Eugene Laverty says it would be a 'dream come true' to win on his Voltcom Crescent Suzuki debut at Phillip Island following a hugely positive performance during pre-season testing.

The Irishman was the pace setter on the first day of official testing around the Australian circuit and was bettered only by Tom Sykes by its conclusion on day two, raising hopes that he can return Suzuki to winning ways for the first time since 2009.

Indeed, though Laverty - a nine-time race winner en route to the runners up spot with Aprilia last season - admits he has a victory on his mind at one of his most successful venues, he realises the competition will be intense.

"We have had two good days testing here with the team so far and it would be nice to start the season strong. I have a good history with the track having won here last year, but having moved manufacturers I wasn't expecting to be as fast as I was on Monday straight away.

"It's Sunday that is important so I'm looking to concentrate on some long runs in practise over the next two days and work on my race pace with the Suzuki GSX-R for the opening round. It would be a dream come true to win again here, but the competition is so high I'm not taking anything for granted."

Team-mate Alex Lowes, meanwhile, has also raised eyebrows in testing following his run to the third quickest lap time around a circuit he has never experienced before. Admitting to being a 'little bit nervous' ahead of his full debut, the British Superbike Champion remains confident he can be a front runner from the off.

"I'm really looking forward to this weekend," said Lowes, who started a handful of WSBK races for Castrol Honda in 2011. "Obviously it is my first race with the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki team and I'm a little bit nervous, but only because I want to do well and I think we have a chance of fighting at the front.

"I've never competed in a flyaway race before so it's all new to me, but I love the track and I'm thoroughly enjoying the whole experience. I'm looking to improve further over the practise sessions and see how we get on at the weekend."



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