Eugene Laverty says he is 'quietly confident' of maintaining his strong start to the 2011 World Superbike season following his eye-catching category debut at Phillip Island.

Laverty translated his strong pre-season test pace into an equally impressive fourth place finish during his first-ever race aboard a Superbike, while the Irishman also had the 'honour' of leading the first lap of the 2011 season.

Heading to his adopted home round at Donington Park, Laverty is pleased to be returning to the venue, three years after making his paddock debut riding a Yamaha Supersport machine.

"I'm pretty excited for Donington," he said. "After Phillip Island it's looking very promising, we showed a lot of potential there. We'll wait and see what the results are come Sunday but I'm quietly confident, I think we are going to be very strong.

"I like Donington a lot, especially the fast flowing nature of the track and I've always enjoyed riding it."

Laverty has endured mixed fortunes at Donington Park on the world stage, failing to finish the British Grand Prix during his two seasons in the 250GP class. He also fell during the 2009 WSS race, though it prompt a fantastic comeback to fifth position at the chequered flag.