Troy Corser will be BMW's only full time WSBK representative present for the factory's first home World Superbike event, at the Nurburgring this weekend, with team-mate Ruben Xaus withdrawing due to injury.
“I like the Nurburgring and it has been a good circuit for me in the past and, after a recent tests and the race in Brno in the last round, I am really looking forward to this coming weekend,” said Corser, denied victory by the arrival of rain last season. “There is going to be a lot of interest and attention on us this weekend because it is the team's 'home' race and all of us want to do well for our fans and our sponsors.”
Xaus, who broke his leg at Brno, has been advised by doctors not to race this coming weekend, so the team are giving a chance to young Briton Richard Cooper to ride with Corser.
“My specialist advised me not to race and, for once in my life, I am going to be sensible and do what a doctor says!” smiled Xaus. “It was always going to be difficult getting fit enough to race at the 'Ring and although my physio and rehabilitation has been going better than expected, I think the decision not to race is the right one.
“I didn't want to come to the Nurburgring and ride at only 80%. I am still on crutches at the moment and cannot put my full body weight on my right leg, so it is better that I sit this one out because I will then have another three weeks and be much stronger for the Imola race at the end of September.
“It would be a disaster, if I raced this weekend and did some more damage, but I shall miss getting on the bike for sure - especially as it is the team's 'home' race. I would like to wish the team all the best this weekend and hope that Richard does well and enjoys himself.”
“It is a shame that Ruben cannot race this weekend but I'm sure that the right decision has been made," commented Corser. "It's far better for him to return when he is stronger and fitter. I'm happy that Richard is stepping in this weekend for Ruben.
“I have met him a few times, especially at Brands Hatch recently. He's young, fast and good prospect for the future and I'm sure he'll do a good job for the team. I'll give him whatever helps he needs and although he's young - and looks even younger! - he's pretty experienced already, so maybe he won't need it!”