27 February 2009 07:34
BMW Motorrad Motorsport news
2009 Superbike World Championship
Round 1, Phillip Island, Australia
Friday qualifying, 27th February
Circuit: 4.445 kms. Conditions: Dry, sunny/cloudy 23-33 C.
LAP TIMES CLOSE ON DAY ONE
BMW Motorrad Motorsport riders Troy Corser and Ruben Xaus ended the first day of qualifying at Phillip Island with the sixteenth and twentieth fastest times respectively. But lap times are very close and Troy was only a second slower then today’s quickest rider, Jakob Smrz (Ducati), with Ruben just seven tenths of a second further behind. Since the test last weekend, some new parts have arrived for the team to evaluate and the work carried out in this area meant that neither Troy nor Ruben were able to chase any lap times.
Since the test last weekend we received some new parts to try out and today that’s what we did. The new parts affected the way the bike’s chassis worked, so we had to find out what was going, what we had to do and then try and do it. But, I think we did a lot of good work today and definitely got some info and ideas that we can work on tomorrow. Considering what we were doing today, I think that it’s pretty good to be only one second off the pace. All day, I was just working on evaluating the new stuff, improving the bike and not chasing any lap times. I had a little tip-off this afternoon when I lost the front end in Honda corner, but it was a very slow speed crash and I didn't hurt myself at all.
Ruben 1: 34.080
It’s going good here and we were able to solve some problems we didn’t get round to solving last week. This morning was not so easy, but we made some changes to the bike and the afternoon was better. We are trying to get both my bikes set up well for the race, but one bike is working better than the other one and so we have some work to do. I know that this is the first day of a race weekend and there is a lot to do, but I know that we are improving every time out and as long as we do that, I think we are all happy.
Rainer Baeumel (Team manager)
In some ways today was a little frustrating because we had some new parts to try out and I guess it was necessary to go a bit backwards before going forwards again. The riders had to work with a lot of new stuff, but I’m happy because they did this very well and gave the team lots of information. I am sure that we will improve and improve. We have some ideas about what to do and now we are all eagerly waiting in anticipation to see how it all goes tomorrow.
1 Smrz (CZ-Ducati) 1:32.312, 2 Haga (J-Ducati) 1:32.569, 3 Haslam (GB-Honda) 1:32.623, 4 Neukirchner (D-Suzuki) 1:32.673, 5 Kagayama (J-Suzuki) 1:32.704, 6 Nakano (J-Aprilia) 1:32.928, 7 Fabrizio (I-Ducati) 1:32.932, 8 Spies (USA-Yamaha) 1:32.939, 9 Sykes (GB-Yamaha) 1:32.971, 10 Kiyonari (J-Honda) 1:32.991, 16 Troy Corser (Aus-BMW Motorrad Motorsport) 1:33.377, 20 Ruben Xaus (E-BMW Motorrad Motorsport) 1:34.080