Troy Corser says he will be fine to compete in the upcoming round of the World Superbike Championship at Assen after escaping major injury with a heavy fall during testing at Monza.
The BMW rider was thrown into a high-side at the first chicane on the second morning of the two-day test, Corser subsequently landing on his hands and hurting them.
Nonetheless, although he chose to sit out the remainder of the test, Corser escaped with nothing more than a sore hand and a bruised finger.
“That was a tough one and a half days because we had so many different things to try out and many ideas to consider,” he said. “Because of that we weren't chasing lap times at all, so to get so close to the top guys was really good. I'm not sure what happened when I high-sided at the first chicane, but it happened so quickly that I didn't have a chance.
“I went a long way in the air and ended hands down first and that's when I banged my hand. I went and saw the doctor and he advised me not to ride anymore that day and give the hand a chance to rest up. I don't think anything is broken but I've had this kind of injury before and there's a possibility that I might have cracked a bone. It's no big deal though and I'm sure it'll be fine for Assen.
“I did try and get back on the bike in the garage, but I found that I couldn't really pull and push the bars properly and that's when we decided not to go out again in the afternoon. It was a shame because we had lots to test and I couldn't help the team get through it all. But fortunately Steve Martin helped out and Ruben Xaus of course.”
Despite being forced to curtail his participation, Corser was pleased with the S1000RR's progress at Monza and is confident they are yet to tap its full potential.
“The work carries on and there is a lot of it! Every time out, we learn a bit more and give our technicians something to think about and work on. Sometimes it is a bit frustrating, but we're all happy to do the work because we haven't seen the full potential of the bike yet and that's what we're all after.
“We're getting closer for sure, but sometimes you run into new problems and have to get though them to progress. The team are great and everybody is working for each other, so I'm sure we'll keep on improving.”