Troy Corser and Ruben Xaus endured a day to forget during Superpole for BMW's home World Superbike event at the Nurburgring after four accidents in less than an hour left them outside the top ten.
The German manufacturer was eyeing a good qualifying performance in what is arguably the most important race of the year for them, with Troy Corser going on to hint at a possible front row contention with a strong effort in practice.
However, having fallen in FP2 – moments after setting a new lap record -, Corser would go on to tumble in SP1 and then again in SP2, the latter high-side ending his day with the Australian down in 14th position.
“In the first two crashes, I just lost the front going in the first corner with no real warning. Unfortunately, we struggled for grip with the qualifying tyre, compared to the race tyre. There was nothing I could do. It is a little disappointing because I feel we had a good balance of the bike, a good setting and I could have easily finished on the first row.
“But we never give up. The lap times that we can do are fast enough, so we must try to have a good start and make our way through the field tomorrow.”
Team-mate Ruben Xaus fared slightly better than Corser in 11th place, though he too ended his SP2 participation early with a fall at turn one.
“I have been struggling today with grip. Going into Superpole I thought that I could make it onto the second row, but sadly I have to settle for a row three start. The bike feels good; we just need to work on a few things to ensure the grip levels are consistent. I never rode the S 1000 RR here last year so I am relatively happy with the progress we have made so far.
“I am not setting any goals for the races tomorrow, I am just going out there to do my best and hopefully the set-up we have for the race will work well. I am looking forward to the races for sure.”