KUALA LUMPUR: Troy Corser has made an encouraging debut for Foggy Petronas Racing by finishing seventh in the second race of Round One of the World Superbike Championships in Valencia on Sunday.
In a statement released by Petronas here yesterday, team owner Carl Fogarty said that he was pleased with the results of both riders.
Added to James Haydons point-scoring finish in the first race of the day plus Corsers front-row qualifying display on Saturday, I was delighted with the result, he said.
It has been a battle and I am really pleased for Petronas, Suter Racing Technology and Michelin.
In the first race, Corser made a confident start until a tyre pressure problem made him lose his grip on the 10th lap, causing the Australian to veer into the gravel for a slow crash while lying in ninth spot.
Meanwhile, Haydon maintained a battling display to bring the FP1 home for a historic point-scoring finish. He clocked 109:541 for 12th place.
However, in the second race, Haydon encountered problems with grip from the rear tyre, forcing him to retire in the ninth lap.
Meanwhile, Corser clocked 42:969 in a three-way battle for fifth place. He qualified in fourth place on Sunday.
Corser said: My main aim was to bring the bike home, which is why I was so disappointed when I went off in the first race, as I know I could have finished in the top 10 then, as well. Bernama