By Stephen English

A lack of dry track time hampered Michael Laverty during qualifying for the Dutch MotoGP round at Assen, with the PBM rider left to settle for 22nd on the grid.

Having struggled in Thursday's dry opening practice session, after which the rain arrived, the team were forced to try radical changes on the drying track in FP4 before qualifying.

Running a brand new bike means that there is no data from past years to use as a guideline and it has hurt the PBM squad this weekend.

Speaking after qualifying Laverty said: "I knew after FP1 yesterday that we were quite far away with the dry set-up. In FP4 we tried a few things but the bike was terrible so we only got eight laps in.

"Qualifying was a bit of a disaster and I didn't get a decent lap in at all. I tried to use it for tomorrow though so came in and tried to improve things."

When asked exactly where he was struggling, Laverty said that steering into the faster corners was the main challenge:

"It's really hard to steer here in the fast corners and here there are so many kinks that need to be linked up so at the minute we're have a hard time but we'll try and pinpoint the problem tonight with the data.

"If it's wet we've got a really good setting but we could have done with another dry session and that's the downside with developing a new bike. We need the track time and we just haven't had that this weekend."


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