Corser clarifies relationship with JR Racing BMW

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Troy Corser has spoken out for the first time since the demise of the JR Racing BMW World Superbike team, to clarify his status within the failed project. Originally billed as a key member of the squad, which failed to ever make a race, the Australian has distanced himself from team owners Chary Robinson and Manfredi Lombardi.

Speaking in a statement released online, Corser has emphasised that his role within the team was one of only employee and not senior management.

“I have remained quiet and committed until these days in the hope of a solution that would have enabled us to get two riders onto the grid- at least for the first European WSB round. However, as the situation is now harming my own image – as some people seem to think I am the manager or owner of the team – I cannot remain silent any longer.

“I was an employee, not the owner and not even the team manager, so I don’t appreciate reading here and there people referring to JR Racing Team as ‘Troy Corser’s team’ – especially in connection with reports regarding what is considered a failure.

“Unless the JR Racing Team owner (Charley Robinson) very quickly finds a solution, and in particular in regards to all outstanding financial obligations, I’m afraid that I will have no other option than finding JR Racing Team in breach of it’s obligations to me, and will therefore take all necessary steps to protect my image and my interests.”

The squad, which had signed Ayrton Badovini and Toni Elias for the 2015 season, imploded in a flurry of rival press releases earlier this year. With accusations firing between management and owners, the team has failed to make the grid for any testing or racing.

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

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