While he wasn't quite able to record the win he dearly wanted to give Yamaha, Troy Corser was nonetheless delighted to finish the 2008 World Superbike season as the runner-up.
A remarkable feat given he hasn't tasted the winner's champagne this season (or last season), Corser's sheer consistency, which included 13 podiums, was enough to trump team-mate Noriyuki Haga's seven victories.
Finishing on the rostrum again in Portugal, although Corser didn't have the searing pace he had hinted at in qualifying, his experience paid dividends in the first race when tyre wear became a factor.
Following it up with sixth in the second race safe in the knowledge that his closest rival for second place in the standings had received a drive-thru penalty, Corser admits he was happy to settle for just a few points and record his best overall finish since his 2005 title win.
“In practice and qualifying we didn't have much dry track time, so we had to gamble a bit on the settings. I was really happy with my podium in the first race and that together with Nori's retirement meant that I had a bit of a cushion over him going into race two.
“I wanted another podium, but more than that, I wanted second in the championship, so I rode as consistently as I could. There was one 'moment' towards the end of the second race when somebody ran into me and I had to go off the track. I got back, but lost some time in the process. Then I saw my pit boards saying that Nori was not a threat (he had jumped the start, so had to do a ride-though penalty) so I just rode as smoothly as I could.”
With a completely new challenge at BMW beckoning in 2009, while Corser's two-year stint at Yamaha failed to deliver the ultimate silverware, he was full of praise for the Italian-based outfit.
“To get second in the championship feels great! We've had two good years and have achieved a lot, including the manufacturer's title last year. It's been great having Dave with us this year and I would like to thank him and the whole team for all their hard work throughout.”