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MotoGP Netherlands: Laverty salvages strong top ten after dramatic day

A crash on the sighting lap and problem with the front brake contributed to a complicated day for Eugene Laverty, who still salvaged a strong top ten finish.
At the close of a dramatic, chaotic afternoon Eugene Laverty was only too content to salvage a seventh place finish in the wet conditions at Assen and thus extend his point-scoring run to eight consecutive MotoGP races.

While Laverty's second best result in the premier class was a confirmation of the potential he felt his Ducati GP14.2 had in the wet, his Sunday was anything but straightforward.

The Northern Irishman was a casualty of the treacherous conditions on the sighting lap, falling at turn five, as the tyres offered next to no feel. Further complications followed as, when collecting his second bike, Laverty noticed an issue with the front brake.

“The race was three parts for me,” he explained after his third top ten finish in eight races. “The first was on the sighting lap when I crashed there. You had to be so careful because I didn't want to be the idiot that crashed at the start…and I did!

“I went so slowly, like really slowly. It was just like the tyre was ice. I fell down and then had to run down for the other bike.

“At that point I thought it could be OK because if I started from pit lane I could have started from the back of the grid. It was only a little bit behind, but when I arrived at the pit lane exit I felt there was a problem with the front brake.

“The front brake was stuck a little bit, so that destroyed the first part of my race. That's why I was back so far.”

Running in a distant 18th, the Aspar Ducati man was handed a reprieve as rain intensified, forcing a stoppage and the re-running of the race over twelve laps.

From the second start Laverty pounced, picking off eight riders on the first lap, before encountering issues with a 'closing' front tyre. In the meantime, several top names fell my the wayside.

By lap ten, he dropped his lap time by close to a second and a half – making him the fifth fastest rider of the race. At the flag he was seventh and running a substantially quicker pace than those just ahead.

Everything considered, the 30-year old was content to 'capitalise on all these opportunities' for a result that keeps him inside the top ten of the championship standings.

“The final part of the race was good because I made a really good start. I gained a lot of positions. From laps two until six I kept losing the front tyre and closing the front so I almost crashed so many times. Other riders were crashing around me so I had to be careful.

“Then in the last five laps the front tyre became a lot better again so I started to go really fast. There weren't enough laps remaining to get the guys in front. Anyway, seventh position after so much drama was a good result.

“We have to capitalise on all these opportunities and today we did so I'm content with that because after my mistake on the sighting lap it could have been zero. To get nine points is a good job.”

Laverty sits tenth overall in the championship, one point behind Ecstar Suzuki's Aleix Espargaro.



Tagged as: Eugene Laverty , Espargaro

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Smack86

July 02, 2016 12:13 AM

Compare EL's performance and comments to CC's. EL exceeds expectations and is humble. CC crashes out (yet again) and is all bluster about how he coulda, shoulda, woulda. I know who'd I want as a rider if I was a team manager.

provini

July 01, 2016 4:39 PM

Another good result from the thinking man's rider and not far from a top 8 in the standings.With all of the seats filled for next years top 12 will any team manager make room for Eugene even if he continues to maintain his place in the standings?



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