A year after recording a fastest race lap for BMW on its World Superbike debut, Troy Corser came close to achieving a similar feat at the 2010 season opener in Australia with a solid run to seventh and ninth.
Corser caused a stir twelve months ago by giving BMW a remarkable maiden result at Phillip Island, the former champion finishing ninth but setting the fastest lap of the race in the process.
Although he couldn't quite match that achievement this time around, a charging ride to seventh in race two did, however, see him miss Sylvain Guintoli's best marker by a mere three hundredths of a second.
As a measure of how much his BMW improved over the course of the three days, Corser was one of only three riders to record their best lap of the weekend in race conditions.
Indeed, Corser was particularly pleased with his race two performance after battling his way up the order when a bad start left him down in 15th position initially.
“I suppose you could say I am half happy,” he said. “I wasn't so happy with the first race because we struggled a bit with the settings of the bike and the way the tyre worked. I wasn't comfortable on the bike and didn't feel confident about pushing it. The last thing I wanted to do was crash in the first race and mess up the second.
“We made some changes to the settings and balance of the bike for race two and the tyre felt much more consistent and I could actually race the bike! I haven't felt that recently and so it was a good feeling to get to that situation again and just focus on the racing.”
Even so, Corser is hoping for better results when the season resumes in a month's time at Portimao.
“I think my results today, particularly race two, were important for the team, but I wanted more. I know that there is more to come and the good news is that we have discovered a lot of useful info about which directions to take and hopefully we will see the fruits of all this work in the next race in Portimao.
“As a team we are further forward than last year. Our lap times are faster than last year. We have a lot more experience under our belts and although there is still lots to do, I think that the new technician is already working very well with the team and coming up with ideas and some solutions.”