Danny Webb was pleasantly surprised to have finished in the points after a tough race at Aragon on Sunday. The Briton has been struggling since injuring his hand at Indianapolis and found it difficult to make any progress late in the race as a result.
The Mahindra rider has also been searching for a set-up that suits his aggressive style and thinks he has taken a step in the right direction this weekend.
“It's a lot better than yesterday! I didn't have full confidence in the bike, but we changed back to the settings we had before Indy, and so that over the race distance I could push harder and the first ten laps were good. Towards the end I couldn't improve my position, but we came away in the points, which is better than I had expected after yesterday's qualifying.”
Teammate Marcel Schrotter also came home in the points after a strong ride to 11th and also began to suffer some discomfort from his hand late in the race.
“I made a good start and I was able to pass some people and get in a good group. But Adrian Martin was faster than me on the straight, and though I was quicker in the corners I couldn't make a break. After seven or eight laps my hand started to go numb like always, so it was a struggle to keep the pace. But I can be happy with my position, and I hope to do the same or better at the races for the rest of the year.”
Mahindra team manager Nicola Casadei was pleased to see both riders add to their points tallies but knows that there is more potential to be unlocked in the final four races.
“I always want better, but it is good for both to score points. For the first ten laps Marcel was faster than the rider who came ninth. Without his hand problem he should always be in the top ten. Danny has had problems at the two races since he crashed at Indy, which I think is because of his injured hand. He tried hard today.”