Neil Hodgson admits he is not yet comfortable on the Motorpoint Yamaha after only managing 22nd on the grid for his British Superbike return at Brands Hatch.
The former World Superbike champion, returning to the domestic series after a decade away, was experiencing the shootout format for the first time and couldn't progress beyond the opening knockout phase.
Leaving him on the sixth row of the grid, Hodgson was frustrated with the result, claiming the strength of his rivals and the fact he isn't able to push the Yamaha R1 were determining factors in his struggle.
“Well that was a serious baptism of fire! Coming back to the BSB was always going to be a tough call, this is the toughest domestic series in the world and the depth of field stronger than many World Championships.
“Brands is a tough starting track, a 45 sec lap needs total commitment and confidence and I really do not feel comfortable to push that hard.
“Dan [Linfoot] is flying so that is great for the team and for me as I know the bike is fine, I need more laps and a couple of good races tomorrow.”