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Valencia MotoGP Test: Laverty 'Test ticked plenty of boxes'

"It was only on my last exit that I tried the bike with less fuel and I saw how much more laptime that I could have achieved by braking a lot later with less fuel" - Eugene Laverty.
Eugene Laverty left the first test of his MotoGP career feeling content rather than happy with his performance.

The Irishman felt that there was more laptime available had he completed more than one run with low fuel at Valencia, but having finished 2.5s slower than Marc Marquez admitted that most of the boxes had been ticked.

"I'm content, you always want more and I would have liked some more dry time," said Laverty, who was 20th out of the 22 riders, between fellow rookies Loris Baz and Jack Miller. "With what we had it was fairly positive, most of the time I was riding with a full tank of fuel and it was only on my last exit that I tried the bike with less fuel and I saw how much more laptime that I could have achieved by braking a lot later with less fuel."

Laverty is adapting to MotoGP after four years riding in World Superbike. While there are plenty of differences between the production-based machine and a MotoGP prototype, the biggest stumbling block for Laverty was adjusting the electronics to suit his riding style.

"It's mainly on corner entry that I feel that we need something to help me to stop the bike a bit more," he said. "The exit has been improving and with my feeling I've been able to spin the rear on the exits and I've had better control with my right wrist on corner exit but on corner entry there's a bit more to come in engine braking and stability on the front.

"It was a surprise for me to see on the data because I expected it to be the opposite, but compared to the other riders data I brake stronger upright and on lean so coming from the Pirelli tyre where I couldn't do that I expected to be weak but right now I'm asking more of the tyre than what it's capable of. I have to work on some things and obviously there's some laptime to gain there. I'll get on the new bike at Sepang 1 and that gives me a bit of time to think it all over."

When asked about his overall feelings about the test and his first experiences as a MotoGP rider Laverty listed off his positives from the week and commented that he's already looking forward to February's first test at Sepang:

"It's good to have a team-mate like Nicky as well because I can compare the data and see where I have to learn. I think it's been positive all round because I could try the Bridgestone wet tyres this week instead of having to wait for a race weekend like some riders have had to do in the past. So that was ticked off the list and in dry conditions I've got a feeling for the bike but it's going to be a different bike in Sepang anyway."

Miller is the other rookie on the Open Honda and while the LCR rider is set for an additional test at Sepang, when asked if he had been contacted by Honda about the possibility of having extra days on the bike Laverty said:

"No, it's just something that's been setup for Jack, my test schedule has always been to try the 2014 Open bike here to get a feeling for it and then to start next year strong with the new 2015 bike."

Tagged as: Honda , Eugene Laverty

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