By Stephen English

Michael Laverty was an early casualty at the US MotoGP after falling on the second lap of the 32 lap race (pictured).

The PBM rider fell at turn two while battling with the leading CRT riders after making a fast start from 20th on the grid. Speaking after the race the Ulsterman was clearly disappointed:

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"I made a decent start and was in the group with Barbera and Edwards," explained Laverty. "I passed Barbera into turn three and then he got me back at turn five on the opening lap, so I thought I'd try and not lose touch with him this time because losing time in the opening laps has hindered us in recent races when the bike was heavy.

"So I tucked in behind him and at turn two I wasn't pushing very hard, not even as hard as the rest of the weekend, but I was probably caught out by a combination of the tyre not being up to temperature and the full fuel load putting extra weight on the front."

While the retirement was clearly a disappointed Laverty was pleased with the progress that his team had made over the US GP weekend and felt that a points finish was a real possibility.

"It's disappointing not to get very far in the race after making a good start and being with the top CRT guys. It's frustrating because we could have scored some points with the amount of people that went out so that's disappointing.

"We improved the bike all weekend and the morning warm-up was probably as good as the bike felt and I was doing mid 1m24s with full tanks. It's disappointing not to see where we could have ended up."