After technical problems on his MotoGP race debut in Qatar, rookie Eugene Laverty heads to two new circuits, starting in Texas this weekend.

"We did a great job over the weekend in Qatar, I got to know the bike much better and my feeling improved as the Grand Prix progressed," said the Aspar Honda rider. "Unfortunately things didn't go as we hoped in the race. Now we go to two completely new circuits for me in Texas and Argentina, so it is going to be another two weekends of learning.

"We improved the set-up a lot in Qatar so that is encouraging for this weekend. As a team we are moving in the right direction so I am looking forward to continuing with the job. Hopefully I can adapt quickly to the two circuits and gather some more experience with the bike so that when we get back to Europe and Jerez I can really push."

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Laverty qualified 19th out of the 25 riders in Qatar, bringing his ailing bike home in 18th place in the race.


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is just hoping someone tells the "bike" that it is in Texas, so the electronics "knows" where it is!! How the hell Eugene rode that bike in Qatar is just about beyond belief....gotta love electronics!

ProfessorX: I would have thought he had learned in enough in 2012.[\blockquote]

Can you explain what you mean by that comment? First year on Aprilia, 1 win and a further 5 podiums (I think).