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MotoGP Germany: Laverty ready to strike at Open goal

“I feel that my goal of an Open class race win is now within reach” – Eugene Laverty.
Boosted by a recent swingarm upgrade, Aspar MotoGP rookie Eugene Laverty feels his goal of winning the Open class is now firmly within reach.

Laverty's triple run of point-scoring finishes came to an abrupt end with an accident at Assen and he'd like nothing better than to go into the summer break on the back of a strong result.

“Sachsenring is the final round before the summer break and so a good result is important before the time off. There's nothing worse than suffering a bad race and having to wait a month to put things right!” Laverty said.

“It's another circuit that I've ridden long ago in 250GP but never on a 1000cc bike so I'll treat it as if it's a new circuit.

“I crashed last time out in Assen while battling for Open class honours. I feel that my goal of an Open class race win is now within reach and there'd be no better way to go into the summer break.

“Good turning is key around Sachsenring with its many long corners so we'll be focussing on a good chassis balance.”

Laverty has taken a best finish of twelfth so far this season.

Team-mate and former world champion Nicky Hayden has claimed top Open honours once in 2015, but scored points on just one further occasion, suffering early incidents in the last two rounds.

The American enjoys the quirky Sachsenring layout and, like Laverty, is determined to 'go into the holidays happy'.

“Some riders don't like Sachsenring because the first section is so tight but I enjoy it,” he said. “I like fast left-handers and I am sure I can enjoy myself there. It is important to have lots of grip, especially on the edge of the tyre, and it is crucial to manage the tyre wear.

“The first half of the track is tight and twisty but the second half is faster and it has a great downhill corner. Getting the braking zone at the bottom of the hill right is very important to the lap time and obviously in the race too.

“The objective in Germany is to get the best possible result to go into the holidays happy. We have to work hard to improve our qualifying performance because our pace is good but if we can't get a good grid position then we make it hard for ourselves.”

Tagged as: Honda , Eugene Laverty , hayden

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