Troy Corser

Corser, Portuguese WSBK 2011
Corser, Portuguese WSBK 2011
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About Troy Corser

2011: Securing a third season at BMW, Corser nonetheless struggles for consistency on a bike that though fast remains tricky to set-up. Save for a fifth place at Monza, Corser barely makes it out of the mid-field in 2011, while his results aren’t helped by an arm break at Motorland Aragon.

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2011: Securing a third season at BMW, Corser nonetheless struggles for consistency on a bike that though fast remains tricky to set-up. Save for a fifth place at Monza, Corser barely makes it out of the mid-field in 2011, while his results aren’t helped by an arm break at Motorland Aragon. Despite missing just one event, Corser finishes no higher than ninth over the remainder of the year to end the season in 15th. With Melandri replacing him at BMW for 2012, Corser duly announces his retirement from motorcycle racing, ending a career that has spanned almost two decades

2010: With Davide Tardozzi now at the helm of BMW Motorrad and with a much improved bike beneath him, Corser shows front-running pace, culminating in a first podium finish at Monza and a pole position at Misano. At one stage challenging for fifth in the overall standings, a poor run of form in the closing stages nonetheless consigns Corser to 11th overall.

2009: Corser accepts a new challenge for 2009 by signing with newcomers BMW Motorrad, who were making their first foray into Superbike racing with the S1000RR. Development is steady, if unspectacular, though results would improve markedly during the second-half of the year, peaking with a fifth place at Brno on the way to a solid 13th in the standings .

2008: Re-signs with Yamaha Motor Italia alongside Haga in an unchanged rider line-up. Trails his team-mate during the first-half of the season but reels him in to claim the runners-up spot behind Troy Bayliss at the final race. Even so, despite his second place in the standings, his two pole positions and 13 podiums, Corser still fails to win a race.

2007: Rides alongside Noriyuki Haga at the factory backed Yamaha Italia Team and, although bitterly disappointed not to take a race win, claims nine podiums and two pole positions on his way to fifth in the world championship. His technical knowledge and development skills are credited by Yamaha in helping team-mate Haga battle for the world title and helping Yamaha lift the 2007 manufacturers' crown.

2006: Stays with Alstare Suzuki to defend his world title and makes a strong start to the season with two wins from the first three races but doesn't win again. Uncharacteristic accidents and bad luck mean he fails to score points in seven races and ends the season fourth overall. Loses ride to Max Biaggi after Francis Batta's efforts to run a third bike are rejected by Suzuki. Picked up by Yamaha Italia at the expense of countryman Andrew Pitt.

2005: Dominates early part of season on new Suzuki to build up a solid points lead. Eventually clinches title one round early at Imola after rain stops race two - and with it any chance of Honda's Chris Vermeulen beating Corser in the championship. 8 wins.

2004: Finishes ninth in WSBK championship for Foggy Petronas - with a best finish of second and two pole positions - then moves to Alstare Suzuki for 2005.

2003: Stays with Foggy Petronas Racing to lead their assault on the World Superbike Championship. Stuns by qualifying on front row for first round at Valencia, but best finish of year would be a single 5th at Phillip Island. Finished season 12th in championship with 107 points.

2002: Signed for Foggy Petronas Racing but misses whole racing season after the new bike was delayed.

2001: 4th in the World Superbike Championship with Aprilia. 2 wins, 6 podiums and 2 pole positions.

2000: 3rd in the World Superbike Championship with Aprilia. 5 races wins, 8 podiums and 4 pole positions.

1999: 3rd in the World Superbike Championship on a Ducati Performance 996. Equal on points with Colin Edwards (2nd position - 361 pts). 3 race wins, 13 podiums and 5 pole positions

1998: 3rd in the World Superbike Championship with Ducati AD-VF. Led standings until final round at Sugo when warm-up crash put him out of action for the race. 2 race wins and 7 pole positions.

1997: Only completed first seven (out of fifteen) rounds of 500cc Grand Prix Championship on a Power Horse Yamaha YZR500, due to contractual problems.Competed for the first time in the Suzuka 8-hour race with Scott Russell.

1996: World Superbike Champion on a Promotor Ducati 916. First Australian winner of the title and Youngest ever to do so. 7 race wins and 13 podiums.

1995: 2nd in the World Superbike Championship with Promotor Ducati 916. 4 race wins and 15 podiums.

1994: AMA Superbike Champion on a Fast by Ferracci Ducati. First non-American to win the title. 11th in the World Superbike Championship after competing in four rounds.

1993: Australian Superbike Champion on a Winfield Honda RC30.

1992: 4th in the Australian Superbike Championship on a Peter Jackson Yamaha OW01.

1991: 6th in the Australian Road Race Championship on a factory sponsored Peter Jackson Yamaha TZ250B. 3rd in the Malaysian round of the Pan Pacific Championship.

1990: Winner of the National 250 Production Championship and New South Wales Lightweight Superstreet Series. Became the youngest ever rider to be promoted to 'A' grade on August 14th of this year.

Had his first superbike ride on a Suzuki GSX-R750 and first time on slick tyres at Superbike support race at Australian Grand Prix - finished a creditable 11th.

1989: First road race - at Oran Park (Sydney) - on a Honda CR125. Won state 250cc production and 'C' grade championships on a Suzuki RGV250. Was winner of the Australian Motor Cycle News 'Win a ride' competition-prize, a ride on Yamaha TZ250 at Phillip Island.

1986-89: State and national motorcross and dirt-track events - 80cc, 125cc and 250cc classes.

1981: Started competing in local enduro races - age ten