Troy Corser believes Yamaha's innovative electronic suspension still needs some tweaking still after admitting to struggling with the bike on worn tyres at Magny-Cours.
Already on the back foot after only managing 12th on the grid in qualifying courtesy of a fall during Superpole, Corser battled gamely in both races, but fared better in the second event without
the electronic suspension.
Corser finished sixth in the first race after being unable to get the suspension working in the crucial latter stages. Indeed, he had been running with Fonsi Nieto, but while the Spaniard went on to finish second, Corser finished a considerable distance behind.
“It was good to take a podium today, but it was a shame because I'm sure the results would've been better if I hadn't had to start from the third row of the grid,” he said. “In race one, I struggled trying to feel what the tyre was doing and just couldn't push hard at all. We were using the electronic suspension and it works very well when the tyre is new and maybe not so well at the moment when the tyre is old and worn out.”
As such, a switch to 'regular' suspension followed in the second race with Corser claiming he felt more comfortable as he charged up to third after a series of scintillating early laps. However, while he briefly ran in second place, an error whilst trying to pass Troy Bayliss would lose him ground.
Unable to catch Bayliss and Haga again before the end of the race, Corser admits that, while the suspension works well on the Yamaha machine, it needs fine tuning to perform well when the tyres are wearing down.
“We didn't use the electronic suspension in the second race and ran the bike as normal and, for me, it felt better. It still used the tyre up, but I had more feeling for what was going on. The last few laps were really hard and I nearly took out Troy (Bayliss) towards the end of the race. I was going down the hill and almost lost the front when I braked hard. I had to let the brakes off or I would have hit Bayliss.
“If I had stayed on line, probably we'd both have gone down. Instead I was just able to avoid him, though I did have to take to the astroturf at the side of the track!
“I want to say a big thank you to all my mechanics for the great work they did this weekend and I also want to congratulate Bayliss on taking the title. He has worked really hard all year and deserved it.”