Glen Richards was satisfied to come away from his British Superbike Championship comeback event with a pair of top five finishes, including a second place in race one at Brands Hatch.
The Australian rider was a consistent front runner in both races, briefly leading the first encounter before capitalising on HM Plant Honda team-mate Steve Plater's mistake at Druids to move into second.
Attempting to chase down Sylvain Guintoli to launch a race win challenge, tyre issues meant Richards was eventually forced to settle for second.
“I managed to keep clear of race's one mid race action with Steve falling and Camier running off the track and after that started to make in-roads to catching Guintoli. But I had a few 'moments' on track and so decided to settle for second.”
Tyre problems would also limit Richards to fifth position in race two, but as he comes away from Brands Hatch third in the standings, he was otherwise happy.
“I got a good start in race two and was comfortably competing with the front runners for the opening of the race, but for reasons which we now need to look in to, the front tyre felt like it was just sliding and not under me, so I was struggling with front grip.
“I'm disappointed to not have been on the podium again but given the tyre problems am happy I was able to hold on to fifth and come away from this first round with 31 points and third place in the championship.”