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WSBK Aragon 2013: Laverty rues disastrous double DNF
14 April 2013
Eugene Laverty has vowed to move on from a desperately disappointing race day at Motorland Aragon as his hopes of challenging for victory were scuppered by mechanical woes in race one and rider error in race two.
A favourite for victory having shown strong pace in practice and qualifying, Laverty signalled his intentions early in race one by pushing into the lead from second on the grid. However, his joy was shortlived when a problem with the exhaust valve motor forced him to pit after just four laps.
Desperate to make amends in race two, Laverty lasted just two corners when a cold rear tyre – the consequence of a delayed start that necessitated an extra warm-up – flung him into a high-side and out of the race.
Coming away from the Spanish event with no points to show for, the Aprilia Racing rider was naturally frustrated but at least encouraged to have shown front-running pace from the start of the weekend.
“Race one was truly disappointing. I was in the lead and had a good pace, but I had already noticed that something wasn't working properly on the bike. I had to stop in the pits which cost me 6 laps, but I knew I could make a comeback in race two.
“Instead, the double starting procedure created some problems for me because the tyres cooled off a bit. In fact I lost the rear first and then the front which caused me to crash.
“It definitely wasn't the perfect Sunday, but there is still plenty of championship left and I'm encouraged by the fact that I had all the prerequisites, hard luck permitting, to aim for a good result here too.”
Despite the double DNF, Laverty is third in the overall standings, 40 points adrift of series-leading team-mate Sylvain Guintoli.