Danny Webb was frustrated that an technical problem prevented him from registering Mahindra's first points of the season in Jerez on Sunday. The Briton was challenging for a place in the top ten before his engine stopped running and felt confident that he would've been able to pick off the riders ahead of him.
“I got in the wrong group after the start, but once I could get away I started chipping away at the six-second gap to the next group. I knew I could catch them, but it was hard to pass once I got there – so I was biding my time and waiting for the last laps. I was confident of getting some more places, and I was expecting eighth or ninth. Then on lap 15 with the gas wide open the engine suddenly stopped. I'm disappointed, but it's shown what we're capable of doing. We'll take up where we left off at Estoril.”
Teammate Marcel Schrotter was one of countless riders to crash in the treacherous conditions, leaving him down in sixteenth, and the German felt he could've been close to Webb had he stayed out of trouble.
“My start was okay, and I was picking up positions, especially through the last fast section. I braked late for the last hairpin, in a pack of bikes, and I was forced to go over a wet patch … and unfortunately I crashed. I pitted and went out again, and the bike went perfectly, but I had lost too much time. It's disappointing, because I think I could have had a good top-ten finish. Now we will try again at Estoril.”