Troy Corser and Ruben Xaus are adamant the BMW S1000RR is a better bike than its best of 13th position in Valencia suggests.
After showing flashes of speed in Australia and Qatar, BMW had hoped to pose a consistent top ten threat in Spain having conducted much of the pre-season testing around the Ricardo Tormo circuit.
However, having found themselves on the wrong end of a very close Superpole session, with Corser 14th and Xaus 19th, a variety of problems conspired to leave BMW comfortably outside the top ten in both races.
Xaus was their most successful performer, working his way up to 13th position in race one, even if he would fall one position short of the points in race two. Nonetheless, the Spaniard, competing in front of his home crowd, was full of praise for the bike – particularly on the brakes.
“The results do not reflect how I feel about this bike,” he said. “The bike is amazing and I don't think there's anything out there today that stops better. Nobody outbraked me at all today and I know that's not the whole story, but I feel this bike has a lot more potential to come and once we do that, we'll be flying.
“In race one, I got distracted by Biaggi's jump start and it took me a short while to recover, but once I did, my lap times were good. The problem for me in both races is that this track is a bit of a 'Micky Mouse' track and it doesn't suit the power delivery of the bike this weekend. That means we have work to do to make sure the bike works at all tracks and that is part of our development process.
“My bike does not have this kind of a problem at the fast flowing tracks and it's all about the engine management. Once we have it sorted out, I'm sure that I will regularly finish in the top ten. Also, I need to focus more before Friday and really be on it from the beginning of the weekend, so that's something that I will work on.”
Corser could have been on for a much better result in race one after producing another one of his outstanding starts to jump from 14th to fourth by the end of the opening lap. However, a false neutral on lap two would send him crashing down, before rear grip issues in race two would keep him well adrift in 15th position.
“I crashed after just one lap of the first race because the bike found a false neutral, so that was that for that one. It's a big shame, because I had made a pretty good start and was fourth at the end of the first lap.
“We changed the gearing for race two and maybe it was just a bit too short because I had grip problems with the rear tyre. It wasn't working well and spinning quite a lot. I nearly crashed a couple of times and was over the front of the bars once, but I was determined to finish the race and that's what I did.
“It was a bit frustrating today because although I knew I was in for a tough time (because of our grid position) I really felt I was going to get a couple of good top ten finishes.”