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MotoGP Le Mans: Laverty eager to build on grip breakthrough

“We did a great job in the test after the grand prix at Jerez, finding a solution to our rear grip problems” - Eugene Laverty.
MotoGP rookie Eugene Laverty is hoping that a rear grip breakthrough at the Jerez test will pave the way for a successful race at Le Mans.

The Aspar Honda rider had made mixed progress towards a solution during the Spanish Grand Prix weekend, before getting on top of the grip issue in the Monday test.

“We did a great job in the test after the grand prix at Jerez, finding a solution to our rear grip problems there,” Laverty confirmed. “That is a positive step as we look towards the next round in France. We have shown our pace over a single lap this season but we have been lacking consistency over race distance and we feel we found that at Jerez.

“I rode Le Mans during my time in 250cc but that's a long time ago now and it will seem like another new track to me. That won't be a problem though and I'll be doing as much work as I can at home to be prepared. We'll be focused from Friday on doing the best possible job and building on the positive base we found at Jerez.”

While Laverty will be looking for his first points, team-mate Nicky Hayden will be seeking his second top 15 finish. The former world champion also made progress at the recent test, finding improvements in traction and braking.

“I am looking forward to getting to Le Mans and hopefully putting into practice some of the things we found at Jerez,” he said. “The improvements we made in the test there should help us close the gap to the top. Le Mans is a tough circuit with some hard-braking zones so it will be important to find a set-up that allows us to attack those areas with confidence.

“We also need to work hard on the acceleration to get us out of those turns. The weather tends to be very changeable at Le Mans so let's hope it is kind to us this weekend. From what we have seen so far this season we will have to work hard from Friday to make sure that we are competitive enough to challenge for a good grid position on Saturday.”

Tagged as: Honda , Eugene Laverty , hayden

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