Brett McCormick says there are 'no words to describe his happiness' after recording an unexpected top five finish in only his sixth World Superbike race at the Nurburgring.
The Canadian made his WSBK debut with Effenbert Liberty Ducati earlier this season, but spent much of the year on the sidelines after picking up a series of serious injuries in a crash during his second outing at Assen.
Only making his full return last time out at the Nurburgring, McCormick hinted at his potential around Portimao by making Superpole for the first time and qualifying in 13th position.
However, few expected his remarkable charge up the order during the first race, McCormick revelling in the patchy track conditions to dice for the podium with Sylvain Guintoli and Max Biaggi.
Even getting the better of championship leader Biaggi at one stage, McCormick was arguably the faster of the two riders over a lap, but had no answer to the Aprilia in a straight line.
Nonetheless, McCormick would still cross the line in fifth position, a result that is notable for having come sooner than it did for 2012's other standout rookies Loris Baz and Chaz Davies.
"Race one was fantastic, to be in the top five was really exciting, I have no words to describe the happiness of the moment,” McCormick, who went on to finish ninth in race two, said. “The bike was working very well and I had a good feeling, I was very fast.
“Even in race two, the bike was very good and I felt comfortable, the ninth-place is still a good result. This weekend has been a success, and I am happy to share it with my staff and the team.”
The result also brings some satisfaction to the Effenbert Liberty Ducati team, which began the weekend having now parted ways with each of the three riders it began the 2012 season with, Sylvain Guintoli, Jakub Smrz and Maxime Berger.