Troy Corser is determined to put his punishing weekend at Donington Park behind him with a good performance in the latest round of the World Superbike Championship at Vallelunga in Italy.
The Aussie rider fell from the Yamaha Italia bike a total of six times at Donington Park, but while he suffered several bruises in the process, a third place finish in the second race was nonetheless enough to move him up to the provisional runners-up spot in the standings.
It is a position he is determined to consolidate as the series heads down south again for Vallelunga, one of the faster circuits on the World Superbike calendar.
“We tested at this track earlier in the year; mostly evaluating our electronics package and some development tyres,” Corser, who is still searching for his first win with the team, said. “The track's layout is pretty good. I don't think they have changed it from last year, when we had a fair result.
“The weather may be changeable for us this weekend, even though we expected earlier it would be good, but either way our bike is working well in wet or dry conditions. In terms of set-up, we will probably start the weekend from where we ended testing, before we try anything different. My body is OK after my Donington falls, and the physiotherapy I have had has worked well, so I'm ready to race.”
Team-mate Noriyuki Haga, meanwhile, is also keen to get back to winning ways at Vallelunga after a disastrous round last time out. Retiring with mechanical problems in the first race, Haga went on to be disqualified midway through the second race for 'ignoring' a drive-thru penalty.
“I go into the Vallelunga race ready to score more points. Donington didn't turn out well, but I am determined to make a good raceday this weekend. We have tested at Vallelunga already this year, so that will help us to find good settings for the track.”
The race will also be a chance for Yamaha to evaluate their new Ohlins variable electronic suspension, which made its competition debut at Donington Park. However, with the dismal weather conditions preventing them from collecting too much data, Vallelunga is expected to represent a greater idea of its potential.
“We will start the race weekend in Vallelunga the same way as we finished the test there in July, because we were happy with that test. We will use the electronic suspension again, because we have had good results with it. We will also bring some small changes in terms of engine parts. Nothing too radical, but still a small step forward.
“I think we can look forward to going to Vallelunga with good expectations of success, particularly after the strong test results and our usual high level of motivation to succeed. We know our bike can work well around Vallelunga, and at any other circuit."