Richard Kerr says he is aiming for the top spots in the 2022 Pirelli National Superstock Championship.
Kerr and the AMD Motorsport team began their campaign on the weekend at Silverstone with Kerr having a best finish of 10th and earning points in both races.
The Kilmacrennan man, who continues on a Honda Fireblade this year, described the weekend as “solid”.
He finished 10th on Friday and 14th on Sunday to add eight points to his total.
Richard Kerr: “I got a little lucky with the result on Saturday with a few riders ahead of me crashing and I struggled a bit with the new shock we’re using,” Kerr said.
“We didn’t do a lot of testing so we had to do that this weekend, but we were improving all the time and the way the bike ended up was totally different to the setup we were on. It’s just a matter of getting it right, but we’re headed in the right direction.
“I wouldn’t say I’m happy with eight points from both races, but I’m not disgusted either and there’s only one part of the track where I really struggled.
“I just couldn’t get the bike to rev fast enough to put the power on corner exit and that meant I lost a few bike lengths each time.
“It was a solid and good weekend to score points in both races and kick off our season, so a big thank you to the whole team; we all worked very well together, so once we have adapted the bike more, I am convinced that we will be higher in the classification.
Scheduled to take place over 22 laps of the 1.64-mile national circuit, a third corner crash saw no less than six riders fall and the race was duly stopped and restarted over the shorter 16-lap distance. Kerr, 21, made the most of the restart and placed ninth at the end of the first lap.
Two laps later he was eighth, but the fiercely competitive race saw him drop back to 12th halfway through the race. There was drama on lap 11, however, when second-placed Lewis Rollo crashed and took race leader Alex Olsen with him, the net result being that Lerr was promoted to tenth where he duly finished for six hard-earned points.
Starting Sunday’s race, which was the full 22 laps, starting 12th and fourth row once again, Kerr finished the first lap in 14th place and despite being briefly dropped back to 15th, he came back to 13th halfway through the race.
More points were certainly on offer and although 16-time Isle of Man TT winner Ian Hutchinson revamped it, Richard duly crossed the line in 14th place to add two more points to his early run. season.
AMD Motorsport Team Owner Fraser Dykes said: “Given where we started on Friday, it was a solid and good weekend to get two points under our belt.
“The mixed weather in testing took a little longer than we would have liked to set up the bike, but we are heading in the right direction and we have some good points on the board. Richard and new team boss Simon (Bleasdale) work very well together and we will look to improve further at Oulton Park.
The next round of the series will take place at Oulton Park from April 30 to May 2.