Eugene Laverty says he has 'moved the goalposts' after breaking the Miller Motorsports Park lap record for a World Supersport machine in provisional qualifying.
Laverty arrives in the United States on the back of three consecutive race wins, a run of form that has seen him re-enter the title battle with Kenan Sofuoglu and Joan Lascorz.
Currently classified in second place a single point behind Sofuoglu, Laverty signalled his intentions to make it four-in-a-row as he broke Lascorz's lap record from 2008 early on in the weekend.
However, while the Irishman was pleased with his dominant form, he anticipates his rivals could turn it around come race day, just as Sofuoglu did last season.
“It was good to get a 1m51s lap," the Parkalgar Honda rider said. "First I got a 1m51.9s and then I managed a 1m51.6s lap and thought no-one would beat that today so stayed out and got a better understanding of the feeling of my Parkalgar Honda.
“I knew I could do a quick lap this morning but to set the quickest ever Supersport lap here was excellent this afternoon. Miller Motorsports Park suits the Honda and my riding style very well, especially the first part of the lap which is fast and flowing; I enjoy riding here. I think the others are now playing catch up.
“Kenan is a bit behind but he did the same last year and was a full second a lap faster in the race; saying that I think I have moved the goalposts and I am pushing the other riders hard.”