Troy Corser says he can't wait to get back on the BMW S1000RR despite missing out on a podium at Assen on what was the manufacturer's most competitive race day to date.
Capitalising on the bike's first front row starting position in third, Corser launched off the line in both races to lead each time, the Australian proceeding to control pace for a total of 15 laps through the day.
However, while it was evident the bike was capable of finishing on the podium as Corser held down a top three position for the majority of both races, rear grip issues towards the end would eventually see him bundled down to a pair of fifth places.
“The podium was not far off, but I'm really happy how today and this weekend has gone. It was really good to lead a race again - and not just for one lap! I felt very comfortable in the lead both times and enjoyed riding the bike without thinking about it. Now, I'm looking forward to getting back on the bike again and going racing!
“I always knew that we would get to this stage, but I didn't know when it would happen. Our bike is as fast as anything out there, except for maybe the Aprilias, and the only thing I am missing now is getting out of the turns as quickly as some of my competitors.
“I suffered a bit in the final chicane, but was pretty much a match for everybody else in the rest of the track. The rear tyre didn't last long enough in race one, so I had to adjust the electronics to compensate for it and that slowed me a little in the second part of the race.
“In race two, the rear was pretty chewed up at the end, but I was happy in both races because I felt I was actually racing for a podium, not just riding around for points.
“The racing was really close today and many times we nearly touched elbows or handlebars and it must have great viewing for the fans at the track and on TV. I got pushed out a few times, but it was all pretty fair and just normal for this series.
Nonetheless, Corser is now certain he is capable of fighting consistently at the front and is looking forward to challenging again at Monza in two weeks time.
“Now that I am comfortable on the bike I don't mind the cut and thrust because it is part of the package and I can give as good as I get. I know I probably don't say this often, and probably not this season so far, but today I am very happy!”