MOTOR SPORT: CRAIG Jones finished his first World Superbike race on Sunday.
He finished 21st in the second race at Philip Island, Australia, after being unhurt in a high-side crash coming out of Honda Corner on the 11th lap of the opening event while running in 22nd place.
Jones said: 'It was a long boring race but I am just glad to finish one.
'My times were really slow and I was struggling like anything but I was determined to finish no matter what.
'I definitely feel better for getting one under my belt and now I can build on that, starting with the two forthcoming tests when I am going to be working on handling in general and getting a good base set-up.
'I have already been fast on the bike, I just need to get consistent and build on what we have got. In the first race I didn't have any grip, which was causing the back to pump. I was in a rhythm and going steady and I can't believe the bike sprung me off.'
Jones, 21, from Greenbank, was picked up at the end of last season after impressing superbike legend Carl Fogarty and offered a ride for Foggy Petronas racing.
He jumped at the chance and made his debut at Qatar, where he crashed.
Jones said: 'It was a disastrous weekend for me. I didn't have a good set-up the whole time we were here.
'In the second race crash I don't think I did anything differently than any of the previous laps. I was going really steady, so that I would finish the race, and the front end still went.
'In the first race the bike was set-up a lot different to how I rode it in the morning warm-up, with more weight on the front and obviously more fuel.
'So the front tyre was more loaded up and I was unlucky to be caught out. I did consistent 2 mins 2 secs in testing here when I was ill.'
Jones, who now lives at Peterborough, continues the World Superbike season at Valencia on April 23.