Eugene Laverty is eager to get his hands on the new Open Honda swingarm, as used by Aspar team-mate Nicky Hayden at Le Mans.

Rookie Laverty scored his first MotoGP points with 14th at the French round, but described it as a 'very difficult weekend' as the gap to Hayden grew.

"Le Mans was a very difficult weekend and so I'm keen to make amends in Mugello," Laverty said. "My team-mate made a big step forward last time out having received a new swingarm and I hope to do the same once I receive the update.

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"I scored my debut MotoGP points last time out and my aim is to continue this forward momentum and try to fight for an Open class victory soon."

Although LCR's Jack Miller is believed to have had the new swingarm since the Sepang tests, and that Hayden also now has two of them, it is not yet certain that Laverty will get the upgrade for this weekend at Mugello...

Although Mugello is not part of the WSBK calendar, Laverty has some prior experience of the impressive Italian circuit.

"Mugello is a real rider's circuit and it's impossible not to enjoy riding there. I tested a Superbike briefly at Mugello in 2012 and so I have a little experience of riding the circuit on a 1000cc machine."

UPDATE: No new swingarm this weekend...

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Hey CRASH,

It's a pity Jasonlewis left this site after giving you (and me) a real paying out. Just for you Jason - Nicky Hayden is mentioned in this article, but hang on, you're not viewing this site anymore. Oh well