Michael Laverty left Le Mans pleased with another consistent race aboard the PBM, but a fourth 16th place finish of the season also meant the Ulsterman was ruing another missed opportunity to score his first points of the year.

Speaking after the race Laverty commented that being the top 'CRT' rider was a good result for him but that closing the gap to the Open Hondas remains the target for the team:

"I've got to be happy with being the top CRT bike and getting close to the maximum from the bike. Obviously Barbera crashed but I think that I had the pace to beat Hector today so I'll take that as the top CRT finisher and try and be closer to the Honda's at Mugello."

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Having started from 21st it could have been expected that Laverty would have to fight throughout the race with the other ex-CRT bikes of Avintia Racing. However a fast start and consistent pace led to the 32 year old being stuck between battles on track, with an early mistake at the chicane putting paid to any chance of catching the riders in front.

"I'm happy enough with the race but it was another lonely one for me. I've got to try and bridge that gap to the customer Honda's because I don't want to go backwards and race the guys that I've been beating so I'm kind of at the midway point between those groups.

"I got a good start today and was ahead of Edwards and Aoyama and I tried to hang with them but I went wide at the chicane and Abraham and di Meglio got past me. That one mistake kind of ruined my chances to grit my teeth and hang on to the customer Honda guys. But after that I got past di Meglio but I just couldn't get back to Abraham."

Just as Scott Redding claimed after following Cal Crutchlow, Laverty felt that Aoyama was able to gain time by running on through the chicane.

"He opened a bit of a gap but he ran on through the chicane three times, and he seemed to gain time, but at the end he had the pace to beat me so there's no drama. But at that point I was thinking that he made three mistakes and really should have penalised himself but so be it."