Team owner Paul Bird is happy with the progress of the project and hit back at critics who said his team would simply be 'making up the numbers' in MotoGP this year.
“How unlucky can you get as just as we were in with a shout of a cracking result, James is forced out with a lap to go. The boys have done a wonderful job considering it's only our second GP and fair play to James, he rode well, and he even had the likes of [Valentino] Rossi in his sights,” said Bird.
“If anyone had said that to me at the start of the season, I'd have told them to go away and give their head a shake! We will take a lot from this weekend and continue our progress in Estoril, and so much for those who said we would only make up the numbers this season.
“I'd also like to say well done to Cal Crutchlow and Scott Redding on their fourth place finishes.”