Ruben Xaus was left ultimately disappointed with the outcome of his weekend at Monza after a crash in the second race left him unable to build on his best of BMW in the first encounter.
Capitalising on his sixth place grid slot, although Xaus would slip behind team-mate Troy Corser at the start of the opening race, a late surge would see him pass both the Australian and Ducati's Michel Fabrizio to take sixth at the line.
Surpassing his former best of seventh, achieved at the same circuit twelve months ago, Xaus was confident of challenging further up the field in race two but would see his hopes foiled when he was innocently involved in a first corner pile-up.
With Corser going on to steal the headlines by claiming BMW's first World Superbike podium, Xaus was left frustrated to end his strongest weekend of the season on a low point.
“I felt so good in race one, everything was working so well and I achieved my best ever position aboard the BMW. I knew I had a good chance to go even better in race two but I was hit from behind on the first lap and I crashed.
“I am so disappointed with the way I went out of the race because I never even got chance to get going – there was nothing I could do. However I would like to congratulate Troy and the team for their first podium and I hope we take this form to South Africa.”