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Laverty: “It was just a case of bringing it home”

  Laverty: “It was just a case of bringing it home”

Mechanical issues see Eugene Laverty focus on scoring points and staying upright rather than pushing over the limit.

The points continued to come for Eugene Laverty in France as he took a respectable 11th place finish. It was not an ideal race as he encountered a technical issue early in the race with his Aspar Team MotoGP bike, causing him to ease off and focus his intentions on getting home in one piece. Even though he was unable to push to his fullest, 11th place sees Laverty collect five more points and hold his palce as the second highest Ducati rider in the championship in ninth.

Ahead of both the factory riders, Laverty has certainly had a productive and strong start to the year. Hector Barbera (Avintia Racing) is currently the leading Ducati in the championship table, six points ahead of Laverty.

There are still several areas to improve for Laverty who feels he is suffering a lot in Qualifying. Laverty has been unable to advance to Q2 in 2016, having had a best grid position of 14th at the first round of the year in Qatar.

Eugene Laverty: “I made a decent start and I was up there with Petrucci and Barbera and then I started to feel there was something wrong with the bike. From that point it was just a case of bringing it home. My good fortune in a way was the misfortune of other riders because I was still able to come through and pick up five points. Looking to the future we need to improve our performance over one lap in qualifying, to be in that top ten or twelve. Our race pace today was the same as Petrucci but he made it into Q2 and that makes a big difference. It seems this year I'm a Sunday man but I need to be a Saturday man too.”

MotoGP, 2016, MONSTER ENERGY GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE, RAC, Eugene Laverty, Pull & Bear Aspar Team, Reaction

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