Carlos Checa has crept back up the World Superbike Championship standings despite enduring his worst race weekend of the season at Monza.
The Spaniard, a race winner in Australia, has been a revelation so far this season, but has struggled to match his previous good form around the high-speed Italian circuit where he predicted his 1198 would be down on top speed.
His fears proved accurate as he could only manage 11th on the grid, a position he couldn't then convert into anything more than 14th and 11th at the end of the two races.
Ironically, Checa's seven points actually sees him join Jonathan Rea for third in the standings, although the three-time race winner was far from pleased with his weekend's outcome.
“It was a difficult weekend and probably, if we consider the gap between us and the four cylinders, it's true to say that I wasn't very motivated here. The fact that we haven't managed to find the right balance with the bike has definitely impacted on the results.
“Fortunately we now go to Kyalami, a track that suits our bike. The engine power doesn't count as much and we'll strive to get back on form.”
Team-mate Shane Byrne, meanwhile, did crack the top ten with a run to ninth in the second race, but while he said he enjoyed himself out there, the results are below his expectations.
“We knew it would be difficult but in the end, thanks to my team's hard work in the garage, we took a good result and I had fun, especially in race two. On Friday we were a long way off but today we were not so far behind the competition.
“I'm sorry for Genesio [Bevilacqua] and for the team because I know they would have liked to do better at their “home” track but I did my best and gave 110%. I know we can do better at Kyalami.”