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MotoGP Japan: Inspired Laverty keeping an ‘open’ mind

“I'll approach the weekend with an open mind and of course my aim is to once again fight for the Open class win.”
Eugene Laverty heads for the triple flyaway races inspired by his first MotoGP Open class victory last time at Aragon.

Aragon marked the fourth time that Laverty had claimed points this season and he looks increasingly likely to remain at Aspar for 2016, when the team is tipped to change from Honda to Ducati machinery.

“Motegi is the first of the three consecutive flyaway races. While many riders may be apprehensive, the thought of riding my bike three weeks in a row excites me!” Laverty said. “I'm really enjoying being part of the Aspar team and we have a great rapport in the pit box during race weekends.

“There are a lot of hard braking areas at Motegi followed by acceleration from slow speed and so the track layout doesn't necessarily favour us. However, we're on great form coming off the back of our first Open class win last time out at Aragon and confidence is one of the most important factors in keeping that momentum.

“I'll approach the weekend with an open mind and of course my aim is to once again fight for the Open class win.”

Laverty is 21st in the championship, but just four points behind team-mate Nicky Hayden and seven from the top Open Honda of fellow rookie Jack Miller.

New signing Yonny Hernandez is the only Aspar rider currently announced for 2016, although Laverty has a two-year contract. Hayden is expected to move to WSBK.

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October 08, 2015 8:24 AM

He did really well at Aragon, so hopefully he'll keep the form up. I'm sure it would be good for his race focus if Aspar could finalise it's plans for next year, such as the manufacturer. Given the sponsorship challenge they faced earlier in the year, they could well be simply taking a very hard-nosed approach to supplier negotiations...From memory, Eugene has a two year contract, but with these private teams, funding is always a risk.

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