Jon Kirkham says he is pleased to come away from his maiden World Superbike Championship outing with points to show for, despite otherwise struggling to match his Samsung Crescent Suzuki team-mate John Hopkins at Silverstone.
The youngster was making his WSBK debut as part of the team's wild-card appearance at Silverstone, but while Hopkins would stun the regulars by qualifying on pole position, Kirkham found himself at the other end of the timesheets as he struggled to improve his pace.
Nonetheless, despite starting 21st, Kirkham forged forward in both races, scoring on each occasion with a run to 14th and 15th. Indeed, while the Briton, who is in contention to qualify for the British Superbike title showdown, was disappointed not to be more competitive, he was otherwise satisfied with the outcome.
"Not quite what I hoped for this weekend, but a pair of points finishes in World SBK is definitely something to be pleased with and you still can't beat the feeling of dicing with your heroes like Troy Corser. Crucially we were a day behind really.
“After my struggles in practice and qualifying and an attempt to alter my riding style a little after seeing Hopper's times, I just reverted to my old self today and started to go much better. Anyway, the bonus to take away from this is that we've now got a lot of data for the Silverstone BSB round and I can go to Brands Hatch next weekend with plenty of confidence."