Eugene Laverty is heading to the sixth round of the 2011 World Superbike Championship at Misano looking to strengthen his position in the standings after another strong performance last time out in the United States.

Though Monza double winner Laverty couldn't mount the podium at Miller Motorsports Park, a fifth and fourth place finish saw him move up to fourth in the overall standings, while he was also able to out-score Marco Melandri and Max Biaggi ahead of him.

With this in mind, Laverty is keen to maintain his impressive run of form on the Yamaha YZF-R1 at Misano, scene of a dominant World Supersport victory twelve months ago.

"I'm really looking forward to Misano," he said. "Last year on the Supersport bike I won the race with a significant margin so I have fond memories. Some of the Superbike teams have tested there earlier in the season so it'll definitely be a challenging race weekend.

"It's really important for me to continue on the good run that I've been on since Monza so I'll be pushing my hardest and doing my best to get back on the podium again.

"I'm particularly excited about riding my Superbike through the fast section at the end of the back straight. That was very enjoyable on the Supersport bike and I'm sure it will be even more so on my R1."

Laverty is currently 24 points behind third place Biaggi in the overall standings and 14 points ahead of fifth place Leon Haslam.


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