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MotoGP Misano: Laverty 'Most difficult race of the year'

"This was probably the worst race of my year, feeling wise" - Michael Laverty.
A clearly frustrated Michael Laverty labelled his 17th place finish at Misano the most difficult race of his season.

The PBM rider suffered with a lack of braking stability throughout the race and after burning out his rear brake in the early stages of the race he faced an uphill challenge to race with Leon Camier.

Having qualified in 18th and close to the pace of the Open Hondas, Laverty had hoped for a strong race but from the early laps he was losing touch with the riders in front of him:

"I didn't have as good a pace as I expected today," said Laverty. "I felt that couldn't pull the bike up and I was overloading the front tyre. I made some inroads into Leon but then ran off the track and lost a second and a half on one lap so that put me back to two seconds off him.

"I just tried to keep a consistent pace and hoped that he'd make a mistake but he never did. It was just a steady race to 17th place and it was definitely a slower pace than I'd expected after qualifying."

When asked what was the biggest challenge today and why the bike was different compared to yesterday Laverty commented:

"I was just struggling to stop the bike and then I lost the rear brake after it overheated so once I lost that I really struggled to stop the bike because I couldn't take the load off the front tyre anymore.

"It made for a difficult race and this was probably the worst race of my year, feeling wise, but it ended up with a similar enough result. Under normal circumstances I think that I could have been able to catch and pass Leon but I just wasn't able to ride the bike like I normally can.

"The track temperature played a role today but not having a lot of dry weather track time cost us as well. We made a change for the morning warm-up and made the front a little bit softer and that hindered us a bit.

"It made sense but after losing Friday it meant that we had to take a bit of a risk but it didn't drastically affect our result and I might have been one place higher but it would have been a more fun race to ride. It's difficult when you're fighting against the bike and not able to just throw it into the corners and it takes the fun out of it really."

Tagged as: Eugene Laverty , PBM

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