THINGS did not quite go as planned for Craig Jones when the World Superbikes came to Silverstone.
Jones was keen to make his mark in front of British fans, but on the first day on a wet and greasy track the Green-bank rider fell at the Brooklands hairpin when he high-sided his machine, as did many other riders during the fifth round of the Superbike World Championship.
Jones bounced back from his morning mishap in his usual style and came within 0.6 seconds off the Superpole qualifying time with just two seconds separating the whole field of riders on the shortest circuit in the series.
Unfortunately Jones's luck was to run out completely on the first lap of the first race on race day when he high-sided at high speed on a fast left-hand bend.
He suffered extensive bruising but returned on his second machine for the restart of the first race in front of a welcoming crowd.
But while waiting on the start line in read-iness to go out on the warm-up lap Craig complained of blurred vision and was withdrawn from both races.
He said: 'I was looking forward to the race and felt good in morning warm-up. I think I would have finished in the points but the crash was partly my own fault, although a whole host of things popped up in front of me I had no control over.'
Jones is now in training for the next round at Misano, Italy.
Howie Mainwaring was given a Wild Card ride in the Superstock 1000 FIM Cup riding the Krystal Space Air backed Yamaha YZF R1, which also took place at Silverstone.
Former Verdin High School pupil Mainwaring mastered the wet conditions and, unlike many riders, remained mounted. But with time being at a premium he settled on what was the best set-up he could afford after the morning practice times and qualified in 22nd position.
Fighting for position against the world's best riders, he settled into a good rhythm but he could only finish 20th.