Denied a debut on the latest Open Honda swingarm by rain at the Catalunya test, the Aspar team have confirmed that MotoGP rookie Eugene Laverty will get to try the new part this weekend at Assen.
“The team continue to support me 100% plus Honda have stepped in to help us move forward which I'm extremely grateful for. Everything's really starting to come together now,” Laverty said.
Team-mate Nicky Hayden has used the new swingarm for the past three rounds, with LCR's Jack Miller running it since pre-season testing.
Laverty has finished in the points for the past three rounds, including a best-yet twelfth at Catalunya.
"Following three unfamiliar circuits I'm excited to return to a track that I know well," he said. "I've won races at Assen in both the World Supersport and Superbike championships so I'll be gunning for a top finish there in MotoGP. We found our way again at the previous round in Barcelona and I'm feeling full of confidence again."
Hayden, currently one place and one point above Laverty in the championship standings, is looking to get his season back on track after accidents in the last two races.
“At Mugello I had a crash that wasn't my fault and then I had another at Barcelona that was. It is a shame to have missed out on the points for two straight races so the plan is to get back on the right track at Assen," Hayden said.
“Usually the grip there is good and the track has some fast and fun corners. The test after the GP in Barcelona wasn't too productive but at least we were able to confirm a couple of things with the electronics, which should be useful at Assen because it does tend to rain there. Hopefully we can pick up a good result for the team this weekend.”
Hayden took his only non-US MotoGP win at Assen, on his way to the world title, in 2006.