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Eugene Laverty arrives in Europe with ninth place in the World Championship and clear goals ahead of him.
The opening three rounds of the 2016 MotoGP™ World Championship have been very kind to Eugene Laverty, the Irishman the only non-Spanish rider to score points at each round. Steady results and an incredible fourth in Argentina have the Aspar Team MotoGP man sitting ninth in the championship and looking like a very real top ten threat in each race weekend. His performance hasn’t been perfect however, Laverty knows he needs to improve during Qualifying and make it through to Q2 to battle for a top 12 spot. Starting higher up the field has the potential to be a huge advantage as a rider can get dragged forward with the faster riders in the opening laps and open up a gap on their usual rivals.
Laverty is determined to at least hold on to his ninth place in the standings, if not move up the order. With 21 points he’s just four points behind Hector Barbera (Avintia Racing) who is sixth overall, an achievable goal with another solid result. Jerez may be a track Laverty likes but the last time he was there it did not agree with him. It was at Jerez during an off-season test in November that the Irish rider broke his wrist, upsetting his testing program significantly. It’s time to put whatever demons remain to bed and charge ahead once again.
Eugene Laverty: “We've enjoyed a good start to the season at the three flyaway races and now I'm excited to return to Europe to tracks that I know well from my time racing Superbikes. Jerez is a track that I really like and I'm confident that we can achieve a strong result. I feel that qualifying is where I can improve a lot and I will push hard to make it into Q2 on Saturday. If we can start from the first few rows then it will give us a big advantage during the early part of the race. We're currently sat ninth in the championship and I will be sure to fight to maintain that top ten position all season long.”
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