Troy Corser was left underwhelmed with his two top ten finishes from the latest round of the World Superbike Championship at Magny-Cours, the Australian going on to point out that his race pace this year would have been good enough to win last year.
Emphasising the level of competition in this season's championship, Corser enjoyed a solid weekend in France, qualifying eighth before challenging for results in the bottom end of the top ten.
Although he admits he can't get 'too excited' about an eventual ninth and tenth place finish, Corser was nonetheless amazed to discover that his race distance time this year was better than that of both of last year's race winners Noriyuki Haga and Troy Bayliss.
“In a way there's nothing to get too excited about a pair of top ten finishes, but I guess that's what the expectations are and that's what we got. After a few laps, I was going as fast as the leaders, but they had already made a break and it was impossible to catch them up.
“This season is so competitive, that once you have lost a gap, you can lap as fast as the leaders, but still not make any headway. My crew chief Tom told me that my race distance time today would have been good enough to win the race last year!”
Rising to an 12th position in the overall standings, Corser continues to be impressed with the progress the BMW team has made in its debut year, but maintains there is still much more to come.
“For sure, the bike is improving steadily and there's another step to come in Portimao, but what's a little frustrating is that the bike has potential and we are not able to extract that potential as fast as Ruben and I would like.
“Everybody is working as hard as the can and we are getting there, but some patience is required at the moment. Our next task is to control some of the wheelspinning and wheelies we are getting. If we can get that sorted out and get the power on the ground, we'll be flying!”