Milwaukee Aprilia rider Eugene Laverty feels confident despite struggling in the opening three rounds of the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship he plans on improving his showing on the European tracks.

The Italian team had decent pace during the winter testing but during the opening two events of the 2017 WSBK season finished in the top-10 of the Australian Round, but in Thailand Laverty struggled to get a comfortable set-up on the RSV4 RF and ended up finishing in 19th and 15th position and then at Motorland Aragon improved to claim an eighth and ninth finish.

In an interview carried by the official World Superbike site, Laverty said he hoped to improve going forward in 2017 after being disappointed by the opening three rounds of the championship.

"At this stage, my goal in 2017 is to improve where we are," Laverty said. "The first two rounds have been a big disappointment, as my goal from the offseason was to be in that podium fight, aiming for race wins.

"We struggled with the bike initially, especially in Phillip Island for us. In Thailand, there were definitely signs of progress, but it was hard in the second race because the temperature was so high."

The Irishman added that he hoped a return to racing on the familiar European circuits would improve things. The next race is from April 29-30 at Assen TT Circuit in the Netherlands.

"Now we’re back to more normal temperatures, as well as more updates from Aprilia, I am confident we can make a good step," he added.

"The second half of the season is going to be key; we will still have things to learn but in the second half I want to be consistently on the podium."