Eugene Laverty is hoping the level playing field of Miller Motorsports Park will play into his hands as he seeks a second consecutive World Supersport Championship victory.
The Parkalgar Honda rider took five points off Cal Crutchlow's title advantage with a win last time out at Kyalami, bringing the gap down to 13 points as the series reaches its half-way point.
With Crutchlow identifying him as his biggest challenger for the title this season, Laverty is hoping the fact only Kenan Sofuoglu has had experience of the circuit – albeit on a Superbike – will ensure he will be competitive again.
“This is the first time for all of the Supersport riders at the Miller Motorsports Park track, apart from Kenan Sofuoglu who rode a Superbike there last year,” he said. “I don't think it will give him any real advantage – both he and Andrew Pitt tested at Kyalami before the race but it didn't seem to give an advantage there.
“We'll see how it goes this weekend, the last lot of races have been won by Cal Crutchlow or myself and I need to reel him back in and close the points gap in the Championship. Everything is working really well with my Parkalgar Honda and we are learning all the time and getting more from the chassis.
“We caught up with Cal and his bike package at Kyalami and could run the same lap times but we are not resting on our laurels, we are still moving forward. I think Cal will be at the front in the USA and I need to beat him this weekend. I also think the Ten Kate Hondas want to be at the front so will be a force to be reckoned with as well.”