Chaz Davies couldn't hide his frustration after feeling as though both he and Ducati team-mate Davide Giugliano were capable of reaching the podium at Motorland Aragon.
A double winner in Spain last season with BMW, Davies was looking to give Ducati only its second podium finish with the 1199 Panigale R, but a poor start in race one would see him bottled up behind the two Aprilias.
Unable to match them down the back straight, Davies didn't get the better of the pair until lap 11, which meant it was too late to mount a podium challenge.
Though he did gain an extra position on the final lap by virtue of Giugliano's accident ahead, Davies felt he could have done better than fourth.
“Race 1 didn't go as I'd hoped, despite my final position,” he said. “I made a bad start and then was stuck behind the two Aprilias for a long while. I finally managed to get past them and got into something of a rhythm but then a drop in the tyre performance meant I couldn't do more.
Hoping for better from race two, Davies's encounter last just four laps when he lost the front of the bike and barrelled out of retirement, despite his best efforts to restart.
“We made some changes for the second race but the front of the bike seemed a little nervous right from the start. I was trying to save the tyre for the later stages of the race but then I lost grip at the front and crashed. For some reason the marshals wouldn't let me continue even though my bike was still running.
Disappointed not to have mounted the podium, Davies is nonetheless encouraged by the Ducati's form on a circuit that doesn't otherwise favour it.
“It's been a disappointing day because I think Davide and I were capable of reaching the podium today. We've taken some important data anyway and now we move on to tracks that should be more favourable for the Ducati.”