Haslam and Torres feeling confident

Both riders did well in the first race of the season at Phillip Island, with Haslam winning Race 2, while Torres managed a respectable fourth place in the first race.

The riders were quoted by worldsbk.com at the launch of the new Aprilia bike, the RSV4.

Haslam said: "My goal for this season is to win, as it always is,and this year I'm pretty certain that I have the best possible technical package available to try and do just that. I fell in love with the Aprilia RSV4 from the very first laps.

"Performance is smooth and the electronics are my best weapon, plus I can count on a professional team that is accustomed to winning. Plus, I'm coming off my first winter break without any physical problems. I'm still not at 100% fitness but I'm improving day-by-day and I'm working with a highly skilled technical team."

Rookie Torres added: "Being on a team that has won so often in Superbike is a guarantee. I'll need to work hard to take the best possible advantage of this opportunity. This year everything is new for me: bike, team, category and even many of the circuits. I'm still working on adapting to all these changes, but I'm confident. My first sensations were very positive. My feeling is improving lap-by-lap and I can't wait to get down to business so I can show just what I am capable of."