Richard Cooper could not hide his disappointment after being denied points on his World Superbike debut with BMW following a fall in both races.

Following a star turn in the wet on Friday, one that saw him run inside the top ten at times, the Briton was nonetheless faced with a tough race day having qualified 26th on the grid.

Two good starts, though, lifted him onto the cusp of the points early on before he rose as high as 15th on each occasion. However, his hopes of maintaining his impressive race pace were undone by crashes, at the chicane in race one and the hairpin in race two.

Leaving him to come away from his outing clutching a pair of DNFs, Cooper was hugely frustrated to twice miss out on getting his name on the scoreboard

"To say that I am disappointed would be a huge understatement. I'm not known as a crasher, so to have three in one weekend is rather rare for me. I made good starts in both races. I was sixteenth after one lap in race one and seventeenth after the first lap of race two. I felt comfortable on the bike, so it was a bit of a shock to crash in the final chicane after only five laps in race one. Maybe I was just pushing a bit too hard and the front didn't like it.

"I managed sixteen laps in the second race before having a very slow speed crash. Once again, I felt settled on the bike and was just concentrating on my racing. I hit a bump at the Dunlop hairpin and the bike just folded and went down. The crash was so slow that I didn't even make the end of the track!

"I am bitterly disappointed with how things went because I am sure that I could finished in the points in both races and that would've been a fantastic achievement on my World Superbike debut.

"Nevertheless, I have enjoyed my time here this weekend and would like to thank the whole team for all their help and support. Everybody has been amazing and I have been made to feel a part of the team, not just a stand-in for another rider.



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