Tyco Suzuki disappointed with BSB results so far

No podium positions for the Suzuki team, best finish was fifth at Brands Hatch Indy

TYCO Suzuki recruited Josh Waters from Milwaukee Yamaha and John Hopkins - who took a year out to recover from multiple injuries – for the 2014 British Superbike Championship, however there have been no podium positions so far.

2014 is only Waters’ second year in the British Superbike Championship after moving up from the Australian Superbike Championship. Hopkins, however, competed in the 2011 BSB Championship where he missed out on winning the title by only 0.006 seconds from Tommy Hill.

Speaking to bikesportnews, team boss Hector Neill said: "It has been a difficult race weekend for us. It's not really what we come here for. We have had a lot of success after the last few years, and we are here to challenge for podiums and win races - and that hasn’t happened.”

“We had a top ten after the end of the second race at [Oulton Park] but we had a technical problem in race one. We kind of knew that we had to be patient at the start of the year, but there's improvement to be made in all areas, and a few good results will boost the rider’s confidence.

"We are looking ahead to Snetterton, where we hope our championship campaign will start, and forget about the first two rounds.”

As the road racing season begins, there is just over a five week break in the BSB calendar allowing Hopkins and Waters to re-group before the third round.

"John will go home for a few weeks and hopefully do some training and get his head in a good a position as possible, we know where we are with the bike now and we need to find the best set up for each round. We tried a new engine this weekend, and maybe it was a bit early for us to try that out,” continued Neill.

"John has a lot of things to adapt to, and until I spoke to him a few months ago maybe he wasn’t even really realistically thinking about coming back to racing, I can’t speak for him, but that is maybe the case.

“I think the decision to come back to racing came very quickly for him and I think it’s a good time for him to have a break to reflect on everything and the decision he's made. Also on his fitness and recovery from injury - and it will be good for him.

“I think round three will be a massive round for John and hopefully we will see his championship come alive at Snetterton, and if we don’t then I’m not sure that we will.”

Unfortunately, Waters’ first year in the Championship didn’t go to plan leading to Milwaukee Yamaha boss Shaun Muir replacing the young Australian leaving him without a ride near the end of the season.

"Josh Waters is fitting in really well, and he is comfortable with the bike. He has had a tough few years but he has the talent and ability. His confidence was destroyed last year and I knew that we would have a building exercise with him this year.

“To be honest the riders are maybe a bit further back than I thought they would be, but we all need to work together to get results."