JOSH Hook and his FCC TSR Honda France world endurance motorcycle team-mates have some work to do to catch the leaders in the 2019/20 championship.
This follows the opening round held at Bol d'Or in France.
"It was a nightmare,'' Hook, 26, said.
"We were leading then a hurricane hit the course and the race was stopped.''
Hook and co maintained the advantage when the event resumed. However, an engine failure saw the team fail to finish. He admits it was 'a hard pill to swallow.'
"It's not an ideal start, not getting any points from the first round,'' Hook added.
Now Hook and fellow riders Freddy Foray and Mike Di Meglio will look to haul in the leaders in the second round, the 8 Hours of Sepang to be held on December 14.
This is a new event on the endurance calendar.
"It's still over six rounds, but Malaysia has replaced another round,'' Hook explained.
This will be Hook's third year in the endurance championship with FCC TSR Honda.
The side won the event in 2017/18 and Hook was named the Manning River Times Sportstar of the Year for 2018.
However, this campaign is eerily similar to the team's title defence in 2018/19 when they had a slow start before storming back into contention in the latter rounds
"In the end we only missing the championship by two points,'' Hook said.
The endurance event will have Hook's complete focus in 2020. He has given up his seat in the MotoE World Cup. This class is for electric motorcycles and was based in Europe.
Hook concedes it was difficult juggling commitments in the two championships.
"I think I'm better off just concentrating on the endurance,'' he said.
After he finishes commitments at Malaysia in December Hook will enjoy a break until April 19 when he rides in the third round, the famous 24 hour race at Le Mans in France.
The series then goes to Germany in June before winding up at the Suzuka 8 Hour in Japan in July. Suzuka is Hook's favourite round.
He was based in Japan in 2015.
"I've had a bit of success (in the 8 hour) and there's always MotoGP and World Superbike racing one-off,'' he said.
Hook will spend the summer training.
"You can never be too fit for endurance racing,'' he explained.
Hook, who lives at Old Bar, hopes to stay in the endurance championship for the foreseeable future, even if it means regular travel to Europe.