Sam Lowes was forced to settle for second place at the opening round of the World Supersport Championship after being edged out by three-time champion Kenan Sofuoglu.
Pole-sitter Lowes was favourite for victory at Phillip Island after dominating practice and qualifying on his Yakhnich Yamaha.
However, following an exciting battle between the pair, which saw them trade places on numerous occasions, it was Kawasaki's Sofuoglu who got his campaign off to a winning start.
The race confirmed pre-season expectations that the title will be a two-way fight between the young Lincoln rider and the experienced Turk.
"All weekend we've had really strong pace, but Kenan has been catching up and catching up," said Lowes.
"I knew it would be close in the race. He's a fantastic rider and a great champion."