Troy Corser kept his fading title hopes alive with a pair of podium finishes at Vallelunga, although he admits tyre wear woes prevented him from doing any better than third in both races.
Corser, still searching for his first win with Yamaha, was in the hunt initially in both races, but each time found himself on the fringes of the leading battle as he began to struggle with the tyre problems in the latter stages.
This was particularly apparent in the second race when he was caught and passed by Michel Fabrizio, a move that would have seen Troy Bayliss in second secure the title had he not come down with three corners remaining.
However, his fall has given Corser a glimmer of hope for the title, even if the 79 point margin remains a difficult one for him to make up with four races remaining.
“It's always good to get on the podium, especially when you've worked hard to get there and this weekend has been a tough one, not helped by losing a day's dry track time on Friday.
“I had some front end grip problem in race one, so we made some small changes to the bike for race two and although the bike felt better, we still used the tyre up. It was hard holding on the two guys up front and I could catch them on the brakes, but they would pull away from me exiting the turns.
”The rear tyre went off sooner in race two, than race one and from then it was just a case of hanging on as best I could. I want say a big thank you to the team for all their hard work this weekend, congratulations to my team mate for winning both races.”