Chris Walker admitted he hadn't anticipated such a strong start in the opening MCE British Superbike round at Brands Hatch after sealing a superb runner-up finish.
The Lloyds British GBmoto Kawasaki rider took second place in race one behind Shane Byrne and had been leading the initial race before the red flags came out due to oil on the track.
The veteran racer points to the fact that he was disappointed with fifth place in race two as an indication of his expectations as the season got under way at the Kent circuit.
“The fact I feel a little disappointed with fifth in that second race, when I came here thinking a fifth would be an amazing result, goes to show just how well the GBmoto team is going,” he said.
“We made some changes between the first and second race which didn't quite go to plan but we still did a fantastic job.
“That first race was epic really, we had a great qualifying and although I was fairly confident we could have a strong result I definitely wasn't expecting to do so well,” Walker added.
“The bike is great, the team have worked so hard over the winter and the fact they achieved a double podium in their first race with Kawasaki shows that. We can now move to Oulton in really good shape.”
Walker and team-mate James Ellison both finished on the rostrum in the first race in second and third to claim the Lloyds British GBmoto Kawasaki team's first ever BSB podium results.