Former World Supersport winner Luca Scassa feels he can compete 'at the top' in the MCE British Superbike Championship with the Padgetts Honda team.

Scassa is a high-profile addition to the series along with other leading international names like Noriyuki Haga, Florian Marino and Alex Polita and the Italian rider is hopeful of making a big impression in his rookie year in BSB.

"I followed this championship last year and the Showdown was really amazing, but now we have to make it even better. If the bike and me are good then we should be at the top as that is what it is all about," he said.

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"We have done a lot of testing, the team has a lot experience and everything is going good for us."

His team-mate, Ulsterman Ian Lowry, has endured a frustrating spell in his career after struggling to live up to the promise he showed as top rookie in 2009, but Lowry has instantly fallen in love with the CBR1000RR during testing and is enthusiastic about the chance to ride alongside Scassa.

"This bike is really nice to ride. It does what you want when it should and has good grip. I am not bothered one bit by the rule changes and no electronics," he added.

"It is good that Luca has joined the team. It is always good to have a competitive team-mate to push you. We are both on the pace and are working hard. We share data - it is all good."