PULL & BEAR ASPAR TEAM DUCATI
You won’t find a rider coming into the British Grand Prix oozing more confidence and self-belief than Irishman Eugene Laverty.
After a demoralising debut Motogp season in 2015 on the underpowered Honda RC213V-RS Open class machine, Laverty’s fortunes and stature have been transformed this year.
He may still be riding an old GP14.2 Ducati Desmosedici machine, but the 30-year-old’s eyes have been shining all season, and prior to the recent break he’d scored points in every race.
Laverty admits he’ll be in a much more relaxed frame of mind heading into Silverstone and said: “Last year I was a little bit on edge chasing that first Open class win. There’d been a few times when I thought I should have won the Open race, so by Silverstone it was getting really frustrating. This year has been a completely different story, so I am a little bit more relaxed. But it is my home race and there is that little bit of extra pressure because that is that one race of the year where you really want to get a good result.”
The combination of Silverstone’s fast corners which are tailormade for his riding style and Ducati’s fearsome power is the reason why Laverty is confident of a strong showing. He added: “Being on the Ducati will be a big step up compared to what I was on last year because the GP14.2 I’m riding definitely has a lot of horsepower. That gives me even more reason for optimism but the track suits my style because of all the fast corners.”
Last year’s British GP took place in typically British summer conditions – pouring rain.
And Laverty says he won’t be upset if this year’s race is rain-hit given what a potent weapon the Ducati GP14.2 is in treacherous conditions.
He added: “I’m hoping for more rain this year to be honest. The bike just gives you incredible feel in the wet. The track is constantly changing but the bike reacts right away. You don’t need to wait two or three laps to understand what the bike is going to do. Within half a lap on the Ducati you know what it will do and you can make a big step in the lap time.”