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Eu­gene Laverty has once again emerged from a Mo­togp week­end as the top British-based rider in the se­ries, af­ter man­ag­ing to con­sol­i­date his in­cred­i­ble fourth place last time out at Ar­gentina with a strong 12th place in Austin.

And yet, de­spite the strong start that has left him ahead of Scott Red­ding, Bradley Smith and Cal Crutchlow in the stand­ings, Laverty says they’ve barely scratched the sur­face of his As­par Du­cati pack­age.

“It was go­ing to be a tough race. I pulled a lap out of my arse in qual­i­fy­ing, and I still wasn’t com­fort­able. When you come to a cir­cuit like this still with­out a base set­ting, it’s not ideal, so the aim for days like this is to stay on and take points while the oth­ers fall off!

“It’s good con­sid­er­ing we still don’t have a base set­ting – but the most we’re learn­ing is in these races. In test­ing you get to do race runs and that’s where you learn, but we didn’t have that chance.”

But there’s light at the end of the tun­nel for Laverty as Mo­togp re­turns to Europe and to Jerez, a track that not only is he in­ti­mately fa­mil­iar with, but which also comes with a day of of­fi­cial test­ing di­rectly af­ter­wards.

“We’re go­ing to a track where I’ve spent a lot of time – I did a lot of test­ing there for Aprilia on the su­per­bike, and I know the fastest way to get around it. I’m hop­ing it’ll give me more in­di­ca­tion to what di­rec­tion we need to go in.”

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