AS-Blog_09-04-2010 "Return to the 'Ring"
Return to the 'Ring
After its traditional summer break, the Superbike World Championship returns
to action over the weekend of 3 to 5 September at the challenging Nürburgring
circuit in Germany.
With 10 rounds of this series already complete, and just three remaining,
BMW Motorrad Motorsport are looking forwards to their ‘home’ round with excitement
and anticipation. After being forced to sit out this round last year because
of a broken femur sustained at Brno, Ruben Xaus is relishing the opportunity
of racing at the demanding 5.137 km circuit.
"I have a lot of confidence at the minute," said the determined
Spaniard. "Since Brno I feel like we have made a huge step forward and
if we have the grip I can definitely run close to the podium. As long as
we find a good setting early on in the weekend I do think we can perform
well. Obviously Nürburgring is a home round for BMW and it’s a track I like,
so I hope we can show the home fans our true potential. To be competitive
you need to focus a lot on braking and have a lot of power to cope with the
run uphill. I am focused and I want to finish the year with a good feeling."
Team-mate Troy Corser will be hoping to improve upon his eighth and sixth
place finishes achieved here in 2009. The 1999 Nürburgring WSBK race winner
currently lies 10th in the points on 155, but with only 30 points separating
10th and fifth place in the rider standings, there is everything still left
to play for – especially with 150 points still up for grabs.
"I really like the Nürburgring as a track and I have always gone really
well there, regardless of the bike I have been riding," said Corser. "It
is a circuit that I really enjoy riding. We had a few issues in Silverstone
but we are confident that we have the package to do well in Germany – the
team’s home round. I think the engine and the chassis configurations that
we have with the BMW will work really well in Germany and I am hopeful for
some good results. If we find a good tyre earlier on in the weekend that
works with the track and the bike, then we have a real chance to run at the
For Director of BMW Motorrad Motorsport Berthold Hauser, the challenge of
the Nurburgring can’t come soon enough for the team members, who are all
ready for the return to action this weekend:
"The whole team are extremely looking forward to the next race at
said Hauser. "Silverstone was a weekend to forget for us but as a professional
race team we have taken onboard the information and we are confident going
into the next round. The team will not be affected by the poor performance
at Silverstone as we all fully believe that we have the package to compete
at the front, regardless of the track. Everyone is focused and ready for
the weekend ahead. It will be a great occasion for everyone associated with
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