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28.02.10

BMW Motorrad Motorsport - Races Phillip Island

Category: World Superbike (WSBK)

By: BMW Motorrad Motorsport

A good end of a tough start at the 2010 Superbike World Championship season opener for Team BMW
Motorrad Motorsport: While Ruben Xaus (ESP) did not race today, Troy Corser (AUS) finished twice in the top
ten.
 
Warm Up: Ruben collided with Ducati Xerox Team rider Noriyuki Haga (JPN) just before turn 1. Luckily, neither
of the riders suffered any serious injuries. However, Ruben felt disoriented after the collision. After consultation
with team doctor Dr. Vincenzo Tota and the team management, Ruben decided not to participate in today's
races.
 
Race 1: Troy started well into the race, moving up six positions from 13th  to 7th . The Australian ended up in 9th 
position, while Leon Haslam (GBR, Team Suzuki Alstare) won the race in a photo finish four thousands of a
second in front of Italian Michel Fabrizio (Ducati Xerox Team).
 
Race 2: At the start, Troy tried to ride on the outside of turn 1, but had to go wide in order not to touch the
competitor in front. Troy finished the race in 7th  position. Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) won the race.
 
Troy Corser:
Bike: BMW S 1000 RR
Result Race 1: 9th , Gap to 1st: 00:20.291 min / Fastest Lap Race 1: 1:32.820 min
Result Race 2: 7th , Gap to 1st: 00:12.026 min / Fastest Lap Race 2: 1:32.256 min
"I had a good start in the first race and gained a couple of positions. Unfortunately the tyre dropped quite
quickly, and I was unable to push as much as I wanted but it was still a good result. We changed the position of
the bike a little bit before the start of the second race and things were a lot better. The grip was a lot better
immediately, and it was easier to do consistent lap times. I was able to push and fight in the second race like I
wanted to in race 1. I had to work really hard to pass James Toseland towards the end of race 2 but I did and
managed to pull away slightly. Overall, we can be happy with what we achieved here today at Phillip Island."
 
Ruben Xaus:
Bike: BMW S 1000 RR
Results Races: Did not start.
"During Warm Up, when I was behind Nori just before turn 2, I felt aspiration. When you hit the brake there,
normally you have head wind from the sea. This time I was unable to avoid him and hit his bike. This weekend
things went completely wrong. I feel sorry for Nori, for my team and for BMW, as I was not able to manage the
situation well over the course of the weekend. I now have to recover."
 
Berthold Hauser (BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director):
"The weekend was like a roller coaster. We had a lot of difficulties to fight with: We had to manage the pressure
on the team, we faced some technical issues and of course I feel sorry for Ruben who decided not to race due
to his crash in today's Warm Up session. However, the team kept focussed and did a fantastic job. We are
definitely closer to the top teams than last year. Thanks to everybody in the team, and thanks to Troy who had a
great race in race 2. We can now travel back to Europe with our heads held high. Also congratulations to
Reitwagen Racing who did a really good job this weekend.
 
 
Weather conditions: Overcast in the morning, partly cloudy in the afternoon, windy.
Temperature: Air: 19 - 21 °C, Track: 21 - 33 °C
Number of riders participating: 22 from 14 teams
Fastest lap Race 1: Leon Haslam (Team Suzuki Alstare) 1:32.193 min
Fastest lap Race 2: Sylvain Guintoli (Team Suzuki Alstare) 1:32.236 min

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