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Laverty: “Ducati horsepower this year will be a big help”

Laverty: “Ducati horsepower this year will be a big help”

A strong engine is important for success around Mugello, fortunately for Eugene Laverty he’s now aboard a roaring Ducati.

Points from each of 2016’s first five rounds has been like a dream come true for Eugene Laverty, his struggles from 2015 gone and replaced by consistent points and rides challenging for the top ten. One of his biggest issues in 2015 was a lack of power on the Open Honda, made especially evident at tracks such as Mugello. There will be no such issues in 2016 aboard the powerful Ducati GP14.2, able to stretch its legs properly after the tight Le Mans circuit. Laverty is out for a good result at Ducati’s home circuit, looking to increase his run of point scoring finishes to six in a row in 2016. Ducati riders have classically gone well in Mugello, the strong engines of the Bolonga factory working a treat down the 1,141 meter long straight. Before arriving in Mugello in 2015 Laverty had scored just two points, in 2016 he arrives with an incredible 33 points.

Eugene Laverty: “We've had five good races with points-scoring finishes so the important thing is to continue that run at Mugello. Having the Ducati horsepower this year will be a big help at Mugello; the engine is so important around there. The focus is on the points, which starts with qualifying better on Saturday, to try and make my job easier on Sunday and try to get in the top ten in the race. Mugello is a natural circuit like Phillip Island, rather than a computer animated circuit. It is up and down with fast changes of direction and different cambers; it's really fun to ride. The Italian fans at Mugello are always pretty special and this will be my first time riding in Italy on a Ducati so I am sure we will have plenty of support.”

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MotoGP, 2016, GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA TIM, Eugene Laverty, Pull & Bear Aspar Team, Preview

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