WSBK » Laverty visits Yamaha team HQ

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November 04, 2010 4:55 PM

I agree that Laverty will be strong on the R1 next year. I'm hoping for race wins from him.

However, the real key to success for him is Yamaha ironing out the handling woes the R1 had this year, particularly with regard to tire wear. They're going into testing with a revised frame geometry and new forks, and Crutchlow has been going through extensive debriefs with the engineers in Japan so that they can try and nail the problem. If they can do that then Eugene will have a championship-capable machine beneath him. I'm looking forward to seeing what he can do.

Dave - Unregistered

November 04, 2010 5:15 PM

Melandri hasn't a hope against norge and laverty's only on a bare fraction of marco's salary (beats me really)!!! He's also a smoother and can ride the same pace as crutchlow, he's a star already and Moto 2 2012....

tardozzi - Unregistered

November 04, 2010 6:47 PM

ahh laverty ? cant wait to see how he shapes up in the races next year,but its his first year on a thousand ,so i reckon it wll take him a while before hes well up to speed,some things we know about laverty already,hes a real talent,hes good with setting up bikes,hes a racer that would stick up the inside of anyone,but he can use the head as well,and with his first test over, we can assume he wont be running around in last place,wonder what all that will add up to,lol i reckon j rea just got 2 or 3 tenths a lap quicker before the season even starts lol,melandri will need to be on his game,or he will get shown up


November 05, 2010 12:06 AM

Unless Yamaha improve the bike, I think Yamaha will be bottom of the constructors next year behind the improving BMW & the new Kawasaki. Everyone has struggled with the R1 since '09 except Camier in BSB & Spies in SBK. On the face of it, it looks like Laverty has taken Crutchlow's seat (WSS graduate) and Crutchlow was the better rider in that pairing as proved in '09. Cal also went into SBK with more 1000cc experience so on paper, Laverty shouldn't do as well as Crutchlow did this year. I suspect it'll be a similar story for Melandri as it was for Toseland on the other seat in that garage.

Leaving Yamaha seems to have done Sykes the world of good, could even be "top brit" in 2011, hope leaving Yamaha was the best thing for Toseland too.

Having said that, I think the methodical approach of Laverty means he'll be top Yamaha, unless of course Melandri learns to smile again and enjoy his racing.

Daveyboy is pregnant - Unregistered

November 05, 2010 6:22 AM

u ignorant SOB...dont get nailed by others...everyoe knw tht The R1s are one of the best race winning bikes there...its jus hard luck for sykes & toseland unable to tame the beast for the whole season...pilot to be blamed not the bike....

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