Michael Laverty claimed his second points finish of the season during Sunday's Australian MotoGP at Phillip Island.

The Irishman was pleased to get the most from his PBM Aprilia but admitted it was generally a very difficult weekend where he struggled to find confidence in the bike.

"It's nice to get a few points on the board, it was a race of attrition but I'll take them whatever way they come," said Laverty. "The pace that I rode today was pretty much all that we had today, I was struggling for grip all weekend but we made some improvements and I felt more comfortable and could predict the bike better.

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"I made a good start in the race and was behind de Angelis but Nicky, Abraham and a few others passed me because once they cracked the throttle they could find grip whereas we just spun the rear and the bike would start to pump when you tried to go with them.

"It's weird because the other guys could use the harder tyres and make it work but I couldn't get it up to temperature and even in the race it took until ten laps to go for it to stabilise and it was almost as if it came up to temperature then and was much better at the end."

It's been a strange season for Laverty having spent much of the campaign battling with Hector Barbera and Danilo Petrucci to claim the honours of being the leading 'CRT' rider. However with Barbera now riding an Open Ducati and Aprilia giving more support to Petrucci ahead of their return to the championship next year, Laverty has been left in a no man's land recently.

"It was a fight but we got a few points on the board, Petrucci was ten seconds up the road from me but since he's started to get more support from Aprilia he's made a big step forward from us and when you look at Hector Barbera, who we've been beating this year, finishing fifth and being the top Open class there's not much more than you can do. The other guys are moving forward from us so we'll just keep plugging away and see what we can do at Sepang and Valencia."