Parkalgar Honda rider Eugene Laverty has told MCN that he intends to pick-up where he left off at the end of last season by running at the front at this weeks three day test at Portimao.
Last time Laverty rode was at the final round of the World Supersport Championship at the Portuguese track where he completely dominated the weekend by setting pole position before going on to win the race by over three seconds.
He said: “Last time I rode my race bike was at Portimao so it would be nice to try and pick up where we left of when I dominated the last race of the year.
"We haven’t tested since the last race but there is very little difference with the bike. The boys have done such a good job with it last year that it’s now down to getting the right set –up for each track.
"One of the bikes will be a 2010 model and even though there is no actual difference we’re still going to have to get it dialled in.”
With no new bikes in the class, Laverty will be up against the usual suspects in WSS including Hannspree Ten Kate Honda rider Kenan Sofuoglu, Kawasaki man Joan Lascorz and Brit Chaz Davies riding the BE1 Triumph.
He said: “To be honest I’m not expecting any of the other teams to have made a big jump over the winter and if any of them have then we’ll be asking questions!”
Testing starts on Friday 22nd January through to Sunday 24th January.