Team BMW Motorrad World SBK racing team continued the upward trend from the last couple of weeks in Assen (NED) on Saturday. Troy Corser (AUS) achieved the team’s best ever qualifying result in the FIM Superbike World Championship.
The 38-year-old finished the Superpole 3 qualifying in third. Ruben Xaus (ESP) will start Sunday’s races from 12th. Prior to this the team’s best qualifying position was fifth for Troy at the previous round in Valencia (ESP).
Troy Corser says: "We have come quite a long way. The team has done a lot of work on the bike, and we have been testing a lot. Finally the work has started to pay off. The bike is quite fast and feels stable, and I feel quite comfortable riding it. We were aiming for the front row, and it would be great to finish the races like today’s Superpole. I am looking forward to tomorrow."
RaceBike: BMW S 1000 RR
Fastest Lap Qualifying Practices: 1:35.621 min
Fastest Lap Free Practice: 1:36.092 min
Fastest Lap Superpole 3: 1:35.306 min
Ruben Xaus says: "The team did an incredible job with the bike. We have made big steps forward in terms of traction and rideability. My problem is that I still do not feel the bike properly. I simply need more mileage and time on the bike. However, I am always pushing to the limit. I had a minor, controlled crash on my final flying lap in Superpole 2. I was mid corner and mid throttle. I think a little more would have been possible today. Congratulations to Troy and the team as they did a great job."
RaceBike: BMW S1000RR SBK
Fastest Lap Qualifying Practices: 1:36.872 min
Fastest Lap Free Practice: 1:36.426 min
Fastest Lap Superpole 2: 1:36.094 min
Davide Tardozzi (BMW Motorrad Motorsport Team Manager) says: "Today is another small step forward. We have been climbing up the field since the first test in Portimão in January, which reflects very well on the work done by the riders and on the way the team has improved the bike. The team really did a good job."
Weather conditions: Sunny.
Temperature: Air: 18 – 21°C, Track: 16 – 31°C
Number of riders participating: 22 from 12 teams
Fastest Superbike Lap Qualifying Practices: Troy Corser (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) 1:35.621 min
Fastest Superbike Lap Superpole 3: Jonathan Rea (HANNspree Ten Kate Honda) 1:34.944 min