Troy Corser has admitted that he is nearing the end of a professional motorcycling career that has yielded more than 30 victories in the World Superbike Championship (WSBK) and title glory on two occasions – but before he calls it a day, he reveals, he wants to add one last riders' crown to that impressive tally with BMW.
The Australian concluded the 2009 WSBK campaign 13th in the final standings, four spots ahead of team-mate Ruben Xaus and with twelve top ten finishes to his name on a bike of which prior to the start of the season, nobody really knew what to expect.
The BMW S1000RR, though, made impressive inroads into the opposition as the year progressed, aided in no small part by Corser's renowned development skills – and now the 38-year-old makes clear that he anticipates even greater improvement still in 2010.
“We had a lot of work to do in the first twelve months,” he acknowledged, speaking exclusively to Crash.net Radio
. “I think if you'd tried to do this five years ago, people maybe wouldn't even have been looking at it for two or three years. In this day and age and with BMW, we're there to win; that's what I expect and it's what BMW expect, and we're looking forward to next season.
“We've definitely got a much better package, not just with the bike but also the engineers and technicians, so we'll have a much better reference point to start from – and hopefully that will be enough to start the season strongly. I think next year, for our second season in the championship, a realistic goal would be to finish in the top five in the championship – that would be a pretty good result already. Obviously I'd like to think we could be up there racing for podiums most weekends and maybe grab a couple of wins; we'll wait and see.
“For myself, I'm not really looking at where we're going to end up; I just want to do what we did this year, take each race as it comes and try to do the best job we can with the track time that we've got and just get the best results we can and see where we end up.”
Looking further into the future, Corser is well aware that he is rather closer to the end of his illustrious WSBK career now than to the start, and in the knowledge that he is not getting any younger, the 1996 and 2005 champion has a timescale in his head regarding when he would like to call it quits. Before then, though, he confesses, he hopes to emulate the achievement of namesake and compatriot Troy Bayliss in going out on a high by lifting the ultimate laurels one more time – only in his own case, with a third different manufacturer.
“Ideally, I'd like to race again next season and hopefully have another good season after that,” he opined. “If we can't win it next year, then I'd like to stay one more season – three years is a pretty realistic goal to start a bike from scratch and walk away with the championship. I'll be 40-years-old by then, and there's no real time that I've actually picked when I was going to stop, but I have thought to myself that I'd like to stop racing motorcycles by the time I'm 40. It's not that I'm not going to enjoy it anymore, but it's just that the bones are going to take a bit longer to get better after crashes.
“I've still got a lot of racing to do, I've got a few more goals out there to chase – and one of them is trying to win another world championship for BMW, on a third manufacturer. It's a big goal, but it's the goal I've set now to end my career on.”
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