Ronald ten Kate says his Castrol Honda team have plenty of work ahead of them if they are to overcome a patch of disappointing form after failing to crack the top ten at Miller Motorsports Park.
The Dutch-based team had high hopes heading into the American event after testing at the venue prior to the round, but rain during qualifying set them back with Jonathan Rea in 13th and Ruben Xaus
The first race would go on to last just two laps for the team as Jonathan Rea collided with Max Biaggi
on lap one, while Xaus eliminated himself when he crashed into Michel Fabrizio
on lap three. Though Rea reached the finish of the second race, he struggled for pace to end up in 11th by the chequered flag, while Xaus suffered a second crash of the day.
Naturally, team principal ten Kate was frustrated with the outcome and is now hoping for better come Misano, where Rea won in 2009 but struggled in 2010.
“I am tempted to say “No comment”, because there's not really much I can say, apart from the obvious fact that everyone is very disappointed from this weekend,” he said. “The whole team has worked hard but we really didn't get to where we wanted after the test here last week. We have a lot of work to do looking through all the data to take something positive to Misano, but it will have be a very quick turnaround when the crates get back to the workshop.”
Indeed, Rea was bitterly disappointed with the weekend, adding that he isn't leaving the United States with his 'head held high'.
“Frustrating is a word we've been using a lot this weekend but it's a bit too generalised really. We just haven't had a package that we could compete with this weekend and it was all I could do to finish where I did in race two.
“Obviously, the day wasn't helped by not coming home with 21 laps of data from race one. On the first lap of that one, I was the victim of a very intimidating attempt at a pass that went wrong and we both fell down.
“As much as I'm disappointed with the way things have gone this weekend, I really feel for the guys in the team who have worked so hard to get things working. We just haven't been able to find the sweet spot for the bike at this track and scoring four points from the weekend is just not good enough.
“We can't walk away from here with our heads held high and the only consolation is that I'm not going home wrapped up like a mummy like I did last year. Although everyone else has tested there, I hope we can start the weekend at Misano relatively close because I have some good memories from there two years ago, like I have from Miller. But not from this weekend.”