16 October 2011
Troy Corser: Career profile
Troy Corser made his World Superbike debut in 1994, beginning a career that would span to the end of the 2011 season.
Troy Corser has announced that he will retire from racing after 17 years of international competition, one that has seen him secure two World Superbike titles and 33 race wins.
Corser's career began in 1981 racing in local enduro races, but his first competitive Superbike outing wouldn't come until 1990 when he rode a Suzuki GSX-R750 in a one-off Australian Superbike Championship round. Stepping up to the series full-time, he eventually won the title in 1993 aboard a Winfield Honda RC30, and followed it up in 1994 with the AMA Superbike title in the United States on the Ferracci Ducati.
Also in 1994, Corser competed in four WSBK rounds, a prelude to a full-time switch in 1995, where he would mark his arrival by finishing second in the standings to Carl Fogarty aboard the Promotor Ducati 918.
His first WSBK title duly followed in 1996 with the same team, Corser winning seven races to become Australia's first champion and also the youngest winner at that point.
A misguided foray into the 500cc World Championshipi with Power Horse Yamaha would see him quit after seven rounds, prompting a return to the WSBK fray in 1998 on another Ducati, where he proceeded to finish third overall, a result that was repeated in 1999.
A switch to Aprilia machinery led Corser to more respectable success, if not a title challenge, ending 2000 and 2001 in third and fourth places having yielded seven more victories over the two seasons.
In 2002, Corser would team up with former rival Carl Fogarty as the Briton launched his assault on the series with his own team, utilising a bike being built by the Malaysian Petronas company. Delays in the bike's construction would force Corser to sit out the entire season, but he would stick with the team for 2003 and 2004.
Garnering a reputation as a development rider, Corser's time at Foggy Petronas was a disappointing one, though he did record more promising results in 2004 on the way to ninth overall.
With Foggy Petronas shutting down at the end of the year, Corser switched to Alstare Suzuki, a shrewd move and one that would yield him a second world title, almost ten years after he first one. Eight wins, including six in the first seven races, assured Corser's place in Superbike history, though it would prove to be his last title challenge.
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