Troy Corser says he is hopeful that he will be back to full strength for the Motorland Aragon round of the 2011 World Superbike Championship after an injured hip forced him to skip the Misano races.
Corser crashed heavily during Q1 on the Friday, hurting the hip, before another tumble on the Saturday stunted the recovery process. Indeed, although Corser qualified well in sixth place and started the first race, he struggled to get up to speed and decided to withdraw after five laps.
Nonetheless, having playing it safe in Italy, Corser – who has plummeted to 15th in the standings – is optimistic that the hip injury will not hamper him at Motorland Aragon in just three days time.
“It's never good when you crash early on in a weekend and although my hip didn't feel too bad [in qualifying], it felt a lot worse when I woke up," he BMW rider said. "But, I thought I'd give it a go and so I started race one. Very soon, it became evident that the injury was preventing full movement of my right leg and that stopped me from being able to get my knee down.
“This track has many changes of direction and there was not enough strength in the hip to allow me to move the bike around anywhere near normal. I knew I was cooked after a few laps and managed to complete five before pulling in. If I had stayed out, I could've crashed and done myself more damage or worse - I could have caused somebody else to crash.
“Before the highside, we'd tried some different settings on the engine braking and traction control. We'd made some improvements for sure and it's a shame that I didn't get a chance to put them into practice.
“Now I need some rest and I need to get some movement back into my hip so that I'm ready for Aragon next weekend. I feel pretty confident that I'm going to be in much better shape come next weekend.”