THINGS LOOKING UP FOR LAVERTY
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.”