News 19 Mar 2010

ASBK: Coxhell confirmed to be riding BMW S 1000 RR

Former Australian Superbike Champion Craig Coxhell will debut BMW’s all-new S 1000 RR Superbike at Hidden Valley’s second round of the 2010 Viking Group ASBK championship in the Northern Territory next month.

Aiming to follow on from last year’s successful debut with Bisley Workwear where the Victorian rode his CJC Racing team bike to top privateer honours, the team has found another exciting new partner in Southbank BMW and look forward to get back amongst the action after skipping the season opener at Phillip Island.

“We had a great first year last year and are looking forward to getting to terms with the exciting new S 1000 RR,” Coxhell said. “Gary House is preparing the bikes as we speak and we’ll be able to give them a shakedown and some preliminary testing prior to Darwin, where we’ll be running the stock engine.

“That shouldn’t be an issue – from all reports and the feel from when I rode one earlier this year that should be enough to get us in the ballpark. The stock motor seriously rips. We’ve also been able to secure Dave Cullen to help us out with suspension and setup this year, so we’re looking forward to working with Dave again. We have a successful history together and it’s a pleasure to be alongside Dave again.”

Team owner Rob Coxhell is also excited for the challenge ahead, the team set to develop an all-new motorcycle in the BMW.

“We’re treating this year as a development year – obviously the bikes have only just arrived and we’ve missed the first round, but we’re hoping to get up to speed fairly quickly with some great support from BMW, particularly Chris Bussenschutt and the team at BMW Southbank,” he explained. “We’re also extremely pleased to be continuing our relationships with Bisley Workwear and the guys from Ankermann and the support from our partner suppliers such as Sportsbike tyre warmers.

“It’s a pretty amazing year really in the ASBK this year, with the inclusion of the all new S 1000 RR there will be eight manufacturers going for it which makes for exceptional racing and when you throw in Darwin as a new track – anything could happen. We know there are a lot of very excited BMW riders out there who are keen to see the bikes on track and we’ll do our best to put on a great show.”

The Hidden Valley round will take place on 9-11 April.