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26.02.10

BMW Motorrad Motorsport - Phillip Island - Qualifying Practice 1

Category: World Superbike (WSBK)

By: BMW Motorrad Motorsport

An unlucky start to the 2010 season for Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport: In total, Ruben Xaus
(ESP) was only able to complete ten laps today as he fell off his BMW S 1000 RR three times. Like
most of the riders, Troy Corser (AUS) struggled with the grip level during both the Free Practice
and the Qualifying Practice 1 session. Troy crashed shortly before the end of today's Qualifying
Practice session. Neither Troy nor Ruben suffered any major injuries. While Troy finished the first
Qualifying Practice session of the year in 16th position, Ruben made it to 19th overall.
 
 
Troy Corser:
Bike: BMW S 1000 RR
Fastest lap Free Practice: 1:34.008 min / Fastest lap Qualifying Practice: 1:33.512 min
"We had some problems with the grip and with the position of the bike in the first session. We
basically changed the settings of the rear shock and the front fork. We also changed the clutch to
something we used last year. My confidence was better immediately. Still, we lacked grip at the
beginning of the second session. Again, we changed the shock setting. The bike then felt easier to
control and the grip was better. At the end of the Qualifying Practice we fitted new race tyres to the
bike. I had more grip immediately. I just arrived a little too fast in turn 10 and lost both front and rear
at the same time."
 
 
Ruben Xaus:
Bike: BMW S 1000 RR
Fastest lap Free Practice: 1:33.692 min / Fastest lap Qualifying Practice 1: 1:33.984 min
"Today simply was not my day. During last week's testing we completed nearly 150 laps without
any major issues and today I crashed three times. Usually you crash when you push to the limit, but
I did not risk anything when I fell off. I braked at the same points as before. We now have to look
into the data and see what we can find out. However, I feel really sorry for the team."
 
 
Davide Tardozzi (BMW Motorrad Motorsport Team Manager):
"It is obviously difficult to see something positive on a day you have four crashes. However, Troy
crashed on his quickest lap during today's Qualifying Practice. He was on to finish in the top eight.
Ruben crashed right at the start of both sessions. At that time he was fifth and sixth respectively. It
is good that the riders are confident with the sitting on the bike. We trust in them."
 
 
Weather conditions: Sunny, hot.
Temperature: Air: 29 - 33 °C, Track: 43 - 54 °C
Number of riders participating: 24 from 14 teams
Fastest lap Free Practice: Leon Haslam (Team Suzuki Alstare) 1:32.468 min
Fastest lap Qualifying Practice 1: Carlos Checa (Althea Racing) 1:32.155 min


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