Eugene Laverty says it will be the 'smart guys' that will emerge on top at the end of the opening World Superbike round at Phillip Island this weekend, as he used the two-day pre-season test around the circuit to concentrate on race set-up.

The Irishman will make his WSBK race debut with Yamaha at the Australian venue this weekend, but is already tipped to be a front runner following a series of strong performances in testing.

Well matched with his MotoGP race-winning team-mate Marco Melandri, Laverty maintained a fairly low profile during the final test outing at Phillip Island as he focused on establishing a good race set-up for the weekend.

Ending up in ninth position overall, Laverty is confident his approach will pay dividends when the points are handed out at the end of the Sunday's races.

"It's been a tough test but we're making progress bit by bit. We're focusing on consistency for the races, that's been the focus since we started the test. We've found that now and all we need is a little bit more pace.

"I'm excited about the race, it's a strange track like no other and requires a unique set up. I think it's going to be the smart guys who are there at the end of the race."



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