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Troy Corser to sit out Kyalami WSB

Published: 14 May 2009

Updated: 24 November 2014

BMW rider Troy Corser will miss this weekends World Superbike round in Kyalami following the injuries sustained during Sunday’s Monza race.

The Australian who was already riding with a broken bone in his hand sustained in a testing crash was involved in the horrific turn one incident crash at Monza in which Tommy Hill’s Altea Honda landed on the back of his head and neck.

The double WSB champion defied the odds and elected to ride in the re-start where he suffered another high speed crash at the Parabolica. He sat out of race two.

The news that Corser will not race in Kylami is a bitter blow to the German team given the impressive progress they are making just five rounds into their WSB debut.

At Monza Corser’s team-mate Ruben Xaus secured the teams best ever result after taking seventh and ninth in the two races.

BMW’s Motorsport Director Berti Hauser said:

"After the races in Monza on Sunday, Troy and the team sat down together and jointly made the decision that it would be better for him to sit out Kyalami and get fit for USA.

"Troy suffered a horrific crash at the start of the first race in Monza and was hit in the back of the neck and head by another bike. He then had a high speed tumble in the restart and was probably a little dazed.

"He was already riding with a cracked bone in his left hand and had to have painkillers and special strapping in order just to compete in Monza.“

Current BMW test rider and fellow Australian, Steve Martin, will replace Corser at this weekends South Africa race. Martin last raced in WSB in 2007.

During his career he has competed in 181 races with five podiums, three poles and one fastest lap.

The last time he raced competitively was in World Endurance at the Bol d’or 24 hour last month, which he won.

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