Shane Byrne says his morale has been shattered by his continued struggles on the Sterilgarda Ducati following another difficult weekend at Monza.
The British rider was feeling confident of a good result in Italy after a successful 'test' at the circuit a week previous when he competed in the Italian CIV Superbike series.
However, after qualifying a lowly 15th, Byrne found himself in the lower end of the points for the majority of the day, finishing 14th in race one before suffering a 20 second penalty in the second to leave him 18th.
A bigger struggle than Byrne had anticipated, the lack of results at Monza are beginning to take their toll on his confidence.
"My morale is shattered. I did know that it would be hard to score a good result on this track, but I was expecting a better performance on my part. Now I just have to forget everything and try to improve with help from the crew starting next week".