Britain’s Danny Webb bagged four points in the Phillip Island Supersport race – his first gig back in world championship action.
After overcoming pre-race nerves, the former Moto3 star took his WRP Wepol Yamaha to 12th place with consistent race pace.
“I have been nervous about this race weekend since I knew I was going back to racing at this high level. But thanks to my team around me, as they made it more relaxed and calmer for me,” said the Kent rider.
“We worked a lot through the winter and to come away with a 12th in my first race back and the team’s first race in Supersport is amazing. We have a good starting point now and will be working to improve from here.
“I want to say a massive thank you to the whole team for the amazing job they all did, and I am looking forward to the rest of the season and working on moving further towards the front.”
Team manager James Toseland also expressed his delight at the team’s first WorldSSP appearance: “What a weekend it was for me and the WRP Wepol Racing team in our first race together at Phillip Island!
“To score four points in our inaugural World Supersport race was an outstanding performance from everyone involved. We had a two-day test at the Australian circuit before the race weekend started and that really helped us get everything together and close the gap with the much more experienced teams.
“We all stayed focused on our goal which was to finish inside the points on race day and Danny rewarded us with not just 1 point but 4 points on Sunday and crossed the line in 12th place. The pressure was increased with a compulsory pit stop half-way through the race, but Danny had a great start and road brilliantly consistent each lap to finish well within the points.”