Troy Corser is confident he will be a competitive force during the first round of the World Superbike Championship ahead of BMW's category debut in Australia.
Considered something of a 'Phillip Island-specialist' having won seven times aboard a Superbike since 1996, Corser is determined to give the German manufacturer an encouraging start to their Superbike endeavour on what will be his home turf.
One of the fastest circuits on the Superbike calendar, Corser, who holds the race lap record of 1min 31.826secs, believes his BMW S1000RR's straight-line speed should serve him well.
"I am particularly impressed with the power my BMW produces, which you certainly need at a fast and flowing circuit like Phillip Island, which has one of the highest average speeds of any race track in the world.
"Also, chassis set-up is critical, as you need a machine that will 'fight' all the forces at play - including some ferocious winds that sometimes come off Bass Straight!”
After a slow start at Kyalami, BMW showed a significant improvement in Portimao, with Corser getting inside the top six during the mock Superpole shootout. With one more test at Phillip Island scheduled before the first round, Corser is feeling positive.
"That's what I'll be concentrating on this weekend, and we'll continue to work hard as a team. I'm confident we'll be really competitive by the time Phillip Island comes around, as it's going to be a momentous occasion for BMW."