Corser completes BMW package
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.