The 11th round of the 2010 FIM Superbike World Championship at the Nurburgring in Germany was the home event for Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport, and Sunday’s second race marked the 50th race for the young team in the series.
But on Sunday, lady luck was not on the team’s side.
In the first race both riders had a good start and gained lots of positions, but unfortunately during the first lap Troy Corser (AUS) was the innocent victim of a crash and fell.
The race was red flagged. Troy was able to take the second start, but had to withdraw after six laps due to a painful arm as a result of the crash.
The injury also hindered him in the second race and he came in 12th.
Ruben Xaus (ESP) put in a convincing performance with consistent lap times and finished seventh and ninth.
In the championship standings, Troy is 11th with 159 points, while Ruben improved to 13th with 85 points. In the manufacturers’ standings, BMW is sixth (190 points).
Troy Corser says: “In the first race I crashed in an incident with Leon Haslam and I went down on my elbow pretty hard. But I felt I was able to go out for race two despite the pain. Everything felt pretty good for the first ten laps, but after that the pain got worse and I had issues with the feeling in my arm.”
“So I decided to settle for my position and just bring the bike home. I didn’t want to risk further injury by challenging the riders in front. Of course I am disappointed because I am sure under normal circumstances I would have been on the podium. But we are looking forward to the next race now in a positive manner.”
Ruben Xaus says: “It has been a really tough day for us. In both races I fought really hard. In race one with Leon Haslam and race two with James Toseland. I was pushing on every lap, but unfortunately I was having some issues on the first section of the lap.”
“I just couldn’t keep them behind me. But the team have done a great job yet again for me this weekend. All we need to do now is work on a few minor things with the bike, just to find that half second, and then I think we can really challenge the front guys. I am hopeful we can do this for the next race in Imola.”
Berthold Hauser (BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director) says: “Our home event started very well, but the final outcome is not what we expected. We were on top until Saturday before the Superpole started, but then we were followed by bad luck. Troy had a brilliant start in the first race today and moved up to ninth, but then was hit from behind. He was hurt in that crash and that also hindered him in the second race. Hats off to Troy for riding despite the pain.”
“I am really happy for Ruben: he put in a superb performance achieving the best possible results. We had the potential for more this weekend, but now we are determined to show that in the next races.”