Samsung Honda's Michael Laverty is desperate to shake off a disappointing start to his 2012 British Superbike season and get the party started at this weekend's Oulton Park round.
The Irishman will start Sunday's postponed Brands Hatch round from row eight due to his non-finish in the first race but Monday's opening grid is decided by its own qualifying, not on fastest race laps, so Laverty is confident he can make some headway.
“There are three races so this is an important weekend. It will be good to get the race held over from Brands Hatch out of the way here. I’m starting from the eighth row of the grid, but at Oulton there are six or seven overtaking places whereas at Brands there are only two," said the Toomebridge man.
"My aim to get into the top five in that race and then really get into the groove in Monday’s two races and get consistent good results. It is good to get the first two rounds behind us – we’ve had niggling issues and I have made a couple of bad calls. In pre-season we had the pace and the confidence and now we need to kick-start our season here and get the results that we should be getting.”