LCR Honda's Stefan Bradl was beaming after finishing in eighth place on his MotoGP debut in the opening round at Qatar.
However, it could have been ever better for the reigning Moto2 champion, who was running in sixth place for much of the race before a wrong brake lever adjustment cost him 'half a second'.
Bradl, who finished ahead of factory Ducati star Valentino Rossi
and Pramac Racing's Hector Barbera, said: “I am very happy and we are doing a good job as all the week end was very positive for us.
“My start was perfect but maybe I was a little bit too careful in the first laps but I really could see this is a different category compared to Moto2 and the guys are more clever with the new tyres.
“I was able to follow the fastest guys, not for the whole race, but I was capable to do my own race quite well,” added the 2011 Moto2 world champion.
“At the end I went in the wrong direction with the brake lever adjuster and this cost us half a second and this is the reason way [Nicky] Hayden, [Hector] Barbera and [Alvaro] Bautista caught me.
“They are also more experienced than me on used tyres at the end of the race but overall this is an exciting weekend for us. I was also expecting to be more exhausted after 22 laps but I am ok.”