James Ellison blamed a misted up visor for not being able to improve upon eighth place on the grid for the latest round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Knockhill.

Ellison had a troubled first day aboard the Hydrex Bike Animal Honda after suffering a number of falls that would leave him well outside the top ten positions.

Nonetheless, despite the arrival of rain to the undulating Scottish circuit, Ellison made good progress over the course of the day, posting the eighth fastest time in both free practice and qualifying to squeeze onto the second row of the grid.

However, Ellison, who scored a podium last time out at Oulton Park, was disappointed not to be able to improve further after struggling with a misted up visor towards the end of the session.

"I'm a bit frustrated with the weather conditions, I had a problem with my visor misting up. Just towards the end of the session we were getting into the 53's (seconds) and I just couldn't see so I came in and changed the visor but it was just the same.

"We've made so many changes on the bike and it's much better and I'm really comfortable but I just couldn't see! I think I could have been on the front row if it wasn't for that problem. Also, I spent so little time on the track yesterday with me crashing.

"Although we're going well in the wet I'm hoping for it to be dry tomorrow so we can work on the number one bike with the traction control."

Team-mate Guy Martin, meanwhile, will start 15th after a much improved showing on the second of the Shaun Muir Racing Hondas.

"We're getting there. I'm happy with the boys and they've done us proud. I've got the Ulster GP on my mind but its given me confidence that the boys have done what I've asked and we've no problems at all and it puts us in a good frame of mind for tomorrow. I'm hoping for a good couple of points scoring rides and I'll be over the moon."