FOR the second time this season, Craig Jones has shown he can compete with the best in the world on equal terms.
The 21-year-old Greenbank rider finished eighth in the latest round of the World Supersport Championships at Snetterton.
Before a crowd of 80,000 fans, Jones qualified in 12th place, setting himself the kind of task he seems to relish.
He shot up to third position from a tremendous start and was fighting off world renowned riders such as Kevin Curtain and Stefan Chambon in a congested six bike battle.
Northpoint Honda-mounted Jones then had to slow down because of problems with his tyres due to the pace.
Jones now has 18 points and is ranked in 15th out of 35.
He said: 'It was a tough weekend. With not getting the qualifying position I had hoped for I left myself with a big task on my hands.
'The quality of riders and machines in the World Supersport Series is fantastic and once again it was a great opportunity to race amongst them.'
'I would have liked a better result but I am happy where I finished - plus we now have a good set-up for when we race here in the last round of the British Supersport series in October'.
Next up, though, is the Silverstone round of the British Supersport on Sunday.
There are five rounds left and Jones, who has recently moved to Peterborough, is placed second, only five points behind Leon Carnier.