Eugene Laverty - Q&A

I enjoy both, I can win the race from either situation. It's winning that I enjoy. You've got an idea in your head before the race what the problems might be but you only confirm your plans during the race once it takes shape so you can't plan to lead or scrap. You've always got to be thinking, there's no point in sitting comfortably at the front when there's a guy sitting easy behind you. It all depends on the situation.
As brothers you seem to make an effort to attend each other's races.

Eugene Laverty:
It's great to be there or have them there because there are certain things you can see trackside that you won't see on TV. You can see every fine detail and you can then help.

When I go, I go first and foremost to support my brother, if I notice something that I can help with while I'm there though, I feel the urge to go out and look so that I can give my input. If my brother says he's being slow in one corner, I can go out and actually see it, Michael can't because he has to ride.

I'm always more nervous at my brother's races than at my own. When I'm racing myself I'm fortunate in that I don't really get any nerves at all. I put my helmet on, my earplugs in, visor down and I'm 100% under control, it doesn't seem as fast, it doesn't seem as live. When you're sat in the pit lane and your brother's about to take off and battle with 20 other riders I get much more nervous.
So you're not a nervous rider?

Eugene Laverty:
There are always certain times when the nervous adrenalin is there but compared to a lot of riders who suffer from nerves and pressure, I'm fortunate not to.

On the first lap I know that many riders fire themselves up to get the adrenaline going to go into the first lap whereas I can go out relaxed into the first corner and be fully up to speed. It's a big advantage I have because if a rider's going on adrenaline, they may get up to speed, but they may also miss a few apexes and be imprecise.

Another strength of my style is that I can adapt when I'm on the bike. I've put a lot of effort into not being too fixated on a particular riding style over the years, to be flexible and learn from other riders.

When I first got on the Parkalgar Honda I struggled like hell at the beginning and it was just before the first race of the season that I kind of cracked what style that bike needed and rode accordingly. It was so different to how I'd ridden before and I had to look at riders like Kenan Sofuoglu to understand what that bike needed. The bike certainly didn't come naturally to me.
So you feel that a rider should adapt to the bike rather than the other way round?

Eugene Laverty:
There have been plenty of egotistical riders who refuse to adapt their styles. They feel that this style has won championships before but not on that particular bike. That's not the attitude I have, I'm a little more realistic.

You've got to continually adapt and meet halfway, in the middle. The engineers will change the bike as they can and you've then got to understand the rest of what it needs.

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June 18, 2013 8:40 PM
Last Edited 452 days ago

Casey Stoner was on an Aprilia (LCR), Eugene was on a Honda (LCR) and I doubt he had the same support as Aoyama or Dani. Plus he didn't do so bad against Marco Melandri who almost might have won in 2005. Eugene needs to stay where he's at though I think, you pretty much need to be anointed to get a more competitive bike in world class racing. GP racing is for the Spanish anyways, Cal is fast, but he doesn't have the political muster behind him to get him a #1 seat at a proper contender, and he would never have the 'tires' to last the race anyways. Where hes at right now is about as good as you can get. Yamaha might be the team to beat next year though.

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