James Ellison is confident he will be joining Airwaves Yamaha team-mate Leon Camier in fighting it out at the front of the British Superbike field once he has had more time on the bike.
Camier has already given a demonstration of the Yamaha R1's potential during free practice after taking the fight to pace setter Karl Harris during the fifth session of the weekend.
Ellison's progress, however, has been hampered by mechanical issues on day one of practice, while inclement weather on day two has also kept his running to a crucial minimum compared to his rivals.
Nonetheless, Ellison, who ended the second day 14th quickest, echoes Camier's opinions of the new R1, labelling it a very smooth bike, but one he hasn't quite had the opportunity to develop.
“It is a very smooth bike and it is so easy to ride, so the first impressions are fantastic,” he revealed to Crash.net
. “I just wish I've had more time with it. We missed day one running the engine in, so this was the first time I can go out aggressively and do some lap times.
“However, it started off damp so there wasn't much to do out there. We aren't going for times yet, we are just going out there and getting ready for the rest of the weekend.”
Indeed, Ellison is confident there are improvements to come during qualifying and race day, which should help him join Camier towards the front of the grid.
“We're not in a panic,” he added. “It would just be nice to get some dry weather running to get everything working again. We're slowly creeping up there though. We've been improving things every time we go out there, but we have to make quite a big change for qualifying.
“There is quite a bit wrong with the settings at the moment, so hopefully that big change will make a massive difference and we can start running at the front like we should be.”