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Troy Corser profile

By Dan Moakes
March 1 2006

Troy Corser
nationality · Australian
born · 27 November 1971
world superbike début · 1992
grand prix début · 1997

Troy Corser is one of only three World Superbike title winners currently active in the championship - he recently took his second crown nine years after the first. Not only that, but he is also the only man to win three different Superbike crowns in the space of four years. Although his excursion into Grands Prix didn’t go to plan, Troy remains one of the most successful riders of the last decade; and his record of 35 WSB pole positions puts him among the very quickest guys there are

Troy Corser - photo by Raceline Photography
© Raceline Photography

Débuted in local endurance racing

Débuted in national motocross and dirt-track racing; competed in 80cc, 125cc and 250cc categories

Road racing début, with a Honda CR125; State 250cc Production Champion and ‘C’ Grade Champion - both with a Suzuki RGV250; Australian MCN prize ride on a Yamaha TZ250

Australian 250cc Production Champion, with a Suzuki RGV250; NSW Lightweight Superstreet Series Champion; youngest rider to be promoted to ‘A’ grade; Superbike début, with a Suzuki GSX-R750 - finished 11th in Australian GP support race, also his début on slick tyres

6th in Australian 250cc Grand Prix championship, with Peter Jackson Yamaha TZ250B; third in the Malaysian round of the Pan Pacific championship

4th in Australian Superbike championship, with Peter Jackson Yamaha OW01; World Superbike début
Troy raced his Yamaha in the two Australasian rounds, scoring fourteen points from three of the four races

Australian Superbike Champion, with Winfield Honda RC30

AMA Superbike Champion, with Fast by Ferracci Ducati 888; World Superbikes
Corser fitted in four WSB meetings around his successful United States campaign, taking his number 82 machine into the top five six times. Of these, five were podium visits, with a pair of second places at Donington Park his best results. 90 points put him eleventh in the championship table

Troy Corser 1995 - photo by Elliot L Doering
photo by Elliot L Doering ·

1995 Promotor Racing Team, number 11 Ducati
Having been the first foreigner to win the AMA title, and in his first year, it was inevitable that Corser moved to a full-time WSB ride in 1995. Success came immediately, with three podium results in the first five races. Troy scored five pole positions on his 916, and fifteen top three finishes included four victories - all in different continents. 339 points placed him second behind the dominant Carl Fogarty

1996 Promotor Racing, number 2 Ducati
His record on the 1996 916 was even better. There were five more poles, and sixteen top four results, including seven race victories. With Fogarty now trying to adapt to the Honda RC45, Corser took the title at only the second time of asking, scoring 369 points in the process

1997 Yamaha Promotor Racing, number 11 Yamaha
Moving with his team into 500cc Grands Prix, Corser was paired with Luca Cadalora on the YZR500. Unfortunately, there were problems with sponsorship and contracts, not helped when the team collapsed and was rescued by Red Bull and WCM. In the seven races Troy took part in, he got points in four, with twelfth his best finish. This meant eleven points and 23rd in the championship

1998 Ducati Racing AD-VF, number 11 Ducati
A rejuvenated Troy rejoined the World Superbike paddock in 1998, and was immediately back at the front. With seven pole positions and a run of podium finishes, he came close to regaining his title. Leading the standings by half a point from Aaron Slight, and by six from Fogarty, Corser managed to crash during the warm-up at the final round and was forced to miss the two races. He was left in third place overall, with 328½ points

1999 Ducati Performance, number 11 Ducati
1999 was another close one, but the battle was with Honda’s Colin Edwards for second, as Fogarty’s Ducati was once again dominant. Troy put his 996 on pole a further five times, and was a winner three times in thirteen podium visits. This ultimately added up to 361 points, the same amount as Edwards. The American had won five times, which meant Corser was demoted to third in the standings, and lost his Ducati ride as a result

2000 Aprilia Axo Team, number 3 Aprilia
Even after switching to the RSV1000 Aprilia, Corser remained a force to be reckoned with. No Aprilia pilot had ever finished in the championship top ten, but Troy started with a fourth and a third, and was victorious at home in race four. Altogether he would reach the top step five times and, with sixteen other top eight finishes, was a highly creditable third overall, with 310 points. He also recorded four poles and four fastest laps

2001 Aprilia Axo Team, number 3 Aprilia
2001 couldn’t have started better, with the Australian taking a double in round one. However, the RSV wouldn’t prove to be a consistent match for the works Ducati and Honda bikes. Despite eight more rostrums, he didn’t win again, and by the season’s close he had fallen to fourth, on 284 points, even allowing for two poles and four more fastest laps

2002 Foggy Petronas, number 4 Foggy
With Aprilia only running Noriyuki Haga in 2002, Corser signed to lead Carl Fogarty’s new team, with the three-cylinder FP1. The plan was for the bike to be ready to race by mid-season, providing enough road going versions had been completed. In actual fact, Foggy’s targets weren’t met, and Troy’s duties were restricted to development riding

2003 Foggy Petronas Racing, number 4 Foggy
The FP1’s first year of racing was a tough one, although Troy started the first race from the front row. Four second row slots followed, but the best Corser could manage with the flame-spitting machine in races was a fifth at home, and a sixth at Assen. Nevertheless, he kept plugging away, and a score of 107 points meant he wound up twelfth overall

Troy Corser - photo by Raceline photography
Troy Corser in action during 2004 - photo © Raceline Photography

2004 Foggy Petronas Racing, number 4 Petronas
Corser continued as the FPR team leader, with the bike now known as the Petronas FP1, rather than the Foggy. New team-mate Chris Walker scored the bike’s first podium visit, but his third was bettered by Troy when he came second at Misano. More progress was evident as the Australian picked up nine finishes in the top eight, not to mention a pair of pole positions, taking 146 points and advancing to ninth overall

Troy Corser - photo by Raceline Photography
Troy Corser in action during 2005 - photo © Raceline Photography

2005 Alstare Suzuki Corona Extra, number 11 Suzuki
The Japanese manufacturers returned in force with their four-cylinder Superbikes, and Troy joined the highly fancied Alstare team to ride the Suzuki GSX-R1000. The bike was fast from the outset, and Corser proceeded to put it on the podium eighteen times, winning six races in his first seven starts and adding two more later on. With four poles, seven fastest laps and 433 points, he was a clearly deserving champion - the first in the category for Suzuki.

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