Race-winning Tyco BMW
but around here I had made my bed by deciding to use the hard tyre, so I had to get the best pace I could and hope that the temperature wasn’t high enough for the soft tyre, that the other guys were using, to work.”
Laverty also feels that having data for the BMW from last year will give him an advantage over his rivals on their new machines. “It is nice to know that we have a year’s worth of information for every circuit we go to,” he said. “I think it will be a big benefit over the season. The BMW has its strengths over the Ducati but the Ducati is a more complete package than it was a month ago in Spain. The Kawasaki is the same. They will keep improving because they are new motorcycles whereas we are already closer to our maximum, but we can’t stand still because we know those guys will keep improving.”
The advantages he admits he enjoys over his rivals makes Laverty the championship favourite in many people’s eyes and had it not been for the water leak he suffered in the second race he could have been going into the next round leading the series instead of being five points behind four-time champion Byrne.
“I think we can back it up and it is good to get the first round under our belts to understand where everybody is now,” he said.