EU­GENE LAVERTY

PULL & BEAR ASPAR TEAM DU­CATI

Motorcycle News (UK) - - 2016 Motorgp Silverstone Preview -

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.”

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