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MotoGP France: Laverty targeting top ‘independent’

“We were so close at Jerez, just 1.5 seconds off, so this time we want to make sure we arrive first” - Eugene Laverty.
Having missed out on top non-factory honours by just 1.5s to Pol Espargaro at Jerez, Eugene Laverty has his sights firmly set on being the best 'independent' this weekend at Le Mans.

The Aspar Ducati rider ranked his ninth place at Jerez, where he was around one-second a lap from race winner Valentino Rossi's pace, as a greater sense of achievement than the career-best fourth in the shortened Argentina (bike swap) race.

“I was very satisfied with the last race at Jerez. My aim was to maintain this strong top ten form and we did exactly that with ninth position,” Laverty said.

“We arrive at Le Mans with good confidence and good momentum, my aim is to make another top ten finish and keep fighting to be the top independent team.

“We were so close at Jerez, just 1.5 seconds off, so this time we want to make sure we arrive first. I think the Le Mans circuit should actually suit our bike a lot, so I am looking forward to it.”

Laverty is ninth in the world championship and just three points behind Avintia's Hector Barbera, also riding GP14.2 machinery. The only other non-factory rider ahead of them in the standings is Tech 3 Yamaha's Espargaro, in fifth.

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May 04, 2016 6:50 AM

When are these satellite guys going to get some upgrades? SPECIFICALLY the guys rocking it on the GP14.2s. Laverty is showing great promise, as is Baz, prving the ex-WSBK guys really can cut it. Barbera has been impeccable and Hernandez has really surprised me. I would love to see what these guys could do on GP15/16s.


May 03, 2016 7:49 PM

It is A long season and Eugene knows as well as anybody that lady luck will play some part. To continue to maximise his and the present spec of his bike he is on will be a big task.Thousands are rooting for you so go for it this weekend.

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