BMW came away from the third round of the World Superbike Championship celebrating its best-ever result with a run to fourth position in the hands of Troy Corser.
Fresh from managing a new high of fifth on the grid in qualifying, Corser put it to good use by grabbing the lead from the lights and while Carlos Checa would relieve him on the position on lap two, the Spaniard's retirement soon afterwards promoted him back ahead.
Holding on for another couple of laps, although Leon Haslam would pass on lap five, Corser worked hard to stay inside the top three, even if he would eventually be demoted to fourth when an error deciphering the engine braking and traction control buttons lost him time.
Nonetheless, having hailed the S1000RR's improvements after qualifying, Corser further emphasised how much more comfortable he is currently on the bike.
“The first race was great - just like it should always be! The bike had good grip, the traction control worked perfectly and the engine braking was spot on. I got a good start and went into the lead and I must say I felt pretty comfortable there. Even when Carlos came past, I knew I could just stay with him and watch what was going on.
“Everything was going good until I think I got a bit confused between the traction control and engine braking buttons and lost a little time and also third spot. But, it had been great to run at the front again and that's how it should be.”
Severe grip issues, which nearly forced him to retire, hampered Corser's efforts in race two, but with six finishes from six starts, the former champion is pleased with the consistency and increasing competitiveness of his package.
“In the first part of the second race, I didn't have much grip right from the start and I was quite happy when it was red-flagged because it gave us a chance to make some changes and see if we could improve the situation. We changed a tyre and the brake pads, but the bike just never hooked up and I felt like I had no grip at all. I turned the traction control right up and that's what saved me from crashing many times.
“The lack of grip was so bad, I thought about pulling in, but in the end I decided to keep going and take as many points as I could. So, all in all, race one - great, race two - not, but good to feel that the bike could work properly and I could run at the front.”
Corser is currently ninth in the overall standings, albeit just 14 points behind fifth place man Jonathan Rea.