James Toseland is seeking luck and speed as he heads to round two of the 2009 MotoGP World Championship, in Japan this weekend.
The 27-year-old Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider was pushed into the gravel trap at the opening round in Qatar and finished out of the points in 16th place.
Such bad luck happens to all riders at some point, but Toseland also has speed concerns - having qualified 13th and ranked only eleventh in terms of fastest race lap - which he believes can only be solved by time on the bike.
Toseland lost out on valuable winter testing after two massive accidents.
“Qatar was a difficult weekend to say the least and I know we have got a long way to catch up,” admitted Toseland. “I didn't have a lot of luck out there especially when Toni Elias touched me into the gravel.
“I just need some time on the bike and a bit of luck to go my way. My guys have put in a lot of effort and I'm confident I can get a good result in Japan for the team,” he added.
The three other Yamahas finished second (Valentino Rossi), third (Jorge Lorenzo) and fourth (Colin Edwards) at Qatar.
Toseland finished eleventh at Motegi last year.