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WSBK Portimao: Laverty bounces back after ‘midday curse’
9 June 2013
Eugene Laverty is refusing the dwell on the frustration of missing out on a potential double win at Portimao, insisting his dominant performance in race two gives him renewed confidence going forward.
Having missed out on a maiden pole position by the slenderest of margins in qualifying, the Irishman was tipped as the favourite for the opening race, a status he looked set to fulfil as he pulled into the lead on lap seven.
However, his race would come to an abrupt halt on lap twelve when he suffered mechanical issues that forced him into a third costly DNF of the season.
Despite this, Laverty would bounce back convincingly in race two, leading from start-to-finish to notch up his fourth win of the season – more than any other rider this year.
“The midday curse we'll call it,” he said, referring to his race one retirement. “Losing points in the first race was tough to take on board but I knew I had to put get some points in that second one. It made me nervous because when you go into the second race some many points down you know you can't afford to lose any more. I knew we had to make that one count.”
“I had the right pace to take a double win. In any case I'm not one to complain. The important thing is to always start off with sights set high and to strike back when hard luck strikes.
“I was really trying hard for this win and I'm pleased to have been able to do it dominating from the first to last lap. I'm in the running for the Championship even with a few too many races with no points, but we are growing race by race and I'm confident about the upcoming rounds.”
Laverty retains third position in the overall standings, but is now 39 points behind Aprilia team-mate Sylvain Guintoli in the overall standings.