Corser out Martin in for Kyalami
Troy Corser has elected not to race at Kayalami this weekend.
Battered Troy Corser will not be racing in Kyalami this coming weekend. Troy took a severe battering in two heavy crashes at Monza last weekend and it was felt that it would be better for him to give the South African round a miss and get fully fit for the USA round.
Troy Corser: "There have been many crashes at the first chicane, so maybe it is about time that the circuit thought about how to change it. The crashes are always caused by somebody coming from behind, never by the front runners. One minute I was going into the corner and the next minute I was down. I guess the bike hitting my neck and back did most of the damage and perhaps I should not have gone out for the restart, but at the time I felt OK. Another crash!"
"On Sunday evening I sat down with Berti (BMW Motorrad Motorsport’s director) and together we decided to give Kyalami a miss. I am still having problems with the cracked bone in my left hand and that makes changing the bike’s direction not so easy. Normally, this bone takes six weeks or s to heal, so racing every other weekend is not doing it any good. Also, I suffered a little concussion in the Monza crash and that together with the cracked bone is enough. Kyalami is a very physical circuit and it’s also quite bumpy and that is not good for my hand. So we decided to sit out Kyalami and give my hand a chance to get better and be in a better condition for USA at the end of the month."
Troys seat will be filled by racer turned announcer Steve Martin, the Aussie veteran who’s many duties include BMW test rider, and a being a recent winner of the LeMans 24 Endurance race.
The Kyalami round will be telecast on Fox Sports 3 this Sunday the 17th May 2009.