Troy Corser has secured his first World Superbike front row start of the season at Monza as BMW enjoyed its most profitable Saturday since joining the series.
Having shown strong form during the practice sessions leading up to Superpole, Corser and Leon Haslam both comfortably qualified for SP3 – only the fifth time BMW has managed to get both of its riders into the deciding phase in 31 attempts.
While Corser and Haslam's eventual fourth and sixth place wasn't quite the pole position challenge either rider had envisaged, Corser was at least pleased to be back on the front row for the first time this year.
“I am quite happy with today's result. I tried to push in Superpole 2 and made a small mistake at La Roggia - I hit the kerbs and lost some time. In Superpole 3 I was a little bit more cautious, and I braked a little sooner.
“As a result, again I lost a few tenths. The BMW S 1000 RR still does not like to be pushed too much. Nevertheless, I am happy enough as I made it onto the front row for the first time this season. I now hope for a good start and to get through the first chicane without any issues.
“On the race tyre I have quite a consistently good pace. I think wherever we are after the start, we can also be at the end of the race. I am looking forward to tomorrow's race.”
Though it isn't the highest a BMW rider has started in World Superbikes, fourth and sixth arguably represents its best combined effort since arriving in the series.
“I made a slight mistake in Superpole 1, which meant I went for the qualifying tyre to ensure I posted a quick time, so that's why my lap time in SP1 was my fastest of the three sessions,” said Haslam.
“In Superpole two I used the second and final set of qualifiers, but again I caught some riders in the wrong place on the track and my lap time wasn't as quick. Still I made it through to Superpole 3.
“There I was forced to do the whole session on a race tyre, but I still managed sixth place. With regard to tomorrow I am feeling pretty confident, our race pace is good so I am really looking forward to getting out there.”