Simon Andrews is confident he can make his MSS Colchester Kawasaki a top ten contender at Donington Park, despite enduring a tough start to his World Superbike Championship wild-card endeavour.
Andrews finished provisional qualifying in 25th position, in amongst the four other Kawasakis on the World Superbike grid, but insists his progress was stymied by going in the wrong direction on set-up.
Nonetheless, with new parts set to arrive for the bike ahead of final qualifying, and potentially Superpole, Andrews is remaining relaxed about his first day position.
“We've changed a lot of things on the bike,” he told Crash.net Radio
. “We have new parts coming tonight, so we can try and get back to a base setting from BSB and go from there. That will increase our speed and bring us back into the game again.
“We changed a lot of parts on the bike for World Superbikes because we knew we would be going quicker with different tyres, but it hasn't really paid off. So we are changing lots at the moment to get back to how comfortable we were last time we were here. to be able to push and attack like we did last time is our aim, so when we get back to that speed then we will be back in the top ten and being top Kawasaki.
Pointing out his fastest lap during the BSB round at Donington Park would have placed him comfortably inside the top ten, Andrews is setting his sights firmly on joining wild-card counterparts Airwaves Yamaha in taking the fight to the world's best.
“We have done well against the Airwaves team. They are here with Spies and Sykes so they have a bit more data than we have with our Kawasaki partners. The bike isn't running right at the moment, but it is good to see Leon and James doing well because I know we can run with them and shows where we should be.
“The bike is capable of a top ten finish around here and I think we can be top Kawasaki.”