David Knight finished third in the opening round of the 2013 Superenduro World Championship in Poland on Saturday.
The four-time world champion from the Isle of Man came second, third and fifth respectively in the event's three finals.
The 34-year-old rider said he would have finished higher but for a number of fallen riders in the final race.
He said: "It was a disappointing way to end but I can take a lot of positives."
The Manx star was making his competitive debut on board new Honda machinery after leaving KTM at the end of last season.
"I just need a little more time on the bike in race situations and I'm sure I can be even stronger. I'm made up with the way things have gone really."
Knight claimed a in 2012 and finished , despite an injury-plagued season.
KTM rider Taddy Blazusiak leads the event from team-mate Jonny Walker with Knight third.
Meanwhile, fellow Manx rider Danny McCanney claimed second overall in the junior class.