Max Neukirchner admits more work needs to be done if he is to make a more significant impression on proceedings following a dismal first weekend with Ten Kate Honda in Australia.
A year after he finished on the podium for Suzuki around the Phillip Island circuit, while his former employers were celebrating a pole position and victory this time around, Neukirchner failed to break out of SP1 in qualifying before circulating outside the top ten come race day.
Struggling to find the right set-up on the CBR1000RR, Neukirchner did push himself up to a high of 11th during race one before settling for 12th, but an error during race two left him at the back of the field, the German only able to recover to 16th by the chequered flag.
A disappointing outcome on what was both his Ten Kate Honda debut and his first race outing for almost ten months, Neukirchner is now turning his attentions to Portimao in a months' time.
“Well, it hasn't been a fantastic weekend and we struggled to find the right direction from the very start. We made some more progress during warm-up this morning and in race one I was able to make up some places from my grid position.
“We made a big change to the rear of the bike for race two and it felt pretty good for the early part of the race. I was following Biaggi quite closely in his slipstream and ended up braking a bit late for turn four and losing maybe 20 seconds.
“I had a bit of a lonely ride after that and it was a disappointing finish to the weekend. We came here to do a better job than this and we've got some more work to do to get back on course at the next round.”