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Laverty: “We need to find more grip”

Laverty: “We need to find more grip”

Eugene Laverty experiences his first race in the rain at the Octo British Grand Prix.

A wet Sunday at the British Grand Prix gave Aspar MotoGP Team’s Eugene Laverty a chance to race in the wet. As a MotoGP™ rookie, Laverty’s time in the wet has been extremely limited and all time is valuable. Laverty made sure to study the riders ahead and attempt to learn from them. During the course of the race he discovered grip issues on corner exit, resulting in a lot of lost time. Both he and his team now have a clear path to follow should they encounter another wet race later in the year.

The 2015 season has been all about learning for Laverty, having switched from the World Superbike championship to the MotoGP™ World Championship. It has been a difficult season with a best finish of 12th at the Catalan GP. Despite somewhat disappointing race results, the Irishmen has shown flashes of speed during practice and is often challenging for the top Open spot. Along with learning a new bike and new tyres, Laverty has also had to learn several new tracks on the MotoGP™ calendar. Fortunately the next race will take place in Misano, a circuit he knows well from WSBK and World Supersport.

Eugene Laverty: “We had a little experience with this bike in the wet but my feeling on those occasions wasn't too good. This was our first truly wet race and I probably rode as well as I ever have in these conditions but I lost too much time in the exit of the corners. I was braking hard and the first part of the corner was okay but we had no grip on the exit. I tried to follow a few riders and copy what they were doing but I had the same issue in every corner. Today showed that we need to find more grip in these conditions. At Misano we will have to work on improving the chassis set-up.”

MotoGP, 2015, OCTO BRITISH GRAND PRIX, RAC, Eugene Laverty, Aspar MotoGP Team

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