BMW's trajectory towards the front of the World Superbike field continued into Superpole at Assen as Troy Corser delivered the German manufacturer its maiden front row starting position.
Having made significant strides last time out at Valencia, where Corser secured a new race best of fourth position, the Australian has been on the pace throughout the Assen weekend, even snatching provisional pole position heading into Superpole.
Although Corser couldn't quite cling onto the top spot when the deciding session came around, third position will see the S1000RR appear at the front for the first time.
“Well it's been a while since I've done post-Superpole TV interviews and the paddock show press conferences, but I've never doubted we'd get there with the BMW.
“The boys have done a lot of work recently and we made really good steps forward in the last round in Valencia and then the Mugello tests last week. I can really ride the bike now and it's great to be up there on the front row and fighting for pole position at last.
As for the races, Corser is hoping warmer conditions will enable the bike to be more competitive over a longer distance, while he is also confident his traditionally good starts will see him get the jump at the lights.
“The warmer conditions seem to be suiting our tyres better at the moment, so I'm hoping that it is as warm, or warmer, tomorrow, because then tyre life will not be so much of a problem.
I normally make good starts, so I'm looking forward to my front row grid position and getting into turn one at the front or right in with the leaders.
“Assen is a fast track and tomorrow's races are going to be tough for sure, but I feel comfortable on the bike and when that happens I can push harder and go for good results.”