Sam Redding is confident his team are adjusting to life in the Tour Series.
The Horndean talent is part of amateur outfit Spin Rotor Primal C-Originals (SRPC), who are making their debut in the unique, team-based championship this term.
Team UK Youth, who are led by the experienced Yanto Barker, top the standings – decided on each team’s top three riders over the line – after six of the 11 rounds.
Meanwhile, SRPC have found life tough against their professional rivals – with a best-placed finish of ninth out of 10 in Aberystwyth.
They prop up the table ahead of tonight’s clash on the streets of Redditch (7.30pm).
But for Redding, 22, there is plenty of cause for optimism.
‘We definitely seem to be moving in the right direction and we were unlucky to not finish higher than ninth in Aberystwyth,’ he said.
‘When a few things fall into place there is no reason we can’t finish sixth or seventh.
‘We just need to try to stay upright to give ourselves the best chance – which is easier said than done sometimes!’
Redding was the highest-placed SRPC rider as he finished 27th on his Tour Series debut in Stoke.
He was 30th in round four in Aberystwyth, before missing the latest two battles in Torquay and Colchester because of exams.
He said: ‘Stoke was really good. My positioning let me down a bit and when Team UK Youth ripped it up from the front with two laps to go, I just couldn’t stick with it.
‘It was a bit frustrating to be dropped (from the main group) so late on.
‘But I finished in the right half of the field at least.
‘My positioning was better in Aberystwyth but as I tired I slipped to the back of the main group and got caught behind George (Pym, team-mate) when he crashed.’
The third round of the JHT Grand Prix Series will also take place in Redditch, with Eleanor Jones and her Portsmouth-based VC St Raphael team in action.
After winning the first two contests, Hannah Barnes is in the leader’s jersey.