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Double WSB champion Troy Corser remains optimistic about his chances this weekend in Phillip Island despite admitting his bike is behind his rivals.

In Qatar last weekend Corser was the only rider able to live with Toseland and Biaggi?s blistering race pace, but still lost out in the closing stages after excessive tyre wear on his Yamaha Italia R1.

He told MCN: "We're still a little bit behind some of the other teams. It's a new bike for 2007 and I'm with a new team and new mechanics. So far we've only had about 10 days together, but I'm really enjoying working with them.

"As a result we're definitely going to get stronger as the year goes on and hopefully we'll be ok here in Phillip Island  I'm certainly ready.

Corser who has been full time in WSB since 1995 apart from a short interlude in 500GP a decade ago also believes that the championship is on a high with regard to manufacturer support.

He said: "The level of support from all the manufacturers this year has definitely increased. That's good for everyone especially the riders who are now getting the best that the manufacturers can give us, which shows that it's an important championship to win.

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Michael Guy

By Michael Guy

Sports Editor, former 250-racer and adventure rider