Eugene Laverty scored his first MotoGP points in Le Mans but still wasn't completely satisfied, believing he could have fought with Loris Baz for twelfth place.

Northern Irishman Laverty endured a nightmarish first day in France but made significant set-up progress ahead of Saturday which in turn aided his race performance as he rode to 14th.

However, had it not been for a moment in the crowded first chicane on the first lap of Sunday's race Laverty feels his race could have been better.

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"It's a monkey of my back," he said on Sunday evening. "I've been so close to getting points. I've had really strong weekends where I've not scored points. This has been my toughest weekend and I've come away with some points and that's a positive.

"Unfortunately the first lap cost me. I made a good start but in the first chicane I was in a good position - around 17th, 18th - and then some riders like Barbera lifted. It pushed me wide and it lost me everything, I lost seven or eight positions. I was last and 25th. That cost me to fight with Baz in 12th position. Anyway the most important thing is the points."

After initially battling with Hector Barbera, Laverty was forced to focus on Alvaro Bautista in the closing laps as his sprocket began to play up.

"It was a nice consistent pace. At the end we had a slight problem with the sprocket where the bike was jumping a little bit. I had to be careful towards the end to finish the race. Bautista went backwards and then when I had that problem he started coming towards me again. Fortunately I was able to finish.

"The bike was really good in the race, how I expected. Only in the first ten laps the front was closing sometimes. I saw so many riders crashing I knew it wasn't just me. With a full fuel tank when I was braking the front would suddenly close.

"I almost crashed a few times at the start. I think there was a lot of Hondas like Redding, Crutchlow... it looked like with a full tank we struggled a bit but at the end of the race the tyre was much better. The front, I was able to push it, with less fuel."

The result sees Laverty move ahead of Stefan Bradl in the championship standings after five rounds.


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JasonLewis: Again we're taking about Laverty. Nice job, but his teammate was better.....again. [\blockquote]

That's right Jason. Can you see the title of the story - it reads Laverty. No mention of Hayden as the story is about Eugene.
You happened to mention this same thing a few days ago and got a response. It is a UK based web site, so naturally there is not going to be a lot of news about Nicky. That's just the way it is.

Get over it and if you don't like the story about Eugene - don't bother reading it. Nicky is still a rider with the ability to cause an upset but I just don't think the bike has the capabilities this year.

Now please move on.