Eugene Laverty is continuing his transition from Grand Prix racing to the World Supersport Championship after completing 171 laps during testing at Almeria.
Following a headline-grabbing turn with Yamaha at Vallelunga last season, Laverty makes his full-time switch to Supersports in 2009 alongside Miguel Praia at Parkalgar Honda.
Both riders were out on track in Spain to test the Honda CBR600RR, with Laverty in particular using the test as an opportunity to familiarise himself with the rigours of Supersport racing.
Having shown how far they had come in the later rounds of the 2008 season, when Josh Hayes briefly led the season finale at Portimao, team manager Simon Buckmaster is already impressed with the progress made.
“I'm pleased with how this initial test has gone I feel it has been very positive. Miguel put in some of the best riding I've ever seen from him which is a great start. He tested a lot of parts and worked around a setting from last year. I'm really pleased with his progress.
“Eugene is still learning his machine and worked very hard to get through as many settings as possible which will be useful once the season kicks off.”
Parkalgar will join the rest of the Supersport field for the first official pre-season test at Portimao later this week.
“Everyone is looking forward to getting to our home circuit the Autodromo Internacional Algarve in Portugal where I'm sure both Miguel and Eugene will improve even more.”