Chris Walker feels his Be Wiser Kawasaki team is yet to find the ideal setup quick enough to challenge at the sharp end of the MCE British Superbike grid.

The ever-consistent rider notched up two points-paying finishes in round two at Brands Hatch but was stuck in a mid-pack dogfight in both races, eventually finishing 10th and 13th.

The 43-year-old says he's been able to match his pace around the Indy circuit from 12 months ago but has been straggling in the mid-teen positions, demonstrating how the grid's speed has increased drastically on last year.

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"It was frustrating getting the results I did when the pace was there in the races but it's tough to come from a long way back on the grid," Walker said. "The Be Wiser Kawasaki is more than capable and all the ingredients are there to be running at the front, we just need to get the recipe right earlier in the weekend to allow us to qualify better.

The four-time BSB runner-up says the team struggled to find the right bike setup, an ongoing problem from the season opener at Donington Park, and one that has seen them unable to break into the leading pack.

"Both here at Brands and at Donington we've left ourselves too much to do from way back on the grid and did our fastest lap of the whole weekend on lap 20 of race two. A lap time that last year was good enough for a podium starting from the second row on the grid, this year put me back in 17th today for race one."

Despite his frustrations Walker is confident the team's pace will improve and 'Stalker' can start working his way through the BSB pack again. The Nottingham rider made the Showdown last season on the Kawasaki ZX-10R and has bags of experience to rely on for the season ahead.

"The field is stronger than ever this year but it's coming, the team are working great and it's only a matter of time now."