Troy Corser has hailed BMW's 'big step forward' for enabling him to record the manufacturer's first-ever World Superbike pole position at Misano.
While the Australian is certainly no stranger to starting on pole position for World Superbike races – this feat sees him finish qualifying on top for the 43rd time in his career -, the fact it is a first for BMW makes it particularly special.
Coincidentally coming two years after last starting from the front – also at Misano -, BMW's first pole position is the latest in a string of breakthrough performances for the German brand, including a maiden front row start at Assen and a podium finish at Monza.
“It seems that number 43 has been a long time coming, but in fact number 42 was only two years ago - funnily enough here at Misano,” he said. “Misano is a difficult track, but it's a track where you can actually use different lines, instead of the 'racing line', and still go fast. My lap in Superpole 3 was pretty much perfect and when you do an easy, smooth lap it's quite often the fastest.
“We had a really good test here in Misano last week and made a big step
forward with a new rear link and chassis set-up and that has made the balance of the bike a lot better. If I had been able to use that set-up in the last round in USA I would've made the podium for sure.
Scoring pole position by more than half a second, although is close to 'completing the set' by getting a first BMW win under his belt – something he hasn't achieved since Phillip Island 2006 – he instead focused on getting a podium.
“The bike is just so much easier to ride now and I really feel I can fight for the podium. I'm very happy with the bike's set-up and I've been able to run consistently good lap times on race tyres this weekend and although my Superpole lap was a very low 1:35, I reckon that race times are going to be in the high 1:35s or low 1:36s, but that will depend on the temperature tomorrow and how the tyres last.
“All in all, it's fantastic to give BMW their first ever Superpole and the feeling in the garage is tremendous. If I can make my normal good starts, I think I can make the team even happier, with a podium or maybe two.”