Max Neukirchner was frustrated with his performance in qualifying for the World Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch after managing ninth on the grid.

The German had made big in-roads on the leading riders following final qualifying, but was caught out by the tricky conditions that forced organisers to revert to a free 50-minute session rather than the single lap Superpole.

Struggling with the set-up on his Alstare Suzuki, Neukirchner admits he was finding it particularly difficult to get grip out of the corners, so is conscious he needs to find more stability from his bike ahead of the races.

Nonetheless, the German has often punched above his weight in the races and is expecting to forge further up the field once underway.

"I am not so happy to be on the second row of the grid, but I think I should be OK for the races," he said. "Brands is a difficult track and it's going to be hard to win here, but I will be trying my best for sure.

"We had some chatter problems yesterday and today and I'm not sure if the problem is worse here because of all the bumps.

"Also, I had a bit of a problem with my bike exiting the corners, so tomorrow we will alter the front and rear suspension to see if we can make the bike more stable. I don't think anybody got a good wet set-up today, so I am hoping it will be dry tomorrow and we have two good races."


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