Thai rider Ratthapark "Feem" Wilairot saw more positives than the single point he gained from his 15th-place finish in the Moto2 division at the British Grand Prix.
Having secured his second points finish of the season at the sixth race, the Thai Honda Gresini rider believes his showing at the famed Silverstone circuit confirms his progress with the new Suter chassis.
The 24yearold said “small errors” prevented him from clinching a higher place.
“I didn’t make a great start but the settings weren’t so bad and I was able to push hard. I felt comfortable with the bike … I am pleased with the way it is progressing although we need to keep working on it,” said Feem, who remains in 21st place in the 600cc class standings with eight points.
Team owner Fausto Gresini was satisfied with his rider’s performance on the British circuit, which had been an unhappy hunting ground for the Thai.
“I’m pleased because Feem had a good race and improved his pace from practice. Even though it was just one point, it is still an important result because we can see that with more and more confidence in the bike we can challenge in the future.
“This is a boost for the whole team and it will be important for the races to come,” the Italian told the team’s website, gresiniracingmoto2.com.
The next race is in two weeks’ time at the Netherlands’ Essen circuit, where Feem achieved his best career finish, a fourth place, two years ago.