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Sepang MotoGP Test: Laverty: New Honda is another step up

MotoGP rookie Eugene Laverty impressed with new Honda engine and electronics package as Aspar rider continues premier class inauguration at Sepang
MotoGP rookie Eugene Laverty's primary objective remains to expedite his transition from World Superbikes to the premier class as the Drive M7 Aspar rider tested a new Honda engine and electronics package at Sepang.

Laverty, who has signed a two-year deal with the team, was impressed with the 2015 Open class Honda but is understandably still exploring the limits of the machine as he adapts to the premier class.

The 28-year-old Irish rider completed 47 laps and finished 22nd on the time sheets with a time of 2m 03.295s, with team-mate Nicky Hayden 17th overall after lapping in 2m 02.699s.

“This bike is completely different to the one I rode at Valencia, it's another step up,” said Laverty. “We worked hard today to improve my feeling with the front. We need to understand how best to brake and get the bike turned.

“We did some good work on my body position – I am coming from a completely different kind of bike and tyres so it is important to get the basics right before we start work.

“There are so many options with this bike and we need to explore them all. We are trying to make the transition from Superbikes to MotoGP as simple as possible,” he added.

“This bike is much smaller and the tyres allow for a lot more lean angle so I need to adapt. The new Honda is everything I thought it would be and more, it's a great bike. Now we just need to work on getting maximum performance out of it. Today was a good shakedown and I am happy with the first impressions.”

American star Hayden spent much of the first day working on the electronics package which, along with the new engine, will be his main focus throughout the test.

Hayden, whose has also fully recovered from a wrist injury, said: “We have made a pretty good start, I was able to get back on the pace quite easily. We had a lot of work to do today with the new electronics package, so we spent some time on that this morning, and then in the afternoon we also did some work finding edge grip when the tyres start to slide.

“We have made some decent progress and it was a positive day overall, even though we didn't get the lap time down in the afternoon. I haven't checked it alongside any of the other bikes but the new engine feels more powerful,” he added.

“The electronics are completely different so we will have to spend the majority of our time on that aspect during this test but we just have to sit down, make a plan and work hard. The wrist has healed up well over the winter so that's another positive.”

Tagged as: Eugene Laverty , hayden , Ajo

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