Triumph's start to the World Supersport Championship began on a disappointing note as their riders could only manage positions in the lower reaches of the points.

The British manufacturer had high hopes of a podium result in Australia after performing well during testing last week and throughout free practice.

However, the races proved to be a different matter for Garry McCoy and Gianluca Nannelli, with the former dropping back when he was clipped by rival, while the latter climbed into the top ten before struggling with tyre fade.

With Nannelli recording their best result of the day in tenth position, the Italian admits it wasn't the result the BE1 Racing team were chasing. Nonetheless, he is confident the team will use the race to learn about the revised Daytona 675 ahead of the next round in Qatar.

"I had a great feeling with the bike during the race and I was more consistent than in qualfiying. I got a good start and gained a few positions. After six or seven laps I got behind Garry who was fighting for the eighth spot. I kept overtaking and managed to be just one second and two tenths behind the leader when about two thirds of the race was over.

"Unfortunately, in the last laps the tyres started to deteriorate and I had to set a higher pace to reach the finish line. Nonetheless, this result is a beginning. We have also understood how the bike reacts in race setup and can now set higher goals for the second round, in Qatar."



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