Troy Corser says he will still have an important role as part of BMW's World Superbike Championship programme despite deciding to bring his illustrious racing career to an end.
The Australian confirmed his retirement from the sport during the final round of the 2011 World Superbike Championship at Portimao, Corser bowing out as the most experienced competitor in the series with 377 WSBK starts to his name.
In that time, Corser secured two world titles, in 1996 and 2005, 33 race wins and 43 pole positions – which often earned him the affectionate title of Mr Superpole –, while he was also the first rider to crack the 4,000 points marker.
However, Corser feels the time has come to hang up his racing overalls and concentrate on his new role as BMW ambassador, one that will ensure he still has a hand in developing the S1000RR alongside race riders Leon Haslam and Marco Melandri.
"I have been racing for a long time and the day had to come, and although it is a sad day for a lot of people it had to come at some stage. I think it is time to do it right now... For me it is an honour to stay involved with BMW as an ambassador, and there are lots of different areas where I will still be involved with the development, PR and so on. So I am not disappearing, I will still be around at the tracks."
During his time in WSBK, rode for Ducati, Aprilia, Foggy Petronas, Suzuki, Yamaha and BMW manufacturers, establishing him as one of the paddock's most respected development riders.