| One of Australia’s greatest ever road racing talents, world superbike riderTroy Corser, has retired at the age of 39.|
He bowed out today (Sunday October 16 2011), at the final round of the 2012 championship at Portimao in Portugal, wearing a special crocodile skin livery on his factory BMW. It was his 377th race in world superbike.
The Wollongong rider has carved out a brilliant career, and is one of only six riders to have won multiple world Superbike titles.
Corser’s two WSBK successes came in 1996 and 2005, the first on a Ducati and the second on a Suzuki. He also won three national road racing titles in Australia and America during the early 1990s.
At his absolute best, Corser was a ruthless practitioner. He could not only produce one-lap flyers in qualifying, but he also could seize the initiative in races with his innate ability to lead from the front.
It’s that rare talent which has him retiring with a WSBK record 43 pole positions, and 130 podium finishes in 377 races. Of those visits to the dais, 33 have been for victories, 47 seconds and 50 thirds.
In a WSBK career spanning 15 years, Corser has ridden for six different manufacturers -- Ducati, Aprilia, Foggy Petronas, Suzuki, Yamaha and BMW.
Although he is probably most synonymous with Ducati where he kickstarted in career, Corser’s 2005 championship-winning year with Suzuki was his most complete, when he started off the campaign with six wins from the opening eight races, including a double at Phillip Island.
Over the years, Corser has been a regular winner at Phillip Island, and he retires still holding the lap record around the Victorian seaside circuit.
Corser was a founding member of BMW’s world Superbike team in 2009, but his seat will be taken over by Italian Marco Melandri in 2012.
Corser is married to Sam, and has two children Kalani and Kelissa. Corser turns 40 next month, on November 27, 2011.
His major title wins, follow
2005 – World Superbike Champion - Suzuki
1996 - World Superbike Champion – Ducati
1994 - American Superbike Champion (AMA) – Ducati
1993 - Australian Superbike Champion – Honda
1990 – Australian 250cc Production Bike Champion - Suzuki
In World Superbikes – key stats
Number of races: 377
Pole Positions: 43 (world superbike record)
Podium finishes: 130 podiums from 377 races
- 33 victories, 47 at 2nd place, 50 at 3rd place
Corser ends distinguished career at Portimao () 10/17 01:55 PM
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