Two-time World Superbike Champion Troy Corser insists his hunger to succeed at this level is as strong as ever having had his deal with BMW extended into 2011.
The Australian will enter into his third season with the German manufacturer having played a pivotal role in developing the S1000RR since its introduction in 2009.
Pinning down one of the most sought after seats on the grid for 2011, Corser says he was confident of being retained for 2011 having taken BMW to its first WSBK podium and pole position already this season.
“Nurburgring wasn't really good (in results) for me or the team, but afterwards we sat down together to discuss next year and sort out what was going to happen. We had a really good meeting and thrashed out a few things.
“Obviously I'd heard some rumours about other riders wanting to join the team, but my deal is done and we'll have to wait and see who my team-mate will be.
“I feel confident that I had done enough this year and I am very happy to stay another season. I am in very good condition these days and my appetite for racing at the highest level is as strong as it has ever been.
Having established a reputation for developing burgeoning projects in the past, Corser is delighted to have helped BMW forge its way towards the front of the field in a relatively short space of time, but he is now focusing on race wins.
“Some people probably expected us win straight from the first race, but World Supers is not as easy as that and a lot of hard work and effort has to be put in. I certainly feel that we are competitive now and if all the winter work goes to plan then we should be very competitive (and going for wins) right from the start of next season.
“I'd like to keep my team (Tom, Max and Bernie) together if possible because we have worked very well and are progressing a lot, but I'm a bit sorry that Max (Bartolini) is going because he has brought so much knowledge to the whole team. Not having him is going to be a bit of a loss for sure.
“Although I'm looking forward to continuing this great project next year, there's some unfinished business to sort out this year. There are four chances for podiums and I would like to end the season in style - preferably with a win!”