Troy Corser has heaped praise on the BMW Motorrad team after claiming a pair of hard fought ninth place finishes in only his second World Superbike meeting with the team at Losail, Qatar.

Although not quite as prestigious as the eighth place finish on their debut in Australia, Corser hailed the team for once again providing him with a bike that is capable of being competitive alongside their much more experienced and 'faster' rivals.

Corser's crowning moment came in race two when a scintillating start from 16th position on the grid got him up to fifth position by the time they had reached the first lap split.

Rising up to fourth by lap two, although he wasn't able to sustain that rapid pace throughout the race, Corser would only slip as far as ninth as he fought off a late race attack by team-mate Ruben Xaus and Leon Haslam.

Adding to the ninth place he managed in the first race, Corser admits he didn't believe he would have had three top ten finishes in his first four races with an all-new team.

"It was great to be in fourth place in race two and although I knew I'd get passed, it was fun while it lasted," he mused. "I made a really good start, saw a gap and just went for it. I was fifth at the end of lap one and then passed Byrne and got into fourth by the end of lap two. I managed to hold it until lap four, but I must have surprised a few people by just getting into the top four in the first place!

"Starting any race from the fourth row of the grid is never easy, but it's a long, fast drag down to turn one here and then a series of corners where it's very difficult to overtake, so it's easy to lose time.

"Before the season began, I would never have thought we'd get into the top ten so soon, especially when you consider how many good riders and very experienced teams there are out there.

"Today we beat people with faster bikes and more experience than we have and that just shows how strong our team is. We lack experience with this bike for sure, but we can only get that by track time and that is our disadvantage at the moment.

Looking ahead to the return to Europe and Valencia, Corser is keen to get back into the workshop to try and eke more speed from the S1000RR

"I feel we are about half a second down on set-up and chassis and although that's not a lot, it is something we need to cut in order to be more competitive. We've been away from our workshops for over three weeks now, so it'll be good for us to get back, go through all the data and carry on the hard work.

"But, as I have said before, the S1000RR has a good base and is already showing its potential. I think it won't be long before we will be challenging on a regular basis, though it would help us all if we could at least start the races a bit further up the grid!"



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