Superbike Racing Assen: BMW Top 5
Again, there was reason to celebrate for Team BMW World Superbike: Finishing in the top five twice and scoring a total of 22 points in the manufacturers’ standings, the team leaves Assen with the best motorcycle racing result so far in its history in the FIM World SBK Championship.
In race one, Troy Corser (AUS) finished in fifth, just 2.738 seconds behind race winner, Jonathan Rea (GBR). Troy started the race well and took the lead just before turn 1, but was not able to hold onto his position due to tyre wear. Ruben Xaus (ESP) crashed and did not finish the race.
In race two, as in the first race, Troy was fifth, while Ruben finished in tenth. Both Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport riders had great starts and raced well over the course of the race. Troy finished the race two tenths off the podium and set the second fastest lap overall.
Troy Corser says: "Obviously the improvements we found at the Mugello test were pretty useful. When we rolled the bike out here we were pretty good right from the start. We did not have to change a lot. In the first race the rear tyre just did not last long enough. I changed the electronics a bit, but that was pretty much it. For the second race we decided to run the bike a little more controlled at the beginning to save the tyres. It definitely seemed to work better, and my lap times were more consistent. I can now change the way I ride the bike. We have not had that all year. I am pretty happy."
Result Race 1: 5th, Gap to 1st: 00:02.738 min / Fastest Lap Race 1: 1:36.523 min
Result Race 2: 5th, Gap to 1st: 00:04.176 min / Fastest Lap Race 2: 1:36.373 min
Ruben Xaus says: "I had some problems in the first race which resulted in me crashing, but we made some changes and the bike worked a lot better in race two. I got a great start and was with the top guys, but I had one bad lap where four riders passed me, which affected my rhythm. On the whole I feel I have got the bike working how I want it – I just need to find a traction control setting that suits my style."
Result Race 1: DNF, Gap to 1st: 14 laps / Fastest Lap Race 1: 1:37.009 min
Result Race 2: 10th, Gap to 1st: 00:11.486 min / Fastest Lap Race 2: 1:37.206 min
Berthold Hauser (BMW S1000RR Race Director) says: "The weekend’s result is really more than we expected. We definitely improved and proved that we are close to the top. We saw great racing from our riders in both races today. That’s what the spectators expect from BMW. Finishing two tenths off the podium in race 2 proves that we are competitive. The team and the riders did a great job."
Superbike – Race 1
1 65 Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 35’38.483 (168,216 kph)
2 52 Toseland J. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 1.106
3 2 Camier L. (GBR) Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 1.249
4 7 Checa C. (ESP) Ducati 1098R 1.548
5 11 Corser T. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 2.738
6 3 Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 2.813
7 96 Smrz J. (CZE) Ducati 1098R 6.296
8 35 Crutchlow C. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 12.022
9 67 Byrne S. (GBR) Ducati 1098R 12.146
10 41 Haga N. (JPN) Ducati 1098R 19.753
11 91 Haslam L. (GBR) Suzuki GSX-R1000 22.204
12 66 Sykes T. (GBR) Kawasaki ZX 10R 22.282
13 84 Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 22.780
14 50 Guintoli S. (FRA) Suzuki GSX-R1000 23.364
15 99 Scassa L. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 37.097
Superbike – Race 2
1 65 Rea J. (GBR) Honda CBR1000RR 35’43.137 (167,85 kph)
2 91 Haslam L. (GBR) Suzuki GSX-R1000 1.942
3 52 Toseland J. (GBR) Yamaha YZF R1 3.928
4 3 Biaggi M. (ITA) Aprilia RSV4 1000 F. 4.067
5 11 Corser T. (AUS) BMW S1000 RR 4.176
6 7 Checa C. (ESP) Ducati 1098R 4.525
7 96 Smrz J. (CZE) Ducati 1098R 4.682
8 67 Byrne S. (GBR) Ducati 1098R 7.698
9 76 Neukirchner M. (GER) Honda CBR1000RR 9.903
10 111 Xaus R. (ESP) BMW S1000 RR 11.465
11 99 Scassa L. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 15.489
12 84 Fabrizio M. (ITA) Ducati 1098R 23.604
13 50 Guintoli S. (FRA) Suzuki GSX-R1000 29.085
14 77 Vermeulen C. (AUS) Kawasaki ZX 10R 35.401
15 15 Baiocco M. (ITA) Kawasaki ZX 10R 44.330
A hat-trick for Team BMW Motorrad Italia STK in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup: Serafino Foti’s team leaves Assen with a perfect record of three wins in three races. Again, Ayrton Badovini (ITA) was the race winner, just over two seconds ahead of Frenchman Maxime Berger.
Ayrton now leads the overall riders’ standings with the maximum possible of 75 points, ahead of compatriot Davide Giugliano (45) and Maxime Barrier (40). In the manufacturers’ standings, BMW also leads with 75 points ahead of Honda (53).