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Corser eighth despite crash, Xaus struggles

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Troy Corser eased the BMW S1000RR into Superpole 3 shortly before sliding out, team-mate Ruben Xaus struggled with his setup managing only 19th place.

Corser set great pace throughout Superpole 1 and 2, shaking off yesterday’s grip problems, but during the early stages of Superpole 3 suffered a low-speed crash as he slid off the track, still holding the bike.

“Today, we didn't have anything like the problems with grip we had yesterday and I was able to push a lot harder.” said Corser. “We shortened the wheelbase to put a bit more weight on the rear end and also made some changes to the rear shock. The bike worked a lot better than yesterday and maybe part of yesterday's problems might just have been tyre related.”

“So today, when everything started to work properly, I was happy and able to lap pretty quickly. On race rubber, I know I can run a good pace, so I've got to make good starts tomorrow and keep with the leaders.”

“I had a little crash this afternoon in Superpole 3, when I pushed the front a bit too much and that cost me some time. I had already used my allocation of qualifying tyres so I knew that the second row was as good as it was going to get. But, I have made quick starts from further dow the grid before, so I am hopeful of good results tomorrow.”

Team-mate Ruben Xaus had a qualifying session to forget, despite making progress on his bike setup, the Spaniard suffered with grip problems.” We definitely improved some things from yesterday and on soft tyres or race rubber I can make pretty good lap times. But when I tried a qualifying tyre, although the grip improved a bit, the bike got upset and it became very risky to push harder.

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