ROGER Stockton drew the positives from his latest Isle of Man TT races campaign.
The experienced sidecar ace failed to match their best-ever results notched last year, but picked up the pace on a new machine.
And 18th-place finish in Race A was followed by a 13th place in Race B. Along with long-term passenger, Pete Alton, the 40-year-old from Crewe was satisfied.
HGV driver Stockton said: 'We only took delivery of a new Baker chassis and the latest Yamaha R6 injection engine three weeks ago, so we struggled at first.
'But in the second race we went quicker than last year, which is really pleasing. The fields were bigger so our finishing positions weren't as high, but we can be pleased overall. And we enjoyed it as much as ever.'
Last year Widnes businessman Alton, who owns their racing team OTC Racing, fell ill, and his replacement Steve Ward suffered serious injuries in an accident. But Stockton and Alton bounced back from a run of bad luck to record 13th and seventh placed finishes at the TT.
The duo have missed the opening rounds of the British F2 Champions, but are back in action at Oulton Park on July 7.