6 September 2016
MotoGP: Laverty: S**t out of luck again!
Eugene Laverty laments several incidents in the restarted MotoGP race at Silverstone that cost him the chance of fulfilling potential shown in qualifying, first start.
For a weekend that promised so much, Eugene Laverty was left to reflect on what could have been as he came away from England with just four points after an incident packed MotoGP race.
On the back of his best qualifying performance in the class to date, Laverty began the race superbly, exiting the first turn in fifth before expertly diving inside Cal Crutchlow and Valentino Rossi to hold a surprise second.
Then came the red flag. Brought out due to a terrifying collision between Loris Baz and Pol Espargaro, Laverty soon realised he would have to do all that hard work again.
And frustratingly for the 30-year old, a bad feeling with his Ducati GP14.2's clutch meant he was unable to get off the line as well second time round.
“S**t out of luck yet again,” smiled Laverty on Sunday evening, whose twelfth place keeps him eleventh in the world championship standings, eleven points back of Hector Barbera.
“The first start was great. I got a few good overtakes and moved into second position and the bloody red flag comes out. But that's how it goes!
“It was like going back to how it should be on the first lap. I didn't have guys everywhere. When you're downfield, where I have been of late, it's manic. Because I made a good start I was up into fifth.
“That's why on the first start I was able to pick my point, and pass Pedrosa, pass Cal, pass Rossi, whereas in the second one I was buried in the pack. There were guys hitting me left, right, and going crazy. I enjoyed racing at the front again. That's where I prefer, although it only lasted half a lap!
“The second start, after one start, the clutch had cooked a little bit and didn't feel the same. The bike jumped then and I tried to get some positions back but then Iannone hit me. I got hooked in with Lorenzo and lost a few positions. It wasn't good.
“Ultimately that one with Bradl was huge. He hit the back of me and bust some things in the back of my bike. I had to reach down in and pull some things out like my rear mudguard so I could get on my way again. I could have done without that red flag.”
Post-qualifying, Laverty had said “I hate talking about potential” after an issue with his rear tyre pressure denied him a shot at securing a stunning home pole position.
While unable to show his full potential over the weekend, Laverty took some consolation from those moments when he was ably challenging the best in the class.
“When I talked to you guys yesterday [Saturday] I was still pissed off. After I realised it is what it is. Sixth position is pretty good. I had to get over that one. To have that one again today, where I made such an exceptional first half of the lap to overtake guys of that calibre to move into second...
“That's probably the first red flag of the year. It was pretty unlucky. Even to qualify as good as that and then not take advantage of that in the re-started race was disappointing.
“It's four points. That's what it comes down to. it was nice to show a glimpse of something special. It was good to show I had a shot at pole position. Then I was up to second in a MotoGP race.
“It was a weekend where I showed a few glimpses of even more potential. Two days in a row. That was nice. It would have been good if it all pieced together. That's racing though. You can't expect things to all fall into place for you.”
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