Triumph began its 2010 World Supersport campaign with a solid fourth place finish courtesy of David Salom, although there was disappointment for team-mate Chaz Davies after his promising start was undone by mechanical issues.
Making its debut with a new four-strong rider line-up, although licensing problems forced Salom to sit out the opening day of competition, he quickly emerged as Triumph's top rider by qualifying sixth, marginally ahead of Davies.
The race started well for the duo too, Salom and Davies getting away well to run third and fourth at the end of the first lap. However, Davies' day was about to take a turn for the worse when an oil tube broke, prompting accidents for Kenan Sofuoglu and Michele Pirro just behind.
Prompting a red flag, although Davies was able to restart, his second bike suffered electronic problems, leaving him well outside the top ten for the race's entirety.
"I was feeling very well and I'm sure I would've gotten on the podium, if it wasn't for that broken tube,” Davies, who would eventually finish 12th, said. “I was unfortunately forced to ride the second bike with which I didn't have the same feeling. The situation got even worse when I had some electronic issues. I hope to redeem myself at Portimao at the end of the month.”
Salom, meanwhile, bridged the gap between the lead group and the chasing field, out pacing the likes of Fabien Foret and Robbin Harms, but unable to close on those ahead. Eventually problems for Pirro and Katsuaki Fujiwara would lift the former World Superbike rider up to fourth position, representing his best Supersport finish to date.
"I knew I could score a good result but, given the race outcome, a podium result would've been possible. However, I'm sure there'll be other opportunies but the important thing is that we kicked off the season with a good result, which puts me fourth in the standings.
“I'm sorry I couldn't get a better start the second time around. I'm sure I could've battled with Lascorz and Sofuoglu for the podium.”
Elsewhere, Jason Di Salvo enjoyed a promising World Supersport debut in eighth, the American passing Miguel Praia on the final lap.
However, returning two-time world champion Sebastian Charpentier struggled for pace, finishing almost a lap down in 13th, the Frenchman citing problems with getting reacquainted with the Supersport discipline.