High track temperatures, set-up problems and determined rivals made it a hard day at the office for the defending champion who is now second and nine points back after a third-place finish at the Circuit of Barcelona-Catalunya. Kenny extended his streak of consecutive podiums, started last season, to seven.
Kenny Noyes: 3rd
"It probably looked like a fun race on TV between Silva and me but, to tell the truth, I was having a pretty hard time. I could hold the slipstream of his BMW down the long home straight but when I led he could overtake me too easily.
Even though we rubbed fairings a couple of times, it was a clean scrap all the way to the flag. I was disappointed not to get him back one more time, but having two guys go down right in front of me, especially Rivas who nearly took me with him, I realized just how easy it would be for me to drop it. It was slick and very bumpy out there. We got out of here with minimum damage - Morales took nine points from us - but now we know where we are.
We decided right after the race to go to Motorland on Tuesday and Wednesday for two days testing to try and get rid of the chatter and to find some more speed. Our rivals made some improvements after Portugal and now we have got to do the same."