World Superbike Press Release
Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport rider Ruben Xaus has been advised by his doctors not to race at the Nürburgring this coming weekend, so the team is giving a chance to Briton Richard Cooper, who will now team-up with regular BMW competitor Troy Corser.
Twenty-six year old Richard is no stranger to BMW, having raced the BMW HP2 Sport in the World Endurance Championship last year and has also been a regular competitor in the BMW Boxer Cup. He has also tested the S 1000 RR racebike at the Eurospeedway Lausitz recently.
For Ruben, wisdom overcame his racers natural desire to compete, and as he himself explained, "
I saw my specialist today (Monday) and he advised me not to race and, for once in my life, I am going to be sensible and do what a doctor says! It is better that I sit this one out because I will then have another three weeks and be much stronger for the Imola race at the end of September".
This will be Cooper's first full WSB ride, and he is understandably delighted to have been chosen.
"It's a great honor to be asked by the team to ride in place of Ruben and I will do my very best for sure", said Cooper. "This ride is like a dream come true, but I am under no illusions about the massive task waiting for me this weekend. I have never raced at the Nürburgring before, but at least I have tested the S 1000 RR racebike, so I have some knowledge of it before going out for my first laps."
Team BMW Motorrad Motorsport rider Ruben Xaus underwent a successful operation on his right femur at the Centro Medico Teknon hospital in Barcelona yesterday and is already looking forward to starting his physiotherapy and rehabilitation.
The operation was carried out by surgeons Dr Miquel Llobet and Dr Miguel Sales and involved the insertion of three screws into the femur and went as smoothly as possible. Ruben was discharged from hospital today and will begin his physiotherapy this week at a sports clinic and rehabilitation centre not far from Playa de Aro, north of Barcelona.
"Everything has worked so efficiently" declared Ruben. "I arrived at the hospital yesterday morning and the doctors were already waiting for me. The operation went very well and I had three screws put into my femur and twenty-four hours later they told me I could leave! I want to thank Miquel Llobet and Miguel Sales for doing a great job and all the medical team for looking after me so well.
"I am going to stay in an apartment in Playa de Aro, near the beach, but also because it is very close to where I will be doing my physiotherapy and rehabilitation. At the moment I am on crutches, because I am not allowed to put any weight on my right leg, but I can sit down normally and get about OK. I can start swimming almost straightway and physiotherapy very soon. I am in no pain and I am really looking forward to getting fit and back on my bike again.
By Olaf Wolff AllAboutBikes.com Sr. Staff Writer
I have yet to wear a pair of boots more suitably named then BMW’s AirFlow 2 boots. The first hot day I slide my feet into them my over-heated dogs barked with pleasure like a happy pooch with his head out a speeding car window. The moving air quite literally circulates around your ankles and feet and up between your toes. Can you really ask for anything more from a pair of summer boots then that – short of built-in air-conditioning?
You might ask can they offer real foot protection, and I’d have to point out whose little black, white and blue emblem, recognized world wide for technical integrity, is affixed to the left boot. The AirFlow 2 boots come complete with shin and ankle protectors, toe cap and heel reinforcement, and reflective material above the heels for night visibility. Even though the air flows freely and abundantly in these boots there’s never a doubt your feet aren’t adequately encased and safe.
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