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Qatar MotoGP: Penalty for 'eager' Laverty, uses all 24 litres

"I actually ran out of fuel on the in-lap, so I used all 24 litres" - Michael Laverty.
A jump-start penalty ended Michael Laverty's hopes of scoring points in the season-opening Qatar MotoGP.

"The jump start was so frustrating and I can't believe that I jumped it. I hadn't done many practice starts all weekend, I did one after qualifying, and the clutch just bit and I knew straight away that I'd jumped the start,” said the PBM rider.

"It's one of those things, I've always been a good starter and my reactions are usually pretty good but maybe for the first race of the year I just a bit too eager! That's the way it goes though and I can't be too annoyed about it, I had a better race than I expected after a tough weekend."

After serving a ride-through, Laverty returned in last place before passing Avintia's Mike di Meglio to claim 16th position.

“It's frustrating because I had the pace to finish 14th today, at the end of the race I was doing consistent 1m 58s when Petrucci [14th] was in the '59s, but it seems that it's always the way when there's points possible that something stupid happens,” said Laverty, who suffered numerous issues throughout the weekend, including missing the whole of Thursday night practice.

“The positive is that the bike felt good after a difficult weekend - we made some changes to fix the braking problems."

Another issue for Laverty was fuel related, with the Aprilia-powered PBM running out of fuel on the slow down lap when he was riding back to the pits. The ART engine, racing in the Open class, has all 24 litres of fuel available so it was surprising to see it suffer from a shortage.

"We had so much wheelspin. I actually ran out of fuel on the in-lap, so I used all 24 litres. I was spinning up the rear through whole race to use up that amount of fuel, when you spin you're just opening gas and burning fuel, so that's something that we need to address.

“I'm happy with today though because I was expecting this to be the toughest race of the year and we actually had pretty good race pace, but the jump start cost me points."

Laverty's new team-mate Broc Parkes claimed the final point.

Tagged as: Eugene Laverty , PBM

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March 24, 2014 10:12 PM

lolz. naughty naughty. go back to BSB Michael, there is nothing to be gained in MotoGP unless you have dirt on uncle Carmelo. Why Paul Bird thinks he should field an effort in this class is beyond bizarre, I can't believe he is that stupid, unless hes getting a lot of kickbacks, political or otherwise. I have to shake my head at half of the CRT dudes, what's the point? Even when the bikes go open, it's not like they will have the budgets for R&D or the ability to turn out the amount of material muscle as a factory to iron out the issues. not even going to mention the tires. I really have to wonder what PB is thinking, this whole class is an ego trip for Spanish Interests, BSB at least allows you to retain some form of dignity, even if it's not exactly straight up either.


March 25, 2014 1:44 PM

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