Cal Crutchlow is backing new team-mate James Toseland to easily adapt upon his return to the FIM World Superbike Championship in 2010.
The Briton, who won the title in 2004 and 2007, has spent the last two seasons races in the FIM MotoGP World Championship but failed to impress with the Tech 3 Yamaha team and lost his ride, with the Japanese manufacturer handing him a ride with their factory Superbike squad.
Crutchlow, who is promoted to the Superbike team after his victory in the 2009 FIM World Supersport Championship, does not believe Toseland will struggle for speed in 2010.
He told Crash.net Radio: "He's a motorbike racer, he knows how to ride and at the end of the day he'll jump back on the bike and do a good job.
"Everyone says he wasn't that good in the Portimao test, but he'd never seen the circuit whereas we'd been round there loads - he did a good job."
Crutchlow also hopes having a team-mate of the same nationality will improve his own chances of success.
"I'm looking forward to working with James; the last Brit I worked with was Leon [Haslam], and we had a really good year," he said.
"I really respect James because of the determination he's got and [the fact] that he's had to work hard at what he does - he's not the most natural bike rider in the world, the same as me. That means you have to work at it, but hopefully we'll both do a good job."