World Supersport rookie Jack Kennedy's performance at the opening round of the championship at Phillip Island has only served to bolster the Irishman's confidence as he aims to make his mark in 2013.
Kennedy, who narrowly lost out on the British Supersport title last year as the championship race went down to the wire at Brands Hatch, made an impressive debut for the Russian Rivamoto team on the Honda CBR600RR.
The 25-year-old was involved in a four-way battle for seventh position before losing a wheel sensor during the race and struggling with grip issues, which saw him drop to 10th.
Speaking to the official World Superbike website, Kennedy – whose mentor in the Rivamoto team is former Grand Prix rider Jeremy McWilliams – said: “It's good to have my first World Supersport race under my belt and to get some points on the board too.
“I felt comfortable in the race until tyre issues hampered my progress mid race on.
“I had a good battle for seventh but when I lost a wheel sensor in last couple of laps and it just made it too difficult to push,” he added.
“It was a bit frustrating as we had better pace all weekend and I felt I had a top-six within my reach.
“Still, I've learned a lot from the first race, can build on the positives and [I] scored some valuable points.”
Kennedy has settled in well in his new surroundings and is now focused on making the most of his opportunity in World Supersport.
“I think I'm adjusting well to everything. World Supersport has always been my goal and I think it's the right time in my career to make the step up.
"I've worked hard to get here and now I'm part of it, I'm really enjoying it,” he said.
“The Honda feels good, the electronics are new to me; up to this I've never raced with those aids in any series I've competed so it's taken a bit of adjusting but all for the better.
“As a team we have gelled together very quickly, there's a great atmosphere in the pit box and I get on really well with my team-mate Edik (Eduard Blokhin).
“After the first test with the team I knew the bike was strong so the rest was going to be up to me,” Kennedy added.
“I figured lack of track knowledge might make it difficult but I'm quick to learn new tracks so it all just clicked into place for me at Phillip Island.”