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Laverty: “This feels like a real result"

 Laverty: “This feels like a real result'

A first ‘real’ top ten for Eugene Laverty after a fantastic launch at the Spanish GP and some help from his brother.

For the second time in 2016, Eugene Laverty managed a top ten finish in a MotoGP™ World Championship race. Over the course of the weekend he had one of his brothers, John Laverty, a former racer himself, helping out by watching track side and offering advice when needed. Laverty followed the advice of his brother and made an excellent start to jump from 15th to ninth on the first lap. The Aspar Team MotoGP rider would get as high as seventh on lap 11 before Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) got past him. In the final laps Laverty had Espargaro in his sights to reclaim eighth, but clutch issues forced Laverty to settle for ninth as it began to slip. This marked the end of a great Grand Prix weekend, Laverty and the team finding their groove after struggling through pre-season testing. Ninth is Laverty’s second top ten finish of the season, but he feels this is the first true result as in Argentina a number of crashes promoted him up the field.

Eugene Laverty: “My brother John said to me before the start that this race wouldn't be like the other ones, there wouldn't be so many crashes, so I would have to pull my finger out on the early laps and I did just that! The start made a big difference. Friday was the first time we've had a new clutch on this bike and it allowed me to make a fantastic start. This feels like a real result. In Argentina we were still finding out feet and we had a bit of luck, but this one we have worked so hard for. Even at the end I was starting to close on [Pol] Espargaró but the clutch was slipping for the last six or seven laps. Otherwise the bike was fantastic and this is a great result for us.” 

After a great race result, Laverty was back out in Jerez on Monday for the first in-season test of 2016. The single day of testing was focused on improving front end setup and getting a better position on the GP14.2. As such Laverty was not overly interested in lap times, completing 85 laps and ending as the 19th fastest rider. It was an important day for Laverty as injuries and mechanical issues saw his time on track in pre-season testing reduced significantly. Michelin also brought along two front tyre options for Laverty and the rest of the MotoGP™ to test.

“This is our first real test because our season only started in Qatar at round one. During the racing season you can't test many things over a Grand Prix weekend so this is an important opportunity for us. We've tried a few things to get a better feeling for the front tyre but like all the riders we have had a lot of variations to try, the Michelins are constantly evolving and we are getting through our programme now. We also needed to make some minor changes to the chassis geometry settings and evaluate the results. We had a good race here and completed a lot of competitive laps so now is the ideal time to test these kinds of things.”

MotoGP, 2016, GRAN PREMIO RED BULL DE ESPAÑA, RAC, Eugene Laverty, Pull & Bear Aspar Team

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