James Toseland believes he could have been challenging towards the front of the field at Portimao had he not crashed during Superpole, even if the former World Superbike Champion was otherwise happy with his performance from 15th on the grid.
Having gotten amongst the front runners during free practice and provisional qualifying, Toseland went on to leave himself on the back foot in Superpole when he high-sided out of contention, the Yamaha rider forced to start 15th on the grid.
Despite this, Toseland pushed on in the races and made good progress up the field, finishing seventh in the first race after passing Noriyuki Haga on the final lap, and sixth in the second.
Although he maintains he was destined for better had been able to complete Superpole, Toseland was nonetheless happy with the outcome given the circumstances
“It was only my crash that stopped me being on the front row I think. I was a bit sore today and my head was bit fuzzy after its knock yesterday so I wasn't completely on form. Considering that and starting from 15th on the grid we achieved some good results.
Looking ahead to the future, Toseland took the time to praise team-mate Cal Crutchlow's performance too, suggesting his efforts are a better indicator of the bike's potential.
"We've still got a lot of work to do but we've made massive improvements,” he said. “We really deserved the third and sixth in that last race, After Cal's Superpole he was unlucky to crash in the first race so I'm really pleased with his result in the second. The potential of the bike is very good - once we use the full power of the engine we're right up there.
“It's a shame we started on the back foot this year but we're moving on and we're keeping on pushing."