Jason Vincent, filling in for the injured Garry McCoy on the Red Bull Yamaha YZR500, scored his first points in the premiere class after finishing 13th at his home MotoGP, following bar-to-bar battles with Haslam, West and Walker.

"I'm happy with how that all went considering I've only ridden the bike for just over four hours, and one of those was wet," commented Vincent, who had said he races better than he qualifies. "It wasn't a bad start and after I got through the biff and barge of the opening few laps I put my head down and went after the group ahead.

"I had a great dice with Leon Haslam and Anthony West and it wasn't long before we caught Chris Walker. All I wanted to do was finish in front of those guys, and I did," enthused the Englishamn, who finished thirteenth to claim three World Championship points.

"All in all it has been a hell of a weekend, the race went almost perfectly and I have ended up with the best 500 result so far of my career," he concluded with a smile.

Hamish Jamieson, Vincent's Race Engineer, was full of praise for the youngster thrown in the deep end: "Jay was in a very high-pressure situation, but he stayed calm all weekend and we managed to find a good set up despite the difficult weather conditions and the lack of time. During the race he rode well, the bike stayed consistent throughout and left him in a strong position at the end. The boy did good."

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