Conor Cummins is a reluctant member of an elite group of top-flight riders, still searching for his debut win at the Vauxhall International North West 200.
The affable Manxman made all the headlines after his horror crash at the 2010 TT, and since then the 26-year-old has rebuilt his career with local team McAdoo Racing and Tyco Suzuki – but believes his current employment at Milwaukee Yamaha could finally give him an international top step.
Speaking prior to last night's opening Supersport race the Ramsey resident said: "I am a bit hacked off with how the qualifying has gone to be honest, and the weather certainly puts a bit of a dampener on things, but I'm loving the set-up at Milwaukee Yamaha; it's absolutely magic to be honest," Cummins explained.
Despite having some stability issues this week on his Superbike, Cummins remains upbeat going into Saturday's two Superbike races in what everyone knows is his main class with Milwaukee Yamaha at the international races. And even if Portrush doesn't produce the top results he so craves, Cummins knows the TT is still to come.
"The bike makes me smile every time I get on it and I'm very happy with the speed of the R1, but we've had a few little stability issues this week, but I've spoken to my crew chief Mick Shanley and he's happy we can iron them out for Saturday.
"I knew what the problem was myself but Mick reassured me. We didn't go out in the wet session as we wouldn't be able to test it properly, but I know come race day it'll be fine," Cummins said.
His pre-season preparations this season included riding the Bol d'Or with Slovakian Yamaha team Maco Racing, but this next four weeks is the most important part of his season, as he endeavours to win races at tomorrow's North West 200 and next month's Isle of Man TT, as he explained.
"This team know what they are doing. They have won the British Superbike championship and I'm feeling great so there's no reason why we can't deliver some results this year.
"I just want to get a good run, but we'll see how it goes tomorrow. But I'm looking forward to it."
Cummins makes no secret of the fact that his eye is on a bigger prize at the TT at the start of June, but would still love a top Superbike result in tomorrow's races to inspire his team and build his confidence.
"Yeah the TT is the main race of my season and as everyone knows I lost out last year after getting injured here at the North West through no fault of my own.
"I'm aware of that, but it's not holding me back as I want to give full commitment to the Milwaukee guys here and there's no reason why we can't do well."
Cummins finished sixth in last night's Livewire AV Solutions Superstock race and said: "Yeah it was a steady ride in difficult conditions and give us additional information and mileage ahead of Saturday's races."