Cal Crutchlow was tipped to have a good chance of claiming his first WSBK victory at Kyalami on Sunday, after qualifying on pole for the third time this season, but was ultimately left without even a podium.
The Yamaha rider suffered poor starts in both races, but felt his eventual 8-4 race results were a realistic reflection of what was possible at arguably the R1's worst track.
“We did the best job we could today at a track that the bike is not best suited to,” said the WSBK rookie. “Like a lot of riders today I seemed to lose a lot of grip very early in the races making it a struggle to keep on the pace.
“Having said that I was pleased overall with the second race, we were battling for a win and showing good pace throughout to hold on for points. It's a difficult circuit and we've done well, the team did a really good job and we're looking forward to getting to Salt Lake City.
“The track at Miller will suit our bike a bit better so I'm confident we can achieve some good results,” he declared.
Team-mate James Toseland took 7-6 race finishes.