Cal Crutchlow believes he had the capability to win his first World Supersport race at Phillip Island, but was happy to finish in an eventual fourth position on his debut.
Crutchlow was one of seven riders to share the lead in a frantic first round of the season around the Australian circuit, but faded in the closing stages after suffering false neutrals in the final two laps.
Still, Crutchlow did have the satisfaction of punishing a slight error by Eugene Laverty on the final corner of the race, the Yamaha rider squeezing ahead by a mere one thousandth of a second to secure fourth.
Although it wasn't quite the podium, or win, that he had been targeting, Cructhlow was nonetheless pleased to have proved immediately competitive.
"That was a really close race, really exciting. It has been great for me to come to Phillip Island and come fourth in my first World Supersport race on the Yamaha YZF-R6 although I was a little bit disappointed as I feel I had the potential to win.
“Unfortunately in the last lap I had two false neutrals, one going into Honda and the other going into the hairpin. I was closing to the guys in front, but it cost me some time. I guess that's the way racing is but I'm still happy, I'm coming away with a bag full of points and we're off to Qatar with high spirits!"