Troy Corser believes he can be a contender for victory in the latest round of the World Superbike Championship at Brno following BMW's breakthrough performance at Misano.
Corser gave the German manufacturer its first Superpole around the Italian circuit, while the Australian firmly believes he would have been celebrating its maiden WSBK victory had he not made an error two-thirds into the race.
Moving on to Brno, the Australian believes he can break BMW's duck after a successful outing there last season when the S1000RR led a race for the first time and Corser recorded his best finish of the season in fifth.
With this and the team's impressive level of progress in mind, Corser thinks he will be a front runner once again this weekend.
“I am feeling really positive about Brno. Misano was a great weekend for me and the team because we made another step closer to the top guys. We could have won the first race if it hadn't been for a small mistake on my part. We didn't expect to be as strong as we were.
“Brno was a best result last year with a fifth position so we know it's a track that favours the S 1000 RR. We have made huge steps since then in terms of development, which means we are going there even stronger. I really like the circuit; I have an idea on set-up already and I think we have the package to be really strong.”
Team-mate Ruben Xaus, meanwhile, is hoping some of Corser's success at Misano will rub off on him as he returns to the circuit where he broke his leg in 2009.
"I hope I can have a positive weekend in Brno,” he said. “Last year I sustained a painful injury following a crash there which prevented me from pushing as much as I would have liked. I want to put in a good performance this weekend and draw a line under the disappointment of last year.
“For me, it is crucial that I find my rhythm in the coming races. The bike is getting better and better, and the power is really strong, which should help us at a fast track like Brno. It is important that I make another step forward and focus on riding smoothly, as there are many long turns."