MSS Colchester rider Julien Da Costa says an improvement in qualifying will reveal the true potential of their Kawasaki ZX-10R in the future following a solid opening weekend at Brands Hatch.
Both Da Costa, who was making his return to the BSB for the first time since 2005, and team-mate Simon Andrews showed top ten form during the free practice sessions, but were disappointed to qualify on the fourth row of the grid.
Nonetheless, Andrews would go on to finish seventh in the first race, before Da Costa followed up with a tenth position in the second race. With both riders finishing well up on where they started, Da Costa admits qualifying is where they will focus on their improvements.
“We are very, very close to a perfect bike. You only need to look at the times and speed trap figures to see this. Next time we qualify where we belong and then we will see very different results.”
It was a sentiment echoed by team manager Nick Morgan, who was otherwise delighted with their forward momentum by the end of the weekend.
“I was lower than lino on Sunday. We need to up our game in qualifying. Simon and Julien were top five material Friday and Saturday - the fourth row of the grid was not what they and we deserved. But what a mega weekend – there's a real buzz in the team. We all know it's there. We all know it's coming.”