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E. Laverty: “The potential is there”

E. Laverty: “The potential is there”

Laverty was yet another rider who struggled with rear grip at the Sachsenring, a common complaint of the German track this weekend.

A difficult GoPro Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland had Eugene Laverty (Aspar MotoGP Team) battling rear tyre grip in the opening laps of the race, gaining grip and confidence at the end. Across the entire MotoGP™ field a lack of rear grip was a common complaint with riders, although unlike the others Laverty gained rear traction as the race went on. This unique situation saw the Toomebridge rider set his fastest lap of the race on his final lap, both he and the bike have potential but more work needs to be done.

Much of the weekend had seen Lavery struggling, the Sachsenring another new track for him to learn. 2015 has been very much a learning season for him, learning new tracks, tyres and bikes having moved over from the World Superbike Series. In the World Championship standings Laverty is just one place behind his highly experienced teammate Nicky Hayden, with Laverty having claimed seven points in his debut season. The MotoGP™ now enter their midseason break before reconvening in Indianapolis for round ten.

Eugene Laverty: “The start of the race was tough because I didn't have any grip on the rear. As soon as I opened the throttle the bike started to slide and I had a few scares. Suddenly halfway through the race the tyres hooked up and I was able to lap faster than I had on new rubber. I guess we need to work more on the bike to make it more balanced. The fact we set our fastest lap at the end of the race shows that the potential is there but we need to exploit it better. The new swingarm gave us more grip but we have to adapt to it and find a balance. It has been a tough weekend but we'll come back after the summer break ready to work hard and improve.”

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

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