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Castrol Moto

Q&A with Troy Corser

We caught up with Troy Corser as he enters his third season with BMW Motorrad Motorsport.

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Q: Troy, you are going into your third season with BMW Motorrad Motorsport. How would you summarise your first two years together?
A: Over these two years we worked very hard. During race weekends we naturally tried to post good results, but above all we were able to amass some important data for future developments. This can now be used during the new season in the knowledge we have a bike which functions well and with which we can attack.

Q: What progress have you been able to observe since 2009?
A: When you compare the bike we have today with the one we had at the beginning a lot of progress is visible in many areas. The development continues, based on all the data we have collected. Now we can concentrate on racing. We aim to post the results that are possible with this bike by using all our potential.

Q: What are your impressions of the 2011 BMW S 1000 RR?
A: I think the suspension is one of the strengths of the bike, yet even here we have been able to make improvements. We have also worked on the engine, which is very aggressive and powerful. However, we needed to tame it a bit in order to make it easier to ride.

Q: You are now 39. Are there areas where you can profit from a sort of ‘wisdom through age'?
A: Yes, naturally. The more experience one has, obviously the better. I am one of the most experienced, if not the most experienced, rider of four-cylinder superbikes. Before joining this project I raced for five different manufacturers. Every one of these manufacturers won races and also championships. I brought this wealth of experience to BMW, a manufacturer with the same will to win as I have. And I firmly believe together we are able to develop the basis for success. Now we need to harness the entire package correctly in order to achieve our mission.

Q: What further steps do you expect during 2011?
A: I think if we are able to score podiums regularly it will be a lot easier for the entire team. And if we are then able to win races it will be simply fantastic. We are not going into our third season in the belief we will win every race, but our aim is to mix it at the front on every occasion. We have the basis for the next step.