Eugene Laverty was satisfied to leave Motorland Aragon with two more solid World Superbike Championship results after spending much of his day fighting through the field.
The Yamaha rider started in sixth position for both races, but was twice bumped down the order in the funnel through the opening bend.
Running ninth during the early stages of race one, Laverty came on strong in the latter half of the race, steadily working his way past his rivals to haul himself up to fourth position at the chequered flag.
A similar scenario presented itself in race two, though this time Laverty had work to do from a low of 16th. Nonetheless, he quickly forged his way back up the order to cross the line in sixth position.
A solid points' haul that consolidate a fairly lonely fourth place in the overall standings, though Laverty was disappointed to not be on front running pace in Spain, he believes he has made a step forward with the R1.
"In race one I wasn't brave enough on the first corner, which was usually my strongest point and I ended up getting bottle necked. I came through in the end and was very happy with my result. Something similar happened in race two but I felt the rear wheel locking and went wide causing me to lose several places.
“Had I gotten off to a better start, I know I could have been stronger. Considering the difficult weekend I had, I think we made a great breakthrough which will help us for every track. We'll take the experience to the future and hopefully be stronger in Brno."