Carl Fogarty is counting on Troy Corser’s knowledge of the Phillip Island track to help the fledgling Foggy Petronas team in the second round of the World Superbike championship this weekend.

Carl Fogarty is counting on Australian Troy Corser’s knowledge of the Phillip Island track to help the fledgling Foggy Petronas team score more points in the second round of the World Superbike championship this weekend.

Both riders Corser and James Haydon scored points during the team’s debut race at Valencia earlier this month.

“Troy knows the track like the back of his hand and James went well in our test there after Christmas - so it would be great to think they will both be challenging for a top-six finish.

"It was obvious that we were still lacking a bit of punch coming out of the slow corners but the fast flowing curves of Phillip Island should suit our bike a bit better, as the chassis is good at holding corner speed. We have also made one or two changes for this round, with a slight development of the exhaust system, which will hopefully improved torque at low revs.”

Corser has raced at Phillip Island every year since 1989. “Everyone enjoys racing on their home circuit and I think the benefit for me is that it’s a circuit that suits my racing style. I find it easy to race here because I know it so well and I can almost ride without having to think where I am going,” he said.

“That means I can concentrate on what’s happening with the bike – which is important because the FP1 is still very new. I think the races will be a lot closer here – nobody will be finishing nine seconds in front of anyone.

“My expectations are to make the front row, or the front two rows after qualifying, and then catch the four guys expected to be at the front on the Ducatis.”