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Laverty: “Anything you do in this situation is a gamble”

Laverty: “Anything you do in this situation is a gamble”

Disappointment for Eugene Laverty as grip halts what had been a promising Gran Premio TIM di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini.

During the opening days of practice at the San Marino GP, Eugene Laverty had asserted himself as one of the leaders in the Open class able to set consistently strong lap times on the new Misano surface. Unfortunately Saturday saw the Aspar MotoGP Team rider qualify down in 21st, unable to find the grip and feel from earlier in the weekend. This problem persisted until race day, but changeable weather conditions turned much of the race into a lottery.

Eugene Laverty: “It's always easy to look back on a race with hindsight and maybe we could have pitted earlier in the race but anything you do in this situation is a gamble and that's the way it goes. It was a hero or zero kind of race and fair play to the boys on the podium but it could so easily have gone the other way for them. The biggest surprise for me was when I went back out on my dry bike again and the lap time and the feeling was incredible. I had so much grip it was like the bike I had on Friday again. Yesterday and also this morning I had zero front grip, I have no idea why.”

“Today, I don't know whether the rain had washed the dirt off the track or whether the Bridgestone wets had laid some rubber down but I had grip again. It's something we need to look into but for me it was down to the surface. I said to the boys earlier this weekend that at least our race wouldn't be spoiled by the rain again like Silverstone but maybe I shouldn't have said anything! I was angry after Silverstone because I felt our bike suited the track and we were capable of a result there. I wasn't sure Misano would suit us but actually we have shown good pace at certain points of the weekend so now we can go to Aragon and Phillip Island, two tracks that should be good for us, with optimism."


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