It has been a historic weekend for Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport with Troy Corser (AUS) achieving the team’s first ever podium finish in the second FIM Superbike World Championship race in Monza.
Furthermore, Ruben Xaus (ESP) secured his personal best ever BMW motorcycle race result with the young team, finishing sixth in the first race. In total, Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport scored 26 points in the manufacturers’ standings.
Hendrik von Kuenheim (General Director BMW Motorrad) says: "This weekend has been a historic one for BMW Motorrad. Not only did we prove the BMW S 1000 RR’s quality with the fourth consecutive win in the FIM Superstock 1000 Cup, we also achieved our first ever podium in the FIM Superbike World Championship. We have reached our season goal quite early. Of course, we will now set new goals to achieve one step at a time. Congratulations to the entire team."
Troy Corser says: "I am so happy. We have put so much hard work into the project up to now having had some difficult and frustrating times. It feels so good to see that all the hard work pays off. The bike is becoming better and better. Between the races we made some set-up changes and the bike stopped much easier, and we had the speed to compete with the top guys. Thanks to all the boys at BMW. It has been a long time coming, and it won’t be the last time."
Bike: BMW S 1000 RR
World SBK Result Race 1: 8th, Gap to 1st: 00:09.344 min / Fastest Lap Race 1: 1:43.449 min
World SBK Result Race 2: 3rd, Gap to 1st: 00:05.469 min / Fastest Lap Race 2: 1:43.500 min
Ruben Xaus says: "I felt so good in race one, everything was working so well and I achieved my best ever position on the BMW. I knew I had a good chance to go even better in race two but I was hit from behind on the first lap and I crashed. I am so disappointed with the way I went out of the race because I never even got a chance to get going – there was nothing I could do. However I would like to congratulate Troy and the team for their first podium and I hope we continue this form in South Africa."
Bike: BMW S 1000 RR
WSBK Result Race 1: 6th, Gap to 1st: 00:07.343 min / Fastest Lap Race 1: 1:43.532 min
WSBK Result Race 2: DNF
Berthold Hauser (BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director) says: "I am absolutely lost for words – what can I say? I am so happy for the team. Our aim this year was to get on the podium and we have achieved that, which really is unbelievable at this stage. We can now go on from here and hopefully get more. I need to thank the team for all their hard work as they have put everything into this project. Troy did a fantastic job today. Also congratulations to Ruben, he showed today that he is back. Ruben achieved his best ever result with BMW. I feel very sorry for him, as it was not his fault that he crashed in the second race."
Weather conditions: Overcast.
Temperature: Air: 20 – 25 °C, Track: 16 – 32 °C
Number of riders participating: 24 from 15 teams
Fastest lap Race 1: Jonathan Rea (HANNspree Ten Kate Honda) 1:43.031 min
Fastest lap Race 2: Cal Crutchlow (Yamaha Sterilgarda Team) 1:42.937 min
2010 Manufacturer Points after Monza
1. Aprilia RSV4 184
2. Suzuki GSXR1000 181
3. Ducati 1098R 149
4. Honda CBR1000RR 119
5. Yamaha R1 113
6. BMW S1000RR 95
7. Kawasaki ZX10R 37