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Laverty: “We have some ideas”

Laverty: “We have some ideas”

Starting down in 23rd position, Eugene Laverty will wear a special one off helmet to honour the late Dr. John Hinds.

Eugene Laverty (Aspar Team MotoGP) spent much of Saturday searching for more rear grip on his Open Honda machine, but struggled to progress. A time of 1’22.693 has the former World Superbike winner starting down the order in 23rd spot. Warm Up will offer one final chance for Laverty and his team to explore setting alterations to improve the grip issues.

Regardless of result, tomorrow will be an important race for Eugene Laverty who will wear a special helmet to pay tribute to his friend the late Dr John Hinds, who recently lost his life while working at a road race in Ireland. The helmet is a replica of that worn by Dr Hinds, nicknamed ‘The Flying Doctor’, the bike mounted doctor was famous for saving countless lives and for feverishly campaigning for a Helicopter Medical Support Unit in Northern Ireland. He will be missed in both the racing and medical worlds.

Eugene Laverty: "Yesterday we started well but in the afternoon we went wrong with the setup. Today we have improved our feeling somewhat, but I am still not comfortable. We worked hard during the day to try to find solutions, but I had some problems with the rear tyre which gave me several scares and close-calls. We have some ideas about how to gain grip with the rear and will work hard during the morning Warm Up session to achieve this, then try to approach the race confidently."

“Shoei have made a one off helmet for here and I'll wear it during the race as a tribute to John because he was a big hero to all of us back home. I met John in 2010 and he was always on hand to help me if I needed any scans or advice and coming from Ireland I have lots of friends who race on the roads and he saved a lot of their lives by being straight on the scene. I had a lot of time for him but also it's important to support HEMS for NI. I want to help raise awareness for that and the petition already has over 45,000 signatures and that was something that he worked very hard for.”

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MotoGP, 2015, GoPro MOTORRAD GRAND PRIX DEUTSCHLAND, Q1, Eugene Laverty, Aspar MotoGP Team

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