Corser signs two-year deal with BMW

Two-time champ will ride a BMW S1000R at WSBK

By Motorcycle.com Staff, Sep. 26, 2008
Troy Corser will ride a BMW S1000R in 2009.

The former double Superbike World Champion signed a two-year deal with BMW, ending months of speculation as to who will join Spaniard Ruben Xaus in BMW’s debut in the Superbike World Championship next season.

Corser, who currently sits second in the standings this year on a Yamaha YZF-R1, won the Superbike World Championship in 1996, becoming the youngest rider ever to do so in the process, and then again in 2005. He has been runner-up in the WSBK championship once and third place on three occasions. To date he has taken part in over 300 races, been on the podium 126 times and has 42 pole positions.

Australian Superbike championship racer Kevin Curtain tests the new BMW S1000RR.“With Troy and Ruben, I feel confident we will have the best riders possible for our start in the Superbike World Championship,” says Peter Mueller, executive vice president development and model lines for BMW. “Troy has unrivalled experience in the series and that, together with Ruben’s exuberance, is our ‘dream team’ and the combination we wanted, right from the start of this project. I feel sure that their knowledge of the series will definitely help us become competitive very quickly.

“I am delighted that Troy is joining our team and that our jigsaw is now complete. He was in our minds from the start and I am very happy because I believe he and Ruben are the best combination of riders for our new challenge,” says Berti Hauser, director of BMW Motorrad Motorsport. “Troy has told me that he is excited about helping us develop the bike and be part of the project from the start. He also said that he would like to be the first rider in WSBK history to win the title with three different manufacturers and that he is physically and mentally ready make that his target.”

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