Corser looks to 2010 after solid end to debut year

Troy Corser records his and World Superbike debutants BMW's 12th top ten finish of the season at Portimao
Troy Corser concluded the first act of his new chapter with BMW in World Superbikes with a mixed final round of the season in Portugal.

The Australian was eager to end his first year with the fledgling German manufacturer on a high, but after qualifying in eighth during Superpole, Corser would retire from the first race before finishng ninth in the second.

Leaving him 13th in the overall standings, Corser was pleased with the performance of the all-new S1000RR through 2009, the bike showing notable improvements as the year wore on to establish itself as a regular top ten contender.

Indeed, while Corser was somewhat disappointed not to get on the podium in his maiden season, he still considers a best of fifth place at Brno, two stints leading races (also at Brno) and a fastest lap on the bike's debut outing in Australia as a successful debut.

“I guess I am a bit disappointed with how the races went because the bike has improved and I really wanted two good finishes and end the season on a high. But considering everything and the fact that the bike is brand new and this is the team's first year, I think we should all be happy about how it has gone.

Pointing out that both he and team-mate Ruben Xaus have been forced to carry out development through the race weekend, Corser is confident the team's newfound experience will see them prove podium challengers at least in 2010.

“The bike has potential for sure and we're really not far away from where we want to be. It's not easy developing the bike during a race weekend and I think we just need more laps and more time on the bike, so we can solve any problems we find.

“At the start of the year the power delivery was a bit aggressive and the team worked hard to make the bike more ride-able and user friendly. Ruben and I noticed a big improvement in July and since then the improvement has continued.

“I am ready to put in heaps of laps before next season because I know that the bike can get on the podium. With a bit of luck, that might have happened this year, but we all know that next year it is more than a possibility and that's what we will be fighting for right from the first time out.”

Corser last raced with a new team in 2003 when he competed with Foggy Petronas, the former champion finishing 12th overall with a best finish of fifth on home ground.

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October 28, 2009 2:38 AM

BMW appears to be methodically working on improvements to make the bike more competitive. With Corser they have a proven development rider with unquestioned skills to run at the front. Basically, if it isn't in the lead pack it is the bike not the rider. However, I still wonder if BMW has what it takes to create a bike from scratch, build a race team, and have the tenacity to stick it out for another season or two of mid-pack results. Watching Aprilia run near the front from Qatar must be somewhat humbling and frustrating for the Bavarians. Corser is padding his retirement account, he isn't going anywhere.

Richard Mushet

October 28, 2009 9:23 AM

Corser is the best option for BMW - he can develop a bike like nobody else, although I'm not sure Reuben should be with him next season - as much as I like the guy, he needs to be on top machinery like the Duke to be up there. Hopefully he'll get some luck next season after two majorly unlucky breaks (literally.) I think the S1000 will get some trick bits and do better than this season. I think a podium's a realistic option for them, as long as the tires don't go to pot, which seems to happen quite often after some decent starts...

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