SBK Race Report
Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport celebrated the best result so far in the history of the young team in the FIM Superbike Wold Championship.
During World Superbike Race 1, Troy Corser (AUS) secured Team BMW Motorrad’s best ever result in the FIM Superbike World Championship. He finished the race in fourth, just ahead of Noriyuki Haga (JPN). Before today, the team’s best ever result was Troy’s fifth in Brno 2009. Ruben Xaus (ESP) finished the race 12th. The two riders collected a total of 17 points. These are the most points they have scored in a single race. Leon Haslam (GBR, Team Suzuki Alstare) won race 1.
In Superbike Race 2, the race was red flagged after three laps because of a crash involving Vittorio Iannuzzo (ITA) and Simon Andrews (GBR). The aggregate result saw Ruben finish 11th, while Troy was 12th. Noriyuki Haga won the race.
Troy Corser says: “Race 1 was great. That’s where I expect us to be right now. The bike just felt good. We were able to compete with the top guys, to manage the tyres and to go at race pace until the chequered flag. We did not change a lot for the second race. Unfortunately I lacked grip over the entire race distance. We now have to analyse the data and see what we can learn.”
Result Race 1: 4th, Gap to 1st: 00:04.209 min / Fastest Lap Race 1: 1:35.100 min
Result Race 2: 12th, Gap to 1st: 00:26.116 min / Fastest Lap Race 2: 1:35.284 min
Ruben Xaus says: “Overall I am not too unhappy. We knew that Valencia would be tough for us. The weekend was more or less over after missing the second session of Superpole. When you start from 17th, racing is really tough. You lose contact with the front riders very quickly and then you have to fight over the entire race distance. It is hard to find your rhythm. Anyway, finishing in 12th and 11th is not too bad. Congratulations to Troy and the entire team for the great performance. I am confident of scoring better results soon.”
Result Race 1: 12th, Gap to 1st: 00:25.203 min / Fastest Lap Race 1: 1:36.063 min
Result Race 2: 11th, Gap to 1st: 00:25.179 min / Fastest Lap Race 2: 1:36.083 min
Berthold Hauser (BMW Motorrad SBK Motorsport Director) says: “We scored the best result so far in our team’s short history in the Superbike World Championship (WSBK), so certainly I am very happy. We demonstrated in Superpole and in race 1 that we are really not far from the top guys. The team has worked very hard over the last couple of months and finally the hard work seems to be paying off. We are definitely heading in the right direction. We knew that Valencia would be tough and now wait for tracks that suit us better. We hope both Vittorio Iannuzzo and Simon Andrews get well soon. All best wishes to them.”
Second victory in the second race of the season and the lead in both the Riders’ and Manufacturers’ Championship extended: Team BMW Motorrad Italia STK stays as the benchmark in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup. Ayrton Badovini (ITA) won the race more than three seconds ahead of his compatriot Davide Giugliano and BMW S 1000 RR rider Sylvain Barrier (FRA). Badovini leads the overall riders’ standings with the maximum possible of 50 points, ahead of Giugliano and Barrier (both 29 points). In the manufacturers’ standings, BMW also leads with 50 points ahead of Honda (33).