The BMW Motorrad World Superbike team heads for this weekend's Nurburgring round determined to impress on home ground.
Troy Corser took the S1000RR to eighth and sixth place finishes at the track in 2009, but having taken a pole and two podiums so far this year anything less than a rostrum challenge would be a disappointment.
“I really like the Nürburgring as a track and I have always gone really well there, regardless of the bike I have been riding,” said Corser. “It is a circuit that I really enjoy riding. We had a few issues in Silverstone but we are confident that we have the package to do well in Germany – the team's home round.
"I think the engine and the chassis configurations that we have with the BMW will work really well in Germany and I am hopeful for some good results. If we find a good tyre earlier on in the weekend that works with the track and the bike, then we have a real chance to run at the front.”
After being forced to sit out this round last year because of a broken femur sustained at Brno, team-mate Ruben Xaus is relishing the opportunity of racing at the demanding 5.137km F1 circuit.
“I have a lot of confidence at the minute,” said the Spaniard. “Since Brno I feel like we have made a huge step forward and if we have the grip I can definitely run close to the podium. As long as we find a good setting early on in the weekend I do think we can perform well.
"Obviously Nürburgring is a home round for BMW and it's a track I like, so I hope we can show the home fans our true potential. To be competitive you need to focus a lot on braking and have a lot of power to cope with the run uphill. I am focused and I want to finish the year with a good feeling.”
“The whole team are extremely looking forward to the next race at the Nürburgring,” said Hauser. "The team will not be affected by the poor performance at Silverstone as we all fully believe that we have the package to compete at the front, regardless of the track.
"Everyone is focused and ready for the weekend ahead. It will be a great occasion for everyone associated with BMW.”
Speculation suggests BMW could announce at least part of its 2011 rider line-up this weekend, with Corser expected to remain and possibly be joined by MotoGP star Marco Melandri.