James Toseland is confident he will be in immediate contention for race wins when he makes his return to World Superbike competition at Phillip Island later this month.
The former double WSBK champion embarks on a new chapter in 2010 after two seasons spent competing in MotoGP, the Briton bidding to become the first rider to win three titles with three different manufacturers.
Although he is yet to feature at the head of any timesheets during the winter period, Toseland maintains that he feels comfortable with Yamaha Sterilgarda, adding that he should be fighting for race wins right from the off in two weeks time.
“The first race is coming up in two weeks and testing has been really promising after riding a GP bike for two years. After the test in Phillip island personally and machinery wise everything should be set to compete at the front from the first race.”
Team-mate Cal Crutchlow, meanwhile, is also buoyant about his chances in his rookie year, the graduating Supersport champion hoping he can use the opening few races as a basis for a mid-season push.
“I'm looking forward to the year ahead, it's going to be a good challenge, but tough! Testing has gone well, hopefully we can turn that into good results from the first few races and build from there. I know we can do a good job.”