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MotoGP Aragon: Laverty talks Le Mans podium, 2015 latest

“It was so good to stand on the podium again for the first time since 2012 in British Superbikes” – Michael Laverty.
PBM MotoGP rider Michael Laverty's future is still uncertain with opportunities in WSBK and BSB providing him a chance to once again battle at the sharp end of the field in either championship.

At the moment it appears that his main options are to return to British Superbikes given that it appears the leading rides in World Superbike are set to be filled:

"I'm hoping that I can get something confirmed by the fly away races. I've a few BSB options and Paul [Bird] is keen to keep me. We'll see what happens for next year and the way that I'm approaching it that I want to get on something in BSB or WSBK that's a winning package and I know that I can get that with PBM in the British championship. I'd like to get it signed off before the fly away races so that I can enjoy the last four races of the season."

Having whetted his appetite in the World Endurance Championship this season, Laverty also admitted that he had some interest in returning to the series next year alongside a full season campaign in Superbikes:

"I think that it will depend on my contracts with whatever team I ride for next year. I'd like to do more endurance races if the manufacturer that I'm with has a team. I know that Yamaha Austria would have me back straight away but it'll depend on what I'm riding next year. It's something that I'd like to do but I'm not sure where I'll end up and if I'll be able to do endurance as well."

Laverty also discussed his experiences of finishing third at the recent Le Mans 24 Hours last weekend and how it had provided him with an opportunity to "tick boxes" in the blue ribbon race of the championship:

"It was nice and I really enjoyed Le Mans. It's a tough race but it's one of those 'bucket list' things that you want to do a 24 Hours race and being successful in it was really good. I think that to do 24 Hours of racing in mixed conditions like that and to finish fourth would have been gutting but to end up on the podium was nice.

"We were probably consistently the fastest in the dry but in the wet we were losing a lot of time so I had to work really hard to get back on the podium after a few hours of a wet track. We had a crash and a ride-through but 24 Hours endurance races are about avoiding mistakes and being consistent. Overall though we were happy and fast and it was a tough weekend but it's a great event and it was so good to stand on the podium again for the first time since 2012 in British Superbikes.

"To get some success was good and personally I felt that I had done a good job and it wasn't as tough as I expected. To do nine runs and be pushing all the time with your heart rate at 180 I really thought that after I'd 24 hours I'd be tired but once I got onto the bike for each stint I didn't feel fatigued even though I was tired when I was off the bike. Overall it was a lot of boxes ticked by having to rise the full race, avoid mistakes in the bad weather but afterwards I got a lot of respect from the other endurance riders so I was really chuffed with it."

Laverty was speaking after a difficult qualifying for the Aragon MotoGP.

"This has been probably my toughest weekend ever on this bike, I came out in FP1 and FP2 with zero grip on the rear tyre," said Laverty." I've never had that problem where as soon as you crack the throttle open you're spinning and can't find any forward momentum. We got it to improve today and in qualifying we got down a decent time. It's strange to have one issue like this happening and costing us so much laptime."

Qualifying also provided a bitter sweet moment for Laverty. With Hector Barbera now riding the Open spec Ducati it has gone some way to proving the performance of the PBM team.

Throughout the summer Laverty has consistently been able to outpace Barbera and with the Spaniard making it through to Q2, and lining up 12th on the grid, Laverty admits that it does reflect well on his performances relative to Barbera in recent races:

"It's nice to see him getting into Q2 but it's frustrating as well because when you see someone that you've been beating for the last three rounds suddenly go from being behind you to getting into Q2 once they get a new bike. It shows that the machinery is the limiting factor.

“It's similar with Petrucci because he's getting more manufacturer support [from Aprilia] and this morning he was two seconds faster than us, and I haven't been 2s slower than him all year and am usually faster than him, so you look at him and Barbera getting the manufacturer support to push for the top 22 and it leaves me, Broc and di Meglio at the back. It's a bit tough to take but we'll keep plugging away."

Tagged as: Eugene Laverty , PBM

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