Corser starts from Imola third row after day of progress for FPR Troy Corser battled back from a troubled start to the penultimate round of the Superbike World Championship for Foggy PETRONAS Racing to qualify for tomorrow's two Imola races in...
Corser starts from Imola third row after day of progress for FPR
Troy Corser battled back from a troubled start to the penultimate round of the Superbike World Championship for Foggy PETRONAS Racing to qualify for tomorrow's two Imola races in tenth place on the grid.
Although team-mate Chris Walker also produced a gutsy effort in setting the eighth fastest time of the final qualification session, he missed out on a Superpole berth by 0.2 seconds.
With both riders off the pace and out of Superpole positions at the end of the first day, damp morning track conditions threatened to hamper their attempts to make it into the top 16 qualifiers.
But Troy, through a combination of set-up and tyre changes, was able to slash 1.5 seconds off his best time from yesterday to set the tenth fastest qualification time and the third best of the morning session with a lap time of 1:52.136.
Chris was also one of the few riders to better his first day time but, despite three consecutive fastest laps on one qualifying tyre, he could only post the 18th fastest time overall.
Troy was able to maintain his 10th place qualifying position by further bettering his fastest lap by half a second with a Superpole time of 1:51.685, as Regis Laconi claimed pole position with a lap of 1:49.818.
Troy said: "I thought about the set-up a lot last night, as it was hard to think yesterday and ride the bike the way it was. I did a lot of laps in my head and went through the changes that we made. Those changes were at the rear and didn't seem to have any effect. So this morning we went back to how we normally have the rear and made some changes to the front forks. Now the bike goes over the bumps and stops, whereas yesterday it was like a roller-coaster ride after hitting the bumps. We also tried a different rear tyre, which felt better straight away. Yesterday I was fighting the bike and didn't want to do another lap. Now I am a lot happier and the bike is almost doing what I want it to. I had a problem with my number one bike before Superpole and went out on the spare but managed to get it set-up like the number one, so that was also a good thing."
Chris said: "Through my mistake yesterday morning, and a couple of technical problems, we had not done the amount of laps that the opposition had. And, with the track being damp, only a few people went faster this morning. Although I was one of them, I was not quite fast enough for Superpole. So we spent the afternoon session working on the set-up for Superpole, but we still have work to do. I'm having to bite the screen to do a lap that is 1.5 seconds slower than I should be doing."