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MotoGP Italy: Laverty in the points, still seeking balance

Eugene Laverty finished inside the points for the second race in succession but feels he is yet to find the optimum race balance for his 'Open' Honda machine
For the second race in succession Eugene Laverty finished in the points in a MotoGP encounter but was unhappy to finish over ten seconds behind the fastest 'Open' machine.

Laverty brought his Team Aspar Honda home in 15th after a difficult weekend that saw him suffer a familiar front-end fall on Friday.

Having battled with Hector Barbera and Alvaro Bautista early on in his first premier class race at Mugello, Laverty struggled in the closing stages as Loris Baz, the top 'Open' bike, finished 11 seconds ahead.

Still, a single point was some cause for optimism for Laverty. "My two toughest weekends of the year have brought my two point scoring finishes,” he said. “It's a strange feeling because I'm disappointed. Yet they've been my best results. It's hard to be happy when I'm ten seconds from where I need to be really. In a positive way we're starting to get some points after finishing so far from outside.

“The first two thirds of the race were consistent. In the last third the bike became really difficult. We're going in the right direction at least. If we compare to Jerez the first third of the race the bike was ok and then after that it was really difficult to ride. We're starting to get the bike balanced better. If we keep working in that way hopefully we can have a balance that's good for the entire race.”

On Saturday the Northern Irishman complained that his bike wouldn't turn easily in Mugello's succession of fast, flowing s-bends. Speaking after the race Laverty revealed that the same problems persisted.

“It's still our issue. Our bike was tough from the beginning but at least I could fight it for two thirds. In the last part of the race it was too difficult. I couldn't accelerate like the other riders. I couldn't change direction like they could.

“When the tyre starts to slide that problem becomes worse. It's something we need to work on. It's been our issue all year. Our strongest point is the braking. We need to sacrifice it a little bit and we have been doing that. We've been gaining experience.”

Laverty's result sees him remain in sixth in the 'Open' rider classification.

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June 02, 2015 6:22 PM

saw an interesting article on swingarms.. And there was a picture of Repsol works bikes, then Hayden's then Laverty's. Hayden has what looks like the previous works swing arm and Laverty has something totally different. probably 2 years or more.. Who knows! Anyway all is not equal in the world of open class.


June 01, 2015 3:10 PM

There seems no end to this bike balance issue. A point finish after a row 8 start suggests improvement but the reality ib that 7 riders all lapping quicker than the Aspar bike fell off or stopped. Had they stayed in the race Eugene's best position would have been 22nd.What sort of progress is this Sr Martinez in three months?

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