Fonsi Nieto endured a low-key World Superbike Championship comeback at Kyalami, the Spaniard snatching a single point at the end of a troublesome weekend.
The Spaniard was making a return to his former Suzuki Alstare Brux team as a replacement for the injured Max Neukirchner, but was left facing an uphill struggle on a bike and around a circuit that was entirely new to him.
Failing to make it through to Superpole, Nieto's fortunes picked up on race day as he diced for a position inside the points, the former race winner eventually coming away with 16th and 15th place finishes.
Even so, Nieto was disappointed with his performance, admitting he struggled to become acquainted with both the bumpy South African circuit and the unknown Suzuki GSX-R1000 K9.
“I am happy to be here, but I am not happy about the results,” he said. “The team have been great and it's as if I have never been away. The bike is new to me and so is the track, but I don't like this track because of all the bumps.
“This bike is not working so well with the tyres we have and if we could improve in that area, we would be able to fight for better results for sure.”
Set to remain with the team for the upcoming round at Miller Motorsports Park, Nieto is confident that his prior experience of the American circuit will see him prove more competitive.
“Now I have some time to think about the bike and talk to the team about some ideas for the next race in USA. At least I have raced at that track before, so I will not be starting with such a big disadvantage as this weekend.”