Corser excited despite missed opportunity

The former champion insists he is happy with the pace of the BMW at Phillip Island, despite only managing a tenth place finish.
Troy Corser says he is looking forward to the rest of the 2011 World Superbike Championship season after a promising, if ultimately unfulfilling, opener at Phillip Island.

Much like BMW team-mate Leon Haslam, Corser has struggled to get the best from the S1000RR during testing but having finished tenth in race one, changes to the bike in race two enabled him to run up at the front of the field.

Getting as high as third at one stage, Corser's progress was undone by a false neutral that sent him straight on at the Honda hairpin. Further tyre problems would leave him down in an eventual 19th position at the chequered flag.

Despite the disappointing outcome, Corser is satisfied with the pace of the bike over a race distance and is excited about its potential for the coming year.

“We started the race well, I felt good on the bike, but sadly I found a false neutral going into Honda corner and I went off the track. I rejoined down the field and then really struggled for grip.

“As the race progressed the tyre became really worn and I was losing traction everywhere, I simply couldn't do the times I wanted. We have identified some points that need addressing before Donington Park, but certainly I am looking forward to the rest of the season.”

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March 02, 2011 7:36 AM
Last Edited 1427 days ago

I've always liked Corser a lot, at his best (a few years ago now) his Lawson like precision made him one of my favourites to watch. His record on a variety of different types of bike is amazing as he has raced on 6 different makes in WSBK excluding only Honda (for whom he earlier won an Aust Superbike title) and Kawasaki. I hope he gets the BMW to work for him and gets podiums. BUT he has often seemed too vulnerable to bikes or tyres that are not exactly to his requirements, often leading to races where a promising first half is followed by a fade.

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