Troy Corser took a small step towards conquering his Superpole demons by just missing a first top ten grid position for BMW Motorrad at Monza, even if he insists he could have gone faster.
The former champion has been vocal about his dislike for the new knockout system, but after progressing from Q1 comfortably, he would prove equally competitive in Q2 and end up with a spot on the third row of the grid, a first for the aspiring team.
Even so, Corser was frustrated to have his quickest lap interrupted by a yellow flag, one that forced him to abort the lap and settle for 11th.
“I'm happy because it is our best result so far this year, but I'm not happy because of what happened at the end of Superpole Q2. I feel sure I was on course for qualifying for Q1 and was up on my lap time when I saw yellow flags and oil flags being waved up at the Parabolica. So, I had to ease off the gas a bit and was a bit surprised, to say the least, when I saw some marshals on the kerb stones.
“Obviously I wasn't able to go as fast as I wanted and the time I lost meant that I didn't get into Q1. That was a shame, but we're all a bit happy because the third row is our best performance in Superpole this year so far and that shows that we are improving.
“We are still working on quite a few things at the moment and one of them is to improve the consistency of the braking feel. Also this track is a bit bumpy in places and our bike is skipping about a bit, so we'll make a few adjustments in the warm-up tomorrow and see if can make the bike a bit better.
“Third row is our best so far and I've already showed what I can do from even further back, so I am hoping to get two good starts and fight with the front group.”