Michael Rutter admits he is 'shell-shocked' to have made a pointless start to the ViSK.com British Superbike Championship season having shown strong pace during testing.
Rob Mac Racing arrived at Brands Hatch in high spirits having expanded to three bikes for 2009 and acquired use of the new Yamaha R1 over the winter.
However, the team would manage just a pair of top ten finishes, with Graeme Gowland finishing ninth in the first race and Chris Walker taking eighth in the second. Rutter on the North West 200 machine, however, didn't score.
"I'm a bit shell shocked to be honest,” said Rutter, who finished 16th and 17th. “For both the races I had a decent start and ran in the top ten for the early laps, when the newness of the tyre faded I struggled to cope with the bike sliding. We have some work to do with this new bike and I am looking forward to working it out"
Nonetheless, team manager Rob McElnea says all three riders provided useful feedback that should see them prove more competitive next time out at Oulton Park.
"I did not expect a start like that, we have seen the potential of the bike but really need more time to work out how to get the best. All our riders gave us some great feedback to work with and I am sure we will be closer come Oulton, our next race.”