Anthony West admits he was disappointed to have to settle for second position in the latest World Supersport round at Valencia after losing out in his battle with Cal Crutchlow on the final lap of the race.
After an anonymous weekend in Qatar, Stiggy Racing came to Spain with renewed optimism having gotten their hands on the 2009-specification Honda CBR600RR.
Indeed, the Swedish team went on to replicate their Superbike counterparts by consistently out pacing the factory Ten Kate team throughout the weekend by qualifying third and finishing second.
Nonetheless, ex-MotoGP racer West was still frustrated to have been beaten to victory by Crutchlow having led the majority of the race, even if he is confident his first win isn't far off now.
"I came here to win this race and am a bit disappointed that I got beaten in the last lap after leading most of the race,” he said. “But it is definitely a better result then the last race in Qatar where I got beaten by all the others.
“My mechanics have put a lot of time and work into developing the new engine and the new bikes we got for this weekend and today shows how strong and competitive the bike really is.
"For the next race we will work on further improving the engine to prepare us even better for the next race. I was so close today and now I just want to win. I like the track in Assen and am eager to take victory there.”