Speed Superbike Champion, Troy Corser

He’s based in Monte Carlo – but calls Albion Park home – and for Troy, the only difference between the two cities, is the speed at which they travel. For someone who’s used to going fast it’s quite ironic that he prefers the slow lane in life. “To come back to Wollongong, the place, the people, the lifestyle, the speed that everyone moves at.And the surrounding areas, we have such a beautiful coastline with mountain ranges so close,” he says.
At just 34 years of age, Troy has accomplished what most motorbike racers only dream of.Two World Superbike Championship titles – albeit nine years apart – but he’s looking to rein in the gap. “Basically, my goal is to win as many titles as possible.”
He first started riding at just three years of age; at age 10 he competed in his first race. By 24 he was World Champion. With more than 20 rounds to a racing season, the months of February to October have been dedicated to the track ever since. Surrounded by a circuit full of young recruits, his age is an advantage. “I feel I’m only getting better as I get older.”
It hasn’t been an easy ride to the top. It takes hundreds of thousands of dollars to engineer a superbike – it takes talent to ride one well. Endless hours at the track, year in, year out takes its toll. “Endurance and mental concentration are the biggest factors.We’re normally going just over 300 kilometres an hour at top speed, so you have to be mentally fit.”
Now a father of two, parenting has been added to the adrenalin mix. Troy met wife Samantha in England 10 years ago during a television interview. The couple has a son Kalani and daughter Kelisa and racing has become a family passion.“They come to the track most of the time, so I get the best of both worlds really, because I don’t have to leave my family behind.” And to prove the need for speed is genetic, you only have to look to son Kalani.A proud father explains.“He’s already riding bikes, only a four wheeler, but he’s only 2-and-a-half years old. He loves the track and doesn’t mind the noise. He can stand right next to a motorbike and it doesn’t frighten him, like it does other kids.”
What is frightening is the number of injuries Troy has sustained in his quest for supremacy. The falls are inevitable – so too are the broken bones.“I ruptured my spleen in 1998 when I was in Japan. I would have won the World Championship but ended up cracking it an hour before the race, during practice,” he says. And just recently at Phillip Island, a win after a 22- lap dog-fight in the first race, was marred by a sickening fall in the second. Troy immediately puts a positive spin on it.“There’s still quite a few rounds
left in the championship and I’m quite happy with the position I’m in now.” Like all professional sports men and women, there will come a time when Troy hangs up his helmet for good. It’s not on the cards just yet, but it is something he’s thought about.
“After racing there’ll be some business and sports management I think.” As well-travelled as the Corsers are, Monaco will be left as a holiday destination and Wollongong will be the family’s permanent base.“It’s always nice to come back home. To spend time with family, friends and the people I grew up with.”

Published originally by webfx2digital (Image Lifestyle Magazine).

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