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Happy birthday today to two-time Superbike World Champion Troy Corser (1971-).

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From his early years as a hobby rider, his career as a racer and his role as an instructor, Australian former motorcycle racer Corser’s love of the sport has stayed with him. Born in Wollongong, Corser started riding motorcycle­s from a young age and dreamed of one day following in the footsteps of fellow Wollongong export Wayne Gardner, who would go on to become one of Corser’s first sponsors. Corser cut his teeth racing in the Australian and United States superbike championsh­ip titles. He impressed by winning the Australian Championsh­ips in 1993 and the US Championsh­ips the year after and was given the chance to race as a wildcard in a number of world championsh­ip races. In his 20s, Corser landed himself a number of podiums and a full-time spot on the World Superbike Championsh­ip circuit. Despite classifyin­g as 11th in his field, in his first season he finished second overall. The next year, he went one better, securing his first World Superbike Championsh­ip. In 1998, it looked like he would regain the title, leading the standings and taking pole for the final round, but a crash during warm-up left him empty-handed with a couple of broken ribs. Corser came tantalisin­gly close to the top in a number of seasons over the years that followed, but it was almost a decade after he first won that he finally took out the world championsh­ip title again in 2005. When retiring from the world championsh­ip circuit in 2011, Corser had amassed an impressive 33 wins and 43 pole positions, also breaking 45 lap records. He was inducted into the Australian Motorsport Hall of Fame last year.

 ?? Picture: AAP/2Snap, Graeme Brown ?? Troy Corser
Picture: AAP/2Snap, Graeme Brown Troy Corser

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