Sam Lowes is confident he has a strong chance of sealing his maiden World Supersport victory at Phillip Island later this month.
The Bogdanka PTR Honda rider finished on the rostrum six times in 2011 and narrowly missed out on winning on his debut at the Australian circuit last year.
Lowes, still only 21, has the benefit of a full season under his belt and expects to make significant inroads in his quest to win the title in 2012.
“Last year was mega but I went into the 2011 Phillip Island race very inexperienced in World Supersport and not knowing the circuit and stuff.
“I was a bit surprised myself how it went but I performed 100% all out and we managed to get close to the win.
"I arrive in Australia this time with a year's more experience and knowing what to expect so I can go to Phillip Island a little bit calmer, working at it a little bit more,” he told the official World Superbike website, www.wsbk.com.
“The aim after going so close last year is to go there and win, and I really think that I am capable of that. I am going to Australia a lot better prepared than I was last year; I feel that I can go there right on the pace and fight for the victory.
“The team and I would probably be disappointed if we do not do that. The track there just suits my style and I loved it, really enjoyed it.”
Lowes feels the fact he has remained on the same machine this season will enable him to hit the ground running when the series blasts off down under on February 26.
“A lot of people have switched teams or brands this year but I am on the same bike and in the same team, so if anything this year I have got the least to learn compared to some of the other guys.
“That will put me in the driving seat a little bit more."