New Alstare Suzuki rider Leon Haslam admits his hopes for the 2010 FIM World Superbike Championship season have been boosted by the performance of the bike during winter testing.
The 26-year-old Briton, who has moved to the team from the now defunct Stiggy Racing Honda squad, will team up with Frenchman Sylvain Guintoli as the Belgium-based team look to battle for the title after some trying times since Troy Corser took the title for them in 2005.
Alstare have tested at Portimao in Portugal, Phillip Island in Australia and Valencia in Spain as their riders have looked to get bedded in.
Haslam told the series website: "I am really happy with the way things are going and I had another two days with the boys in the team last week.
"I have been happy with the consistency we had at the last test. I did three 1min 34.0sec laps of Valencia, which is very pleasing. I’m about a second a lap faster than I was in the races there this year and I finished fifth in both races, so I have to be optimistic about my chances."