Eugene Laverty heads to sixth round of the 2014 World Superbike Championship hoping an overseas adventure to Sepang in Malaysia with spark a return to form following a run of disappointing results in recent races.

The Irishman started the season in style with a victory in the opening round at Phillip Island, but has not stood on the podium since and has slipped down the order to tenth in the overall standings after ten races.

Looking forward, though it is not a new venue for Laverty, who has been testing Suzuki's MotoGP machine in Japan and Australia between events, he says he will be treating Sepang as an unknown in his attempts to get back to the front of the field.

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"Last time out was a big disappointment as my crew deserved better," Laverty, who crashed in both WSBK races at Donington Park, said. "Again, like in Assen, I crashed early in the races and so I need to settle into a better rhythm from the start. I raced at Sepang on-board a 250cc machine back in 2007 but I'm more or less treating it like a new circuit.

"We have an extra half hour of track time on Friday which should allow us to get the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki up to speed that bit quicker.

"It's been too long since our sole podium finish of the season in Phillip Island so we'll keep on fighting and try to get back up there as soon as we can."