Voltcom Crescent Suzuki duo Eugene Laverty and Alex Lowes say they are positive about their chances for World Superbike race day at Sepang after just missing out on the second row in Superpole.

Desperate to bounce back to form after a run of disappointing races, Laverty had set himself the target of getting on the front two rows, but would fall just short in seventh place.

Despite this, the Irishman was content with his efforts and remains satisfied that he can mount a convincing challenge from the third row.

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"We almost got the second row that I was after, but I made a mistake at the end of my best lap that otherwise would have got us there. P7 was a good day's work considering we lost most of free practice four with a technical problem. The bike is working well in the hot conditions and it looks like tomorrow afternoon will be just that, so I need to get a good start and see how race one goes!"

Lowes, meanwhile, will start ninth having been forced to come through SP1 prior to the pole-deciding SP2 session. Despite this, the British rider says it was useful to get some extra track time regardless.

"We are slowly getting there, it's been quite difficult this weekend but we improved a little bit for qualifying and being in Superpole one actually gave me a bit more time to try a few things. I'm happy enough but it's going to be some hard racing tomorrow. Hopefully we can make a few more changes to the front of the bike in warm up and enjoy two good races."