Loris Baz admitted he had underachieved at Oulton Park after failing to back up a strong qualifying result.
The French teenager shone on Sunday, putting the Motorpoint Yamaha on the front row of the grid, but a poor start dropped him out of touch with the leaders. Baz then had to contend with 'arm pump' in the demanding conditions which prevented him from finishing higher than eighth.
After receiving treatment, Baz was back out for race two and finished ninth but was still smarting from the error that put him on his back foot at the start of the afternoon.
“I made a mess of my start and struggled to get through the other riders, I really believe I can run with the front riders but have to start with them! I am not experienced enough to catch them but if I go with them I can hang on. My arm pumped up and gave me many problems, the race was much more demanding than we thought and we have definitely learned a lot for the future. Two race finishes in the top ten is not what I hoped for especially after the front row start but I will take what I learned and move onto Croft in two weeks.”
Beverley's James Westmoreland had a nightmare start to the season after failing to finish either race at Brands Hatch. The Yorkshireman also starred in qualifying, earning a place on the second row but couldn't break into the top ten on race day.
Despite that, Westmoreland was pleased with the weekend as he continues to get to grips with life in the premier class after moving up from British Supersport.
“At least I have two race finishes under my belt, it is the first time I have done two races in a day and around here on a Superbike it was an eye opener. I have learned so much this weekend, I have good pace and can qualify but need to learn more about the bike and how things change in the races. I feel like I am starting now and will go forward from this.”
Team manager Rob Mac admitted the team was still in a learning process with their two young riders, and expects more progress at Croft next weekend.
“We all got a bit excited and rightly so with the great qualifying times both guys put together, but we are here for race day and we did not deliver what we promised. What we did gain was a lot of experience for both the young guys, Loris had arm pump and I know firsthand how horrible that is to try and ride with and Westy needed to finish a race which I am sure made him a bit tight. The learning curve was never going to be easy and I think they are both more equipped for the next races after a weekend like this.”