Shane Byrne says his season is heading in the right direction, despite admitting to being satisfied, rather than pleased, with his sixth and seventh place results in Portugal.
Joining Althea Racing counterpart Carlos Checa in out-pacing the factory Ducati Xerox team throughout race day, Byrne proved competitive in the early stages of both races, but would fade in the later laps.
Indeed, Byrne admits he was unable to get his 1198 working perfectly, while he was also struggling for full fitness following a high-speed off prior to Superpole on Saturday.
“In race one the setting of my 1198 was not quite right and I was not able to push to the max, also because I'm still not 100 per cent fit. Before race two my technicians worked hard on my Ducati and it was a lot better for that race.
Nonetheless, Byrne is certain of the bike's potential and is now looking forward to the next race in Spain after proving fast there during pre-season testing.
“I am satisfied with the results even though I know that myself and my bike have the potential to do better and to push for race wins. Now we move on to Valencia. We tested there over the winter and I am sure that we will be able to further improve and fight for the positions that count.”
Pictured: Byrne's accident during Q2 on Saturday