Eugene Laverty says he is looking forward to returning to a happy hunting ground at Portimao, even if he admits it will be more difficult than usual after re-injuring his foot last time out in Misano.

The Irishman re-fractured his already damaged foot during the first WSBK race at Misano after pushing down too hard on the footpeg, an ailment that consigned him to two lowly top ten finishes in Italy.

Two weeks later, Laverty admits he isn't at '100 per cent', but is certain the Portuguese venue will be positive for both himself and the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki team regardless.

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"In one respect I'm excited about Portimao because I believe that we are capable of fighting for the win. However, I re-injured my foot during race one at Misano so I'm not quite 100 per cent fit at the moment.

"Portimao is a circuit where the rider can make a real difference and I have a lot of experience there. My Voltcom Crescent Suzuki crew are working hard to improve my feeling with the GSX-R and we won't give up until we reach that top step of the podium again."