Garry McCoy thinks he was capable of challenging for a podium finish in the second round of the World Supersport Championship had he not been bumped down to 20th position at the first corner in Losail.
The Triumph rider was poised for good points from ninth on the grid but found himself down to 20th position by the end of the opening lap when he came off worse in the typical mid-field melee at the start.
Nonetheless, McCoy gradually worked his way back into contention by lapping at the pace of the race leaders, eventually hauling his Daytona 675 up to seventh position, just nine seconds off the lead.
Although pleased with his fight back, McCoy admits he thinks a podium challenge would have been possible in normal circumstances.
''I'm very satisifed with today's race but not with the result. I finished the race at only 9 seconds from the winner.
''I know I could've fought for the podium if I hadn't been hit at the first corner. Nevertheless, we're getting better and better and I'm confident that very soon we'll have great results. After today's result I'm sure we're going to score a podium in the near future.”
Although Gianluca Nannelli went the other way with a mistake on the final lap that dropped him to 19th, BE1 Racing team manager Giuliano Rovelli was delighted with their improved race pace.
''After such a race I am really pleased. Garry's final result is very good but I'm especially happy with his performance. We've had the proof that we' re quickly reaching the top teams' level.
“Unfortunately, we're not very lucky, we hope to redeem ourselves in the next round at Valencia. I also have to congratulate the entire team who have done a great job enabling Garry to pull off a spectacular recovery''