Leon Haslam is certain he will challenge towards the front of the field during the latest World Superbike Championship round at Kyalami, despite having not sampled the circuit in five years.
The Briton comes to South Africa keen to shrug off an indifferent weekend at Monza, one that saw him put in a fine run to seventh position having qualified a lowly 17th.
Nonetheless, he is now focused on a good result in South Africa, a venue Haslam will be seeing for the first time since 2004 when he last completed some mileage there.
Indeed, having been absent from the pre-season Kyalami test at the end of 2008, Haslam admits he will start at a disadvantage to many of his main rivals, but he is confident he can get up to speed quickly.
"We had a bit of a mixed weekend in Monza,” he said. “I didn't qualify well, but was able to make my way forward in the races. Unfortunately, I had to withdraw from the first race in the last laps with a technical problem, but finished the second in seventh.
“I am looking forward to racing in Kyalami. I've done some testing here in 2004, but that was before they changed the track and took out the chicane. Most of the teams have tested here this winter and start with a slight advantage, but I am sure I can join the fight for a good result this weekend."
Haslam remains Honda's leading representative on the Stiggy Racing Honda in fourth position overall in the standings.