Conor Cummins admits he can't 'grumble too much' despite retiring from the 2008 Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix having started from a record-breaking pole position.
The 22-year-old was making just his second appearance around the Guia street circuit riding the AIM Racing Yamaha, but while he made only a small impression in provisional qualification, his lap record in the deciding session catapulted him up the leader board.
Much of his hard work was ruined at the start though when a poor getaway left Cummins down in sixth position by the end of the first lap. However, a charge back up the order soon followed and he was tailing Michael Rutter for third position by lap five, a position he duly assumed when race leader Cameron Donald retired.
However, Cummins hopes of at least a podium finish were scuppered at the half-way point when a broken rectifier caused a loss of power and forced him to retire from the race.
Still, while the Manxman was disappointed with the outcome of his weekend, he is still taking heart from the fact he now has the fastest lap around the renowned street circuit and showed strong pace against more experienced riders.
"I was really chuffed with pole and couldn't quite believe it to be honest! The first two sectors of the lap were great but I made a couple of mistakes on the fast right handers before the start and thought I'd wrecked the lap so it was a bit of a surprise to get the pole. It was the first time I've ever used a qualifying tyre so it was all a bit new but our race pace was also very good and I felt really strong going in to the race."
"I was really disappointed with the start I made but I got up 4th fairly quicky and with Cameron going out I was soon up to third. Easton and Rutter were only just ahead of me and I felt very comfortable and was confident of pulling them in but the bike suddenly felt like it had gone on to 3 cylinders and I had to pull in.
“The bike was flying up until then so it's a real shame but it's been a great experience and even better to have got pole in just my second time here. I've proved I have the speed to run at the front on the roads and I can't grumble too much - well, I can!"