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MotoGP Jerez: Laverty: after three laps we have a problem

Eugene Laverty foresees a difficult race on Sunday as he continues his search for a rear grip solution
Eugene Laverty was happy to learn more about his 'Open' class Honda machine at Jerez on Saturday after qualifying 17th but he recognises a long race lies ahead.

In his fourth ever MotoGP race, Laverty qualified 17th, a place ahead of team-mate Nicky Hayden and one behind 'Factory' Repsol runner Hiroshi Aoyama.

Although feeling positive about the Saturday afternoon session, Laverty remains concerned with the lack of rear grip in the hotter temperatures, believing his tyre will go off as soon as the third lap.

“If conditions are cooler for a few laps it doesn't come at all,” he said. “When conditions are hot, even on a new tyre, it affects me. It affects me for those first three laps and then afterwards it's a problem. The main thing for me is the race. 27 laps and probably 24 of those are difficult. That's not how I like to race.

"It was ok like yesterday but we're still just lacking rear grip, that's the main thing. The front was already really good and then after the crash we improved the front again. We keep improving in another area but the problems with the main grip remains. That's what's holding us back tomorrow. The Honda is a difficult bike. We've got to understand. It's a strange way the bike's sliding. I'm getting to know the bike more. We're learning more and more about it but we still can't quite put our finger on how to fix it.”

When asked whether he would run the softer option Bridgestone rear tyre in the race, Laverty admitted he thinks it may be the better option.

“Well, we're leaning towards that,” he said. “In the lefts the grip is the same but in the right we'll go for it and try and get stuck in.”

Qualifying topped an abnormal day for the Northern Irishman after he collided with a bird in FP3 and then fell soon after. It was, he explained, something he had never experienced.

“I've been close to them and dodged them but that one almost took my head off. It just came right through the screen. A bizarre practice. After the crash and then that. An action packed 45 minutes.

"It was a big enough hit I suppose but we're Irish. We're made tough. It came through the screen. I wasn't on a fast lap anyway so it was lucky enough. I saw part of it wedged in beneath the screen. So I had to grab some of that stuff out because I wanted to have another lap.

"I crashed with too much of that [makes braking motion]. It was the first time crashing with the airbag suit. It's been a long time since I hit the dust. It had to happen at some stage.”

Tagged as: Eugene Laverty , hayden , aoyama

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May 02, 2015 8:47 PM

I feel for you Eugene and your teamate or anybody running the POS RS version of HRC, even the factory bike is having traction problems in this track ,in the mean time you are running an inferior hybrid bike ,with an inferior electronic software package, reduced power, older transmission, no backing from HRC electronic technicians and your real competition really is the slower Aprillias cause all the Ducati and Yamaha third tear customers are faster, i think is commendable what you are achieving with such outrageous odds against you.


May 02, 2015 8:09 PM
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I dont understand what happen here for Laverty speack about the soft tyre... he told this on the old post One side of the tyre is the same as the Factory bikes, unfortunately it looks like Ducati's success has cost us because it's clear who they're trying to limit at the moment. We used to get a full soft tyre but now we're getting half a soft tyre. "It's clear that the advantage has been reduced and it's tougher to do what Aleix [Espargaro] did last year when he could pop up with a really fast time on that tyre. For me it's clear that the soft tyre advantage isn't as big as it was in the past, we've lost one side of the tyre to the factory bikes, and if I look at it from an outsider's perspective I'd view it that that's the reason." Anyway Go Laverty hope you can have a good one at Jerez GO Laverty

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