Eugene Laverty joked he has 'more chance of getting a pension' than testing a new swingarm for his MotoGP 'Open' Honda machine in the imminent future.

The Northern Irishman was extremely frustrated on Friday evening after repeatedly complaining of problems with the rear of his machine pumping in recent weeks.

Unlike team-mate Nicky Hayden, who has had the benefits of two new swingarms in recent weeks, Laverty is left with the older model, claiming it is becoming 'disheartening' knowing other 'Open' Hondas have a distinct advantage.

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"In the hot conditions the rear was pumping a lot," said Laverty, now twice a point scorer in the premier class, after FP2 in Barcelona. "We're limited with what we can do there. A swingarm would definitely help. We know that. It's definitely pumping a lot and letting the rear pressure go higher. I'm restricted and it's going to happen in the race.

"It's a little disheartening knowing that. The other Open Hondas have got something for the race just from the part attaching the rear wheel to the bike whereas I've got to be careful with it. Once the pressure goes up we'll have another Argentina style race."

Asked whether the Aspar team has given him a date when he can begin to use the component, Laverty quipped, "We discussed it and we're talking about Christmas. I think Santa's going to leave it under the tree so not so long to wait.

"[There is] more chance of me getting a pension than that swingarm on Monday. Why I don't know. There's two sat next door and I'd like to try it. We're restricted by what we can do right now. The Monday test would be the perfect time to try it. It's going to be a long time again until we get an open track to try these things. What can I say... frustrating. You can only piss with the dick you've got."

This wasn't the first time Laverty voiced displeasure at the lack of latest equipment at his disposal. After finishing 15th in Mugello, he said, "At the moment we're still too rear biased which makes it tough to ride. So it's great for when I try to brake hard and charge into corners but not for the others.

"Also at the end of the race when the bike became difficult and starts to move the other thing I've been requesting - the swingarm - can help. Definitely with the other the tyre doesn't flex so much. That's why on the exit I couldn't reach full gas. Everything starts to move so I need some stability there."

Back in Montmel? it was an otherwise positive day for the Monaco resident as he finished Friday afternoon 18th fastest, just 0.2s behind Hayden. His jump in lap time of 0.7s between morning and afternoon was a cause for optimism.

"I did a couple of 1m 43.3s laps. That was a good step forward in the afternoon when it was hotter. It was definitely more positive that the Mugello and Le Mans Fridays anyway. That's for sure.

"Honestly a big part of it is the type of circuit. Coming here I knew that if I could brake into the corner, pitch the thing forward and make the thing turn it works well. In Mugello the bike wasn't suited to there.

"Right from the start the bike felt better that way and we did learn a little bit in Mugello, like what it takes to get the bike to turn in corners like the last sector here. We actually improved that in the afternoon. That's where we found something."


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