Troy Corser was left disappointed at being unable to repeat his run to the World Superbike podium at Monza, though the Australian did score his best results of the season.
Twelve months on from Corser's landmark run to third position around the Italian circuit, signalling BMW's maiden podium, the former champion showed well during the early stages of both races as good starts saw him lead the entirety of the first lap.
However, Corser could not maintain his pace through the length of the race, dropping back into the chasing pack but holding on for seventh in race one and fifth in race two.
Indeed, despite it being his best points' haul since Misano last year, Corser was frustrated with the final results.
“I have some mixed feelings,” he said. “I am happy how the races went, but disappointed with the results because they could've (and should've) been better. After the way the bike has been this weekend, I really thought I could get a podium or two and I think that would've been achievable, if it had not been for some issues I had with the tyres.
“In the first race, I got a good start and led going into the first chicane. After just three laps the rear started to go off and by lap nine it was finished. From then, it was a matter of survival. There were a few times when I nearly crashed, but I was determined to keep going and finish the race. We hardly changed the bike at all for race two - maybe just a click on the preload to put a bit more weight on the rear.
“I led off the line and was feeling pretty comfortable in the top three until lap seven when I got squeezed out of the first turn by Melandri. I lost some time because of that and dropped to sixth place as a result. This year's series is so competitive, that when you lose even just a little time, it is very hard to make it up again. I got stuck in sixth, but then moved up a place when Max (Biaggi) had to take his ride through penalty.
“The bike felt good, so it's shame we had some tyre consistency problems because otherwise I'm sure we would've ended up on the podium. It's kind of frustrating when you know you could've done better, but that's racing sometimes."