BMW reached another significant milestone on their World Superbike journey after comfortably producing their best qualifying performance of the season at Brno.
Despite having the reputed Troy 'Mr Superpole' Corser in their team, BMW have struggled to find pace over a single qualifying lap, with neither Corser nor Ruben Xaus starting inside the top ten all season.
However, having shown encouraging pace at the recent Imola test and during free practice around the Czech circuit, both Corser and Xaus were able to translate that to qualifying, not only breaching the top ten, but also making the top eight shootout.
Guaranteeing themselves a spot on the second row of the grid at least, Corser went on to claim the sixth best time, with Xaus just alongside in seventh.
“Well I think that I can finally say that I'm pretty happy with how these two days have gone. Throughout the practices and qualifying, everything has been pretty positive and we've found some good settings on the bike. The bike's balance seems better and it is more consistent - especially on race tyres. I feel I can actually ride the bike now and, when we make small changes, I can feel the changes - and that's really good.
“Everything that has happened so far this weekend shows that we are going the right way and the good news is that the bike can get even better. Having Ruben next to me on the second row proves that our bikes have made a good step forward and now we can both look forward to fighting with the top guys right from the start.”
Ruben Xaus also lauded the effort of the BMW team in recent weeks following a disappointing run of form in recent events.
“Considering that I had some bike problems today and didn't put in as many laps as I would've liked, it is pretty good to get into final Superpole and start tomorrow's races from the second row of the grid. The fact that my team mate is on the same row (and next to me) shows us that we are going in the right direction with the bike. I am really happy for myself, but also for the whole team because I know how hard they have worked to get to this stage.
“Our recent tests were the first time we've been able to put everything together and now we are getting closer to a good package. All year, I have said that this is the best team in the paddock. I am so happy to be with them and hope we can get some good results tomorrow before everybody starts their well-deserved summer break.”