Troy Corser is feeling positive about the remainder of the World Superbike season after securing a maiden top five result for the improving BMW team at Brno.
BMW arrived in the Czech Republic hopeful of a good result following a positive test in Italy, with both Corser and Ruben Xaus proving regular top ten contenders during practice before overcoming their Superpole hoodoo to line up sixth and seventh respectively.
Although Xaus was eliminated by an accident on the opening lap, one that has left him with a broken leg, Corser made headlines by diving into the lead at the first corner and holding on for almost three laps.
However, while he didn't quite have the longevity to resist the likes of Ten Kate Honda and Shane Byrne on the Sterilgarda Ducati, Corser was still able to cross the line in fifth position, surpassing the team's best previous result of seventh.
Finishing further back in tenth for the second race having taken the lead at the first corner again, Corser was pleased to have a bike that is beginning to show significant improvements in a competitive field.
“It's been a good weekend for us, even though Ruben got injured,” he said. “That was a shame because he qualified next to me on the grid and I'm sure he would've also got some good results. What was good about this weekend is that we have been on the pace consistently in every practice, qualifying and we also got into final Superpole for the first time. That shows that we are making good progress and it is due to the hard work put in by the whole team and some really good tests in Italy recently.
“The bike is much easier to ride now and I can now feel everything that is going on and really ride the bike. Also, at the end of the day, I'm not worn out! We know which direction to take and now we need to work on how to manage the tyres on this bike.
“We probably didn't have exactly the right tyres in the two races. But if we had chosen some other ones (ones we hadn't tested very much), it would've been a bit of a gamble. It's really great to see the whole team smiling again and it's a good way to finish before the long summer break.”