get used to.

“In race two, I decided to adapt my riding style to the bike and I learnt a lot in that race and was happy because, at the end, I was lapping as quickly as the top guys.

Xaus would provide BMW's best result of the weekend, with team-mate Troy Corser failing to even start race one after high-siding on the warm-up lap. He would finish 19th in the second.

“Well that was a day to forget for me and a shame because Friday had gone so well and I felt that we were getting somewhere. I was high-sided on the warm-up lap and we're not sure why, but we think it was some sort of electronics problem. I didn't open the throttle dramatically, but suddenly the bike just went faster and spat me off. Luckily I didn't do any further harm to my shoulder, but my race was over.

“In race two, the bike felt kind of inconsistent and I wasn't confident what it was going to do every time I entered or exited the corners. I could have pulled in, but I kept going because I knew that every lap I stayed out would give the team more information to work with. It's been a frustrating day for me and the team, but I am sure we will have a better weekend in Donington.”

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Firedawg11 - Unregistered

June 23, 2009 5:57 PM

Just more growng pains, dont worry next year will be very important for BMW, which I predict atleast one win and a few podiums. Dont give up WSBK is very exciting rite now with all the different companies racing. Go Ben

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