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MotoGP Australia: Laverty: We'll try for a really good result

'Phillip Island is a track I really like, it's really fluid, and we'll see how this bike works there' - Eugene Laverty.
Eugene Laverty remains focused on securing a top ten finish in the MotoGP World Championship with three rounds remaining on the 2016 calendar.

The Aspar Ducati rider failed to score any points for only the second time this year when he suffered a fall at Motegi in Japan.

Laverty endured a weekend to forget after he was fortunate to escape serious injury in the wake of a massive high-side during free practice and is now eager to make amends at Phillip Island in Australia.

The Irish rider was unable to ride to his full potential at Phillip Island during pre-season testing due to injury, but the 30-year-old – who will move back to World Superbikes in 2017 on a factory supported Milwaukee Aprilia – is optimistic he can give a good account of himself this weekend.

“Phillip Island is a track I really like, it's really fluid, and we'll see how this bike works there,” Laverty said. “I was not completely fit when I rode there during pre-season testing so I couldn't really get a good feel for the bike there but the track suits my riding style so we will try for a good result next weekend.”

Laverty is 12th in the championship standings, 13 points behind Spain's Hector Barbera in tenth, who will again ride the factory Ducati Desmosedici GP16 as he fills in for the injured Andrea Iannone for a second race in succession.

Meanwhile, Colombian Yonny Hernandez – who has been left without a ride in the Aspar team next season following confirmation that Karel Abraham will join Alvaro Bautista in the 2017 line-up – is one of few riders who doesn't rate Phillip Island amongst his favourite circuits.
“We go to Australia in the best possible way on the back of a good result in the last race in Japan. Phillip Island is not on my list of favourite circuits but I don't dislike it, it is just another round on the calendar to me. Hopefully, with all the information we have gathered at the last race we can get a good result this weekend.”

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October 19, 2016 11:21 AM

personally i hope the circuit suits more or less the bike because he is a great rider and deserve a good bike, and deserve the real chance to fight for good results inside his circunstances, is a shame that Ducati make this stupid war inside Pramac to conceed 1! just 1! shame version bike to his official satellite team, wich cause the consecuence cascade of lack of 1!just1! GP16 for the outsiders Ducati sattelite wich provoque the logical refuse to accept worse matherial than his partner, i like a lot both Laverty and Bautista, and think they are in fairly similar rider level (not style), is a shame see Laverty go and see Abraham back only for money, lets face it, K.Abraham not a bad guy, but not fast enough and only is for money... people use to argue results to compare Abraham with others, but the results is not all, you have to feel and see if a rider is good or not, not only guide by results,

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