Troy Corser is looking beyond a provisional 16th position on the grid following his first official qualifying outing as a BMW rider, the Aussie pointing out that he is just a second off the leaders around Phillip Island.
A day of continual development for the local favourite, Corser divided his workload between sampling new parts and setting a respectable pace, rather than chasing quick lap times.
Even so, while the tightness of the field meant he was consigned to a mid-pack slot 16th position on the provisional grid, Corser remains just a second off provisional pole sitter Jakub Smrz,
Indeed, Corser, who holds the race lap record around Phillip Island, is not concerned about positions at the moment as he bids to get the BMW dialled in ahead of its long-awaited race debut later this weekend.
“Since the test last weekend we received some new parts to try out and so we spent today trying out various stuff instead of trying to set any quick lap times,” he said. “I cruised around working with the new stuff (to do with the engine and clutch) and gave the boys back in the garage lots of info to work on.
“It was all productive and, at the end of the day, there was plenty for the engineers to think about and get ready for tomorrow. This afternoon I had a very slow speed crash when I lost the front end at Honda corner, but it was so slow that I didn't hurt myself at all.
Hailing the progress the team has made in a few short months, Corser was also positive about the potential of the S1000RR.
“We are a brand new team, with a brand new bike, in probably the toughest motorsport race series in the world, so to get to this stage with the bike is very impressive I think.
“Now we have to continue the hard work and make as much progress as possible in the shortest possible time.”