World SBK Kyalami
A positive motorcycle racing finish after a tough Kyalami Superbike weekend for Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport: After struggling in the first race, Troy Corser (AUS) and Ruben Xaus (ESP) were able to finish the second race seventh and 11th respectively.
Troy has now scored a total of 105 points after six rounds of the 2010 FIM Superbike World Championship season, nine more than during the entire 2009 campaign. Ruben has 42 points to his credit.
In the manufacturers’ standings, BMW has scored a total of 108 points and lies sixth.
WSBK Race 1
Both Troy and Ruben made up places at the start: Troy finishing the first lap in tenth, while Ruben was 13th.
Troy passed Jakub Smrz (CZE) on lap three, and Jonathan Rea (GBR) on lap seven.
Both BMW riders lost a couple of positions again, and finished 12th and 14th respectively. Michel Fabrizio (ITA) won the race.
WSBK Race 2
Again, good first laps for both BMW riders: Troy crossed the line eight and Ruben 12th.
Troy passed Leon Camier (FRA) shortly after, and tried to close the gap to the front. Ruben battled for a long time with Noriyuki Haga (JPN).
In the end, Troy defended his seventh position, and Ruben only missed a top ten finish by one position.
Troy Corser Bike: BMW S 1000 RR
Result Race 1: 12th, Gap to 1st: 00:25.504 min / Fastest Lap Race 1: 1:38.854 min
Result Race 2: 7th, Gap to 1st: 00:13.740 min / Fastest Lap Race 2: 1:38.989 min
Troy Corser says: "In the first race I really had zero grip after only five laps. I had no confidence to attack any more, and I literally just rolled around the track till the end of the race. We changed the bike’s set-up a little bit between the races, and we used the Diablo B rear tyre spec instead of the A spec as we had over the entire weekend. The consistency of this tyre was much better than in the first race."
"I am quite happy with the changes, in the second race I was able to ride the bike. Unfortunately I lost a little of the initial grip in the middle of the corner. I was really quick in the first sectors, but could not really follow the other bikes at the top of the hill. This was a little frustrating. I tried to adjust over the course of the race and rode the bike completely differently to how I had over the whole weekend."
Ruben Xaus Bike: BMW S 1000 RR
Result Race 1: 14th, Gap to 1st: 00:27.273 min / Fastest Lap Race 1: 1:39.624 min
Result Race 2: 11th, Gap to 1st: 00:21.101 min / Fastest Lap Race 2: 1:39.299 min
Ruden Xaus says: "My start today in both races was not great. I was hoping to make up some more positions early in the race and that didn’t happen. I had to work really hard to get through the field and passing is not easy here."
"In race two the bike was a lot better, we made some changes to the set-up, and that allowed me to run consistent lap times. I had a hard battle with Noriyuki Haga and I worked really hard to defend my position. I tried my best today. It was another step forward for me and the team and I am confident for the next race in the United States."
Berthold Hauser (BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director) says: "Today was a positive finish to a really tough weekend for our team. We had to deal with a track that does not really suit our bike. Nevertheless, the entire team – riders, engineers, mechanics and everybody involved – proved to have the right attitude."
"We had ups and downs over the course of the weekend, but the team never gave up. We came back after a disappointing first race. A big Thank You to the team. Although today was a tough day for us, there is reason to celebrate for BMW: Congratulations to BMW Motorsport for winning the prestigious 24 hours race at the Nürburgring with the BMW M3 GT2."
Weather conditions: Sunny
Temperature: Air: 19 – 22 °C, Track: 24 – 33 °C
Number of riders participating: 22 from 13 teams
Fastest lap Race 1: Michel Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox Team) 1:38.170 min
Fastest lap Race 2: Jonathan Rea (HANNspree Ten Kate Honda) 1:38.658 min