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Fresh from recording their best result so far inthe FIM Superbike World Championship at Valencia, Spain, Team BMW MotorradMotorsport - headed by BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director Berthold Hauser - are busypreparing for the fourth race weekend of the 2010 season. Riders Troy Corser (AUS) andRuben Xaus (ESP) will be striving to maintain the team's upturn in form at the classicAssen circuit in the Netherlands.The BMW Motorrad Motorsport test team stopped off at the Mugello circuit in Italyduring the week before Assen. Troy and the crew spent Tuesday and Wednesdayworking on the set-up of the BMW S 1000 RR. The Australian racked up a total of 564kilometres over the two days.Troy Corser:"In the early years of my career we used to race on the old Assen circuit, which I liked alot. It was an old-school kind of track, the sort you used to get a lot of in the 1970s: flat,quick and with a lot of long, sweeping corners. The character of the circuit has beenretained, despite a series of modifications, but it has lost some of its appeal for the riders.That's not the case for the fans, though; this is still a great event and the atmosphere'sfantastic.I've never really nailed a race at Assen, although I have made the podium a few times. AtAssen you have to take a big risk to be really ultra-fast, and that doesn't necessarily suitmy riding style. If the bike isn't set up perfectly you lose a lot of time - especially in thelast section through the three right-handers Mandeveen, Duikersloot and Meeuwenmeerand the long left-hander afterwards. I'm just taking each race as it comes. We've madesome key improvements to the bike over the last few weeks and taken big steps forwardin terms of acceleration and top speed."Ruben Xaus:"I'm a fan of Assen, and the track suits my riding style. I've finished on the podium hereseveral times and won one of the races in 2003. My crew is doing an outstanding job. Weare improving our understanding of the bike all the time and I'm only one small step awayfrom getting some good results. I hope I can turn things around at Assen and will befighting all the way; I owe it to BMW."Berthold Hauser, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director:"After our most successful race weekend to date at Valencia, we move on to our nextchallenge. The TT Circuit Assen is not one of the better tracks for our bike. However, weshowed in Spain that we're now able to give a good account of ourselves in places wherewe've struggled in the past. After six races we've collected 16 points more than at thesame stage in our debut season. Our aim is to continue the upward trend of the pastcouple of weekends.With the nature of the Assen track it's important that Troy and Ruben keep everythingvery smooth. The traction control software developments our technicians have beenworking on should help both riders here."Background:Assen is the capital of the Dutch province of Drenthe. This city of just under 70,000people lies in the north of the province. The centre of Assen - the oldest part of the city -has witnessed significant changes during the course of its development and visitors willfind a mix of buildings from various eras. Today, around 5,200 people live in the centre.This is the signature district of the city, and boasts a swathe of shops and leisure facilities.The TT Circuit Assen has been designed specifically for the demands of motorcycleracing. Several of its 11 left-hand and six right-hand corners are banked. The grandstandsat this Dutch motorcycle mecca can hold a total of around 100,000 spectators. Bikeracing has a long tradition at Assen, with a round of the World Championship taking placehere every year since 1949. A permanent race track measuring 7.705 kilometres inlength was built in 1955, consigning the original road race through the villages of Borger,Schoonloo and Grolloo to the history books. In 2006 the length of the circuit wasshortened to 4.555 kilometres. Since 1992 Assen has played host to 36 Superbike WorldChampionship races, Ruben Xaus winning one of them in 2003.The layout of the "TT Circuit Assen" encourages a flowing style. In the hairpin, the turnincharacteristics and acceleration of the bike are of utmost importance. Changes havebeen made to the approach to Ruskenhoek. The rest of the circuit flows easily, requiringbikes to be set up for good corner entry. The penultimate turn demands a stable bike,with heavy braking being the order of the day for the final chicane.Facts and figures:Circuit/Date TT Circuit Assen / 25th April 2010Start time Race 1 (local/CET) 12.00 hrs / 12.00 hrsStart time Race 2 (local/CET) 15.30 hrs / 15.30 hrsLap/Race distance 4.555 km/100.210 km (22 laps)Corners 11 left-hand and 6 right-hand cornersWinner Race 1: Ben Spies, Yamaha WSB, 36:31.338 min.2009 Race 2: Noriyuki Haga, Ducati Xerox Team, 36:31.712 min.Fastest race lap 2009 Noriyuki Haga, Ducati Xerox Team, 1:38.680 min.Data 2009: Top speed: 281.6 km/h (Max Biaggi, Race 1)Longest section at full throttle: 8.9 sec / 520 mFastest corner: Turn 13, fifth gear, 265 km/hMaximum deceleration: 265 km/h - 108 km/hRiders Troy Corser Ruben XausDate of birth 27.11.1971 18.02.1978Place of birth Wollongong, Australia Sant Cugat del Valles, SpainNationality Australian SpanishResidence Monaco AndorraMarital status Married MarriedHeight 1.75 m 1.83 mWeight 66 kg 71 kgWSBK debut 1992, Phillip Island 1998, NürburgringRace starts 337 180Pole positions 42 1Wins 33 11Podium finishes 128 11Fastest race laps 45 13Best WSBK placing 1st (1996 and 2005) 2nd (2003)WSBK points 2010 46 19Team BMW Motorrad MotorsportFounded 01.01.2009Locations Munich and Stephanskirchen (DE)WSBK debut 2009, Phillip Island (AUS)Race starts 34Pole positions 0Wins 0Podium finishes 0Fastest laps 2WSBK points 2010 47WSBK placings 6th (2009), 141 points