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MotoGP Silverstone: Persistent issues testing Laverty’s patience

In what promised to be his best MotoGP race, Eugene Laverty comes away from Silverstone with no points due to lack of grip in wet conditions
Eugene Laverty stressed the need to stay focused in the face of continued issues that have prevented him from scoring competitive results in his debut MotoGP season.

Fast on Friday and Saturday morning while demonstrating a pace that suggested a haul of world championship points were on the horizon at Silverstone, the Northern Irishman's qualifying was ruined by what he called 'amateur hour' 'tow trucks' in Q1.

His luck failed to change for the better a day later as a lack of wet-weather time on his 'Open' Aspar Honda meant his race rhythm was ruined by a lack of rear grip.

Seventeenth place was scant reward at the end of a weekend that promised so much more. After issues with his left shoulder affected his race in Indianapolis then a faulty rear tyre caused an early crash in Brno, Laverty admitted his recent run of back luck was testing his patience.

“It's just frustrating that when we needed to cut it in qualifying we were on course for 14th but I got traffic,” said the former World Superbike runner-up. “Then the race it rained. We can't seem to catch a break. In the important times something goes wrong and it's really testing my patience.

“I have to try and stay focused because you can have things difficult for a while but after twelve rounds now my patience is that small. I just want to get that result that the whole team deserves. This weekend we were 14th or 15th all weekend but we walk away with no points.”

Taking to the track on Sunday morning, Laverty was testing his machine in fully wet conditions for the first time. With his chassis not set-up ideally to provide adequate rear grip, Laverty said it felt as though he had dry tyres fitted in the worst conditions MotoGP riders have faced all year.

The fact he pushed the machine to the limit in braking zones throughout the 20-lap race yet still finished outside the points was hard to stomach.

“Every time in the wet I didn't have a good feeling. It had only been a few laps in the wet and then it had dried quickly. This is the first time really that we've had the bike in properly wet conditions. It wasn't pleasant.

“We really struggled this morning and then this afternoon in the race I pushed so hard. It was probably the best race I had ever ridden in the wet. I pushed the bike that hard in every corner but we were losing so much on exit. Baz and the other guys, I was gaining so much on corner entry when I was braking but on the exit the bike was so nervous.

“It was a chassis setting. I really couldn't get the rear to hook in and that was the biggest problem. I didn't realise how bad it was until I caught Baz at the end and then it was frightening. I was gaining time on him – maybe five seconds and then when I caught him I saw that he had so much more grip than me.

“I overtook him and he just copied what I was doing in the braking and had so much more grip that he rode around the outside of me. It was like I had a dry tyre in and he had a wet. So I know I pushed the bike to the limit.

“At least that's one thing but to not even be in the points after riding that hard…we have to change something. There's one point that we've been thinking about for the last few rounds with this bike in the dry conditions and the wet highlighted that again. We properly suffered it at Brno. We need to try and get it back for Misano. The wet conditions confirmed it and we struggled."

Tagged as: Honda , Eugene Laverty , Miller , barbera , hayden , baz

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September 01, 2015 3:25 PM

Never understood why Eugene took this seat. The GP allure I guess but he already knew the Open Honda wasn't a bike you'd get a chance to breakout on and Honda etc aren't looking for riders pushing 30.


September 01, 2015 5:01 PM

Crash we need to know more about whats happening with Aspar, what caind of Help Eugene gets from Hayden, is the Team worcking together to fix the problems Etc... Its time to make an interview with Team manager and Eugene about is carear in Motogp... Hayden was the Top open if aim not Wrong, 4sure Hayden is the rider that should do the results is the experient rider but i expect more from Laverty and its strange what i have been reading on is last news here..

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