Voltcom Crescent Suzuki rider Eugene Laverty says his attention is firmly set on a return to form ahead of the fourth World Superbike Championship round at Imola, after what he describes as the 'worst' race day in his long career in Assen.

A race winner during the opening round of the season at Phillip Island, Laverty endured frustrating weekend at Motorland Aragon before crashes in both races at Assen left him without a single point to his name in the Netherlands. you

Indeed, Laverty - who had expected a strong result around the Dutch circuit - goes as far as to say it was the worst race day of his career, but says he is confident he can bounce back to the podium in Italy.

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"Race day in Assen was perhaps the worst day of my career but it's important to move on and focus on the next round. We made a big step with our Voltcom Crescent Suzuki GSX-R from Round Two to Round Three so I'm confident that with a bit of luck we'll be fighting for the podium this weekend in Imola.

"Unfortunately we've slipped down the order in the championship following a double non-score in Assen so we've got some catching up to do, but I'm looking forward to the challenge."