James Toseland is hoping Yamaha has got to the bottom of the grip issues that hampered his progress during the previous round of the World Superbike Championship as he prepares for his first visit to Miller Motorsports Park.
Both Toseland and Yamaha Sterilgarda team-mate Cal Crutchlow proved dominant over a single lap during Superpole at Kyalami, but neither rider was able to translate it into a podium result.
Blaming a lack of grip for his failure to get on the rostrum, Toseland is confident he will not suffer the same affliction when he makes his Miller Motorsports Park debut this weekend.
“I'm really looking forward to Salt Lake City," he said. "It's a brand new track for me. I got to drive a couple of laps in one of the Miller Racing School's Mustang's this week which has given me an idea of the track layout, but there's nothing like actually riding it on a bike to understand it.
“I've always enjoyed coming to American tracks to race, I love Laguna Seca and Indianapolis so I'm looking forward to the challenge of learning this one and getting up to speed as quickly as possible. I hope we don't have the grip level problems as we did in Kyalami."
Crutchlow, meanwhile, is keen to build on his Kyalami performance which proved to be his highest-scoring weekend of the season thus far.
"It's great to be back here again," said Cal Crutchlow. "I loved racing here last year on the Supersport bike; it's a great track so I'm really looking forward to getting stuck into it on the R1.
"I know the bike works well here, so I'm confident we can get up there and fight to be at the front to finish the weekend on the podium."