When the first session of free practice begins on Friday at 12.45 hrs local time in the next round of the 2010 FIM Superbike World Championship at Silverstone, all the riders and teams will be entering largely unfamiliar terrain.
Although it is only three years since the World Championship last stopped by at the legendary race track in the English county of Northamptonshire, the circuit has undergone extensive modifications over recent months.
Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport is travelling to Great Britain in upbeat mood. Troy Corser (AUS) missed out on the races in Brno after crashing heavily in Friday qualifying, and is eager to get back into race action. Ruben Xaus (ESP), meanwhile, celebrated his best result yet for BMW Motorrad Motorsport in the Czech Republic. Ruben goes into the Silverstone race weekend in 13th place in the riders’ standings on 64 points; Troy is seventh with 149 points. In the manufacturers’ table BMW is lying sixth on 163 points.
Troy Corser says: “After my crash in Brno I’ve been working a lot on my fitness. I’ve got a test scheduled at Mugello on Tuesday to make totally sure that I’m back to 100 per cent fitness. Now I’m looking forward to Silverstone; I spend a fair amount of the year in Great Britain and expect to see a lot of family friends at the track, so it will be something of a second home race for me.”
“I’ve already had a chance to take a look around the new track. The new layout looks very good and surface grip seems pretty consistent. There are a few bumps, especially where the new asphalt has been laid. I’m expecting us to do a good job here with our bike; we’ve done a lot of work on chassis set-up and the bumps shouldn’t be a particularly big problem. Engine power is a major factor at Silverstone, as the circuit has several long straights. There are also a handful of long, sweeping corners, which load up the tyres on one side, so it’s important to have a good throttle connection.”
Ruben Xaus says: “Brno was a very positive weekend for me. Although I unfortunately crashed in the second race, the team can be proud of our performance. We showed that we’re competitive and that we can keep pace with the top guys in every session. I hope that we can keep our form going at Silverstone.”
“I have good memories of the track, as I’ve finished on the podium there on several occasions in the past. I’ve only seen the new layout on TV, but it looks interesting. There are some stop-and-go corners and it seems like quite a physically demanding track. Some areas of the new section appear to be quite bumpy; we’ll take this into account in our set-up work and make the necessary adjustments to the bike.”