Troy Corser says he is struggling to understand exactly why his bike is returning different feedback between two qualifying sessions that are minutes apart.
The Australian rider was looking forward to challenging for BMW's first top ten qualifying position in Assen after a decent showing in practice, a confidence that was further buoyed by his second fastest time at the end of the opening knockout phase.
However, despite settling with the same tyres and the same set-up as before, Corser was frustrated to find himself lapping six tenths slower in Q2 just minutes later.
Eventually landing 15th on the grid, Corser admits race day will be another struggle, but he is hopeful the S1000RR will prove a stronger package over a longer distance.
“It's getting a bit hard to work out what's happening to us in Superpole, with the qualifying tyres, “ he said. “Same bike, same tyres - different feeling. I did a 1min 38.339secs in Superpole 1 and was second fastest overall. I used the same bike and the same type of qualifying tyre in Superpole 2. In Superpole 2, I finished six tenths of a second slower!
“Tomorrow is going to be another tough day, starting from the fourth row, but at least I have proved in the past that I can start from way down the grid and still get up with the front guys after a lap or two.
Still feeling the effects from his hand injury, sustained in an accident whilst testing at Monza, Corser is confident it won't affect him in the races.
“Fortunately my left hand feels better today and it only gives me a bit of a problem on left-handers and on heavy braking. I will continue to have treatment in the Clinica Mobile and decide whether or not to have any painkillers after the morning warm-up. Hopefully, it will be ok, I will make two good starts and get some decent finishes.”