Corser com­pletes BMW pack­age

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Motorsport - STEPHEN OTTLEY

ALL eyes will be on Mo­toGP this week­end at Phillip Is­land, but plenty is go­ing on in the World Su­per­bike Cham­pi­onship.

Aus­tralia’s Troy Corser has signed to BMW’s new Su­per­bike team for next sea­son, giv­ing the Ger­man com­pany not only one of the fastest rid­ers but one of the most tech­ni­cally pro­fi­cient. He joins Spa­niard Ruben Xaus.

‘‘I am de­lighted Troy is join­ing our team and that our jig­saw is now com­plete,’’ BMW Mo­tor­rad Motorsport di­rec­tor Berti Hauser says. ‘‘He was in our minds from the start.

‘‘I be­lieve he and Ruben are the best com­bi­na­tion of rid­ers for our new chal­lenge. Troy has told me he is ex­cited about help­ing us de­velop the bike and be­ing part of the project from the beginning.’’

Corser has rid­den for five Su­per­bike brands. He won the 1996 ti­tle with Du­cati and again in 2005 on a Suzuki. He has also rid­den for Aprilia, Foggy Petronas Racing and Yamaha. A world ti­tle with BMW would make him the first rider in Su­per­bike his­tory to win the ti­tle for three man­u­fac­tur­ers.

Corser is the lat­est player to find a home as the silly sea­son moves into its fi­nal stages.

The most sought-af­ter ride in the se­ries is still of­fi­cially up for grabs be­cause Du­cati still hasn’t named a re­place­ment for re­tir­ing Aussie Troy Bayliss.

Ja­panese star Noriyuki Haga is be­lieved to be close to a deal to lead the Ital­ian team.

For­mer Mo­toGP star Max Bi­agi re­cently an­nounced he will lead Aprilia’s re­turn to Su­per­bikes.

Aus­tralians will be the first to find out how it all works out when Phillip Is­land hosts the 2009 sea­son opener on March 1.

Ready: BMW has cre­ated the S1000RR for its World Su­per­bike de­but.

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