Troy Corser says he feels ready to race after completing a further two days of testing for BMW at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia.
With the three day group test at Portimao blighted by terrible weather, BMW took the opportunity to skip over the border to Spain and complete a couple more days of running in warmer temperatures.
While windy conditions still created a problem for Corser, the lack of rain at least allowed him to complete a total of 156 laps, including a race simulation of 24 laps.
Although the chilly temperatures and minimal rubber being placed down meant no official lap times were released, Corser claims to have been circulating in the low 1min 36secs. The quickest race lap at the Valencia WSBK meeting last year was a 1min 35.131secs, set by Noriyuki Haga.
Having been keen to use the test to iron out some of the less favourable traits of the new S1000RR, Corser is now feeling more confident with the bike and its set-up.
“Generally we've gained a lot of useful information for the engineers and technicians during these two days,” he said. “It's been good to be able to do plenty of laps and now I feel very comfortable on the bike and can ride it without thinking about it.
“We found a good set up for the suspension, both front and rear, improved the balance of the bike, the brakes and made the throttle connection more consistent.
“I did a long run of 24 laps this afternoon and did good consistent lap times and felt OK at the end. We used standard tyres throughout the test but, if conditions had been better and more rubber on the track, I'm sure I could've gone faster.
“That was not the point about these tests though, the point here was to carry on improving the bike and learning as much as we can and I feel pretty happy because we managed that. We've made big steps here and although there's still lots of work to do, I'm pretty happy and positive about the next time out on the bike.
“If I had to race the bike tomorrow, I would be happy enough to do it.”