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Corser: We have a chassis problem

Corser: I still think that our problem at the moment is a chassis problem (mechanical) and that's something we will have to sort out back at the workshops
Troy Corser says BMW still has work to do if it is prove a consistent front runner in World Superbikes after declaring himself disappointed with his failure to score a podium in the United States.

On paper, Corser's run to fifth position in both races from 15th on the grid looks impressive, particularly when it is considered the team scored just a single point at the American circuit last season.

Shrugging off the grid position with two good starts, Corser was particularly fast at the start of the second race when he got away in third position, which became second when Carlos Checa was forced to retire ahead of him.

However, while he confidently held on for the first-half of the race, Corser's BMW began to struggle with chatter towards the end, prompting him to be overtaken by Leon Camier, Cal Crutchlow and Noriyuki Haga.

Indeed Corser insists BMW needs to keep improving the bike mechanically if it is to remain consistent and durable to the end of the race.

“In any other circumstances a pair of fifths might have been a good result, but I'm not happy because it could've been so much better today. I made good starts from the fourth row of the grid in both races, though race two was much the better for sure, as I was second going into turn one!

“I was pretty comfortable in second and thought to myself that I could stick there without a problem. Then, at about half race distance, I started to get a bit of chatter. It was controllable, but only if I eased the pace. If I ran at 1:50 or so, everything was OK, but if I tried to go faster my lap times got worse! I had a couple of real front-enders at the hairpins, but managed to stay onboard both times, but I could've easily crashed. Today was very frustrating and that's why I am a bit disappointed.

“Today the tyres were consistent, but our bike lacked top speed, especially compared to the Aprilias and Ducatis - especially the Aprilias! I still think that our problem at the moment is a chassis problem (mechanical) and that's something we will have to sort out back at the workshops.

“There's not going to be an awful lot of time before our next outing, because we have some tests before and after the Misano race, so once again, it's going to be hard to get the bikes back quickly and get the work done in time.

“Hopefully, the team will be able to sort out this problem and then I will be able to push hard throughout the whole race. That's what I am looking forward to.”


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motomark - Unregistered

June 02, 2010 3:01 PM

Spent the day watching the race with Troys friends and family in Utah, amazing starts and good runs early on. It was very obvious that Troy was having problems with the bike later in the race in both legs. He was forced to change lines somewhat as the race went on and in the fast flowing sections he didn't slow much. In the attitudes section and the tight hairpins he lost huge amounts of time. Top speed on the ducatis seemed better than expected possibly due to great drives off of the final turn before the main straight.

Slideways151 - Unregistered

June 02, 2010 6:38 PM

To you guys that think he's giving non-founded excuses....Crazy! With the intense electronics the engineers can plug in and verify every word to be true. Corser is a class act top rider, who is not going to say something that can be proven in the data accquisition system on board. BMW does have the jingle ($$$) to fix the problem, and I for one am so happy for more manufactor's in the mix! Great races!!--Slideways151



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