Voltcom Crescent Suzuki's Eugene Laverty feels race victories are within his grasp in next year's World Superbike Championship following an encouraging debut on the GSX-R1000.

Laverty, who finished as the series runner-up this year behind Tom Sykes, got to grips with the Suzuki during the final shakedown of 2013 at Jerez in Spain.

The Northern Irishman was joined at the test by British Superbike champion Alex Lowes, who cannot be officially named as a Crescent Suzuki rider due to current contractual agreements in place with Samsung Honda, which cease in January.

Laverty, who won nine races on the factory Aprilia this year before being replaced in the team by Italian rider Marco Melandri, said: "It has been an eventful test and I want to say a big thank-you to my new team for making it possible to stay on for the extra days - it made a big difference and I was fortunate that we could do it.

"We had a really positive day yesterday and made quite a bit of headway with the Suzuki GSX-R. It has a good base-setting, great feedback from the chassis and the potential to be really successful, but we still have a bit of work to do to get there.

"We definitely have the capability to be competitive and to win races but we need to do some fine tuning - especially with corner exit and electronic control strategies," he added.

"Crescent has some very capable people and I am confident we can take big steps. It is now a matter of time to get things right ready for the new season, so I will be looking forward to what the guys can do over the break before we test again in January."

Referring to Lowes, Laverty said he would enjoy having such an enthusiastic team-mate on the opposite side of the Crescent Suzuki garage next year.

"It was also good to have my new team-mate at the test. I am looking forward to working with him next year and it was great to have someone as keen as he is on the other side of the garage," he said.

"I have had team-mates that have never been that eager to go testing, but he was right on it and looked fast out there."

Laverty was ninth fastest on the unofficial times at Jerez following a lap in 1m 42.9s, with Lowes fourth quickest in 1m 41.2s.



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