Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport rider Troy Corser enjoyed one of the most consistent racedays of the season so far, taking a superb pair of top ten finishes at Assen today. Despite problems in Superpole qualifying, a lowly grid position and a painful left hand, Troy battled his way throughout the two 22-lappers. He was in obvious discomfort changing direction and on heavy braking, due to a cracked bone in his left hand, but somehow he ignored the pain barrier and brought his S 1000 RR home twice, much to the delight of the whole team.
He was well supported by his team mate Ruben Xaus, who had also been forced to start from way down the grid. Ruben began both races from the fifth row, but charged his way to 14th in race one and then followed that up with a 11th in race two.
Troy Corser Speaks...
Race 1: 10th, Race 2: 10th
"That was one of our most consistent racedays this season and although I'm never happy with 10th place, I think that is about the best we could've done today. Maybe if we hadn't started the races from the fourth row, I could've challenged for sixth or seventh place, but until we qualify better, it's always going to be a case of playing ‘catch-up'. My hand wasn't too bad in race one, but it was definitely more sore in race two. The crack is right where you put pressure on the handlebars, so it's not something that I could avoid. So, all in all, I think it is pretty good to get two tenths today."
Ruben Xaus Speaks...
Race 1: 14th, race 2: 11th
"I think we need some more help from the tyre guys, because it is quite difficult getting a tyre to work with our bike sometimes and that is affecting our progress. But I am happy to finish both races today and I am also happy because I know I did some good lap times, particularly in the second race. The bike was on the limit in race one, but I felt it was better in race two and that is reflected in the better lap times. Also, I know that there are further improvements to come and once we can put everything together I'm sure we will finish higher up."
Berti Hauser Speaks...
(BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director)
"Today's results have reduced the pain of yesterday's Superpole qualifying and shows that we are capable of improving and getting good results. The ideas from our recent Monza tests are bearing fruit and I am happy because it means we are going in the right direction. I think both riders have done a brilliant job today. Troy was in some pain in both races but still fought hard and gave us top ten results. And Ruben took 11th after finishing 20th in Superpole and that shows that he is also a fighter. After four races we are more or less where we expected to be, but 10th position is from where we must now improve on. We are all happy because to be at this kind of level, in such a competitive championship, shows our strength and ability to run with the top guys, all of whom have much more experience then us."