Jake Zemke came away from his maiden World Superbike Championship appearance feeling disappointed after failing to get into the points at Monza.
Facing an uphill struggle by riding with an unusual team on an unknown circuit, Zemke qualified down in 25th position and could only work his way up to 18th in the opening race.
Although he ran higher in the second race, where he was battling with eventual point scorers Matteo Baiocco and Luca Scassa, Zemke would eventually fall out of contention when he was given a drive-through penalty for cutting a chicane.
Concluding a difficult first WSBK weekend for him, Zemke nonetheless thanked the Stiggy Racing team for the opportunity to compete with them.
“It is definitely not the weekend that I wanted to have. I want to thank the team for all the hard work they put. They bent over backwards to get to a point were I was happy on the bike, but we just never got there. I struggled to get the bike to turn, and we failed to find the solution in such short time.
“My team did a great job, but I just didn't bring the bike to a place where we could all be satisfied. Race one went a lot better then race two, we made some changes and thought they would help us, but they didn't, and then the ride through penalty for cutting the chicane just finished the race for me.”