Eugene Laverty says he setting his sights on another podium at Misano after returning to the World Superbike Championship rostrum last time out at Sepang.

Following a torrid few races since his victory for Voltcom Crescent Suzuki at Phillip Island back in February, Laverty made the most of an improved showing in Malaysia to claim a third place finish in the first race.

It is a result that gives him greater confidence coming to Italy, not least because he feels he is now getting to grips with the Suzuki GSX-R1000 machinery

"Our podium finish at Sepang gave us a much needed boost after such a tough run of late. We're really beginning to understand what I need from this bike and so I feel that we can be strong over the next few rounds.

"My aim is to finish on the podium again in Misano and keep working our way back towards the top step. I'm targeting a race win before the summer break to bring Voltcom Crescent Suzuki back where we belong."