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Laverty Interview: "It feels like Christmas has come early"

Laverty Interview: 'It feels like Christmas has come early'

Eugene Laverty spoke to about his debut season and getting his hands on the new swingarm from Honda at the recent Barcelona test.

Aspar MotoGP Team’s Laverty finished twelfth at the Catalan GP, and now only trials Hector Barbera, the leader of the Open class standings by 9 points:

You are seven races into your debut season in MotoGP, how would you assess it so far?
“Some good some bad! The last couple of rounds have been quite difficult in Mugello and France, but it was nice to get to Barcelona and get a good race under our belts. Four points and twelfth position was a good days work.”

How are you finding the Open class Honda?
“I like the bike, it really suits my style. The tyres are quite different from what I have been used to and you can push them a lot. I am enjoying some aspects, but obviously, I would like to be further up the order. Hopefully we can make some more progress as the season goes on.”

Despite the results, you mentioned you were struggling throughout the weekend, what with exactly?
“The past couple of tracks I started to lose the front. My style is to push the front hard, but I guess I was trying to push a little but past that. You can really force the Bridgestone front tyre, which  suits my style and I was able to hold a lot of brake pressure right from the off. Perhaps I just asked too much of it.

"Recently I have lost a bit of confidence in the bike with the crashes, so the important thing was to find a direction again, which we did. We did a lot of good work on Saturday night to give me a good bike for Sunday’s race.”

You got the new swingarm from Honda at this test, is it an improvement?
“We just fitted it and typically, the heavens opened! It feels like Christmas has come early! I am really happy that Honda have given me this to try out, so a big thanks to them for allowing me to test it. It would have been great to test it out here, instead of at a race weekend, with 8 hours of track time but unfortunately the weather went against us and it started raining.”

What is it like coming from a family with such a racing tradition?
“We are a close family, we race motocross when we were kids together. Nothing really has changed; just the level has got higher! Its funny how you don’t really think about it much, the fact you are at World Championship level, it doesn’t feel too different from when we were riding mini bikes around as kids.”

MotoGP, 2015, CATALUNYA MOTOGP™ OFFICIAL TEST, Eugene Laverty, Aspar MotoGP Team

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