Aragon Superbike Tests: Troy Corser Report

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Motorland Aragon World Superbike Tests

Troy Corser ended the three-day World Superbike test at Motorland Aragon pretty satisfied about what he and the team had got through and the information he provided for them to consider.

The BMW Motorrad S1000RR rider spent almost all the time on a 2011 spec superbike, and only used a 2010 bike for about ten laps on the final day.

The 5.344-kilometer Aragon track is a new one on the Superbike calendar and has only been recently built. It is technically demanding and features many changes of elevation and requires a lot of learning and understanding.

During these superbike tests the surface was quite abrasive and Troy and all the other riders had a hard job making their rear tires last more than about seven or eight laps.

Troy Corser says: “I’m pretty happy with what we’ve gone through these three days and I know I have given the boys a lot of information and feedback about the 2011 superbike. Now it’s up to them to sit down, analyse all the data and put it to good use. At the moment the 2011 bike’s engine feels bit too aggressive and we’ve been working on making it a bit smoother. There’s definitely a bit more rpm at the top end, and a bit more torque, and we have been trying different things to make the superbike a bit easier to ride.”

“The balance of the superbike has been changed a bit and we’ve working on getting more grip from the bike – though that’s been a bit of a problem because the track here has been chewing up rear tires. It’s not just us, everybody else is in the same boat, but when we come here to race next year, it’s going to be an awful lot hotter and we might not have the same scenario.”

“The track is pretty technical and – because of a couple of blind corners – a bit like Portimao. Learning it is not so bad, but it has been definitely useful testing here because seeing the track for the first time in a superbike race weekend would be hard work for sure.”

“The other problem here (and maybe one that contributed to our tire problems) is that it is very cold at night and first thing in the morning. At 10.00 am, the track temperature has often been less than 10 C and it’s difficult to get any tires to work when it’s that cold. Fortunately it does warm up during the day and we can go out and do some work, but the most important thing is that we have learned a new track and also done a lot of work on the 2011 bike.”

“I’m a bit disappointed that we’re not using the same layout as MotoGP do because it would’ve been interesting to compare the lap times. Having said that, I don’t think we’d got very close to their times because this superbike track is so long. The corner that we have to use at the end of the long back straight is a real first gear turn and its hard because we have to slow from 315 kph right down to about 50 kph just to make the turn. Also we are seven seconds on the brakes and that’s the longest time on the brakes than any other circuit we race at.”

“It’s s busy time for me over the next few weeks. I will be going to the Milan Show, and then there’s a bit of time off before I go to the team’s race headquarters and take part in a fitness camp – a bit like the one I did last year in Italy. Then I go straight from that to Jerez for superbike tests, followed by a couple of days off and then on to tests in Portimao. By the time Christmas comes, I’ll be ready for a break! But let’s get the next two tests out of the way and hopefully I’ll be able to go ‘down under’ with a bike ready to race next season.”

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One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007 and is currently Editor at Large at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of 365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).