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Eugene Laverty - Q&A

Originally when I signed for Aprilia I signed to the factory and I wasn't quite sure whether I'd be riding for the factory or private team and that was a risk I took which paid off. At the time they weren't quite sure whether they'd be running a one rider factory team with just Max and it was only after my tests had been so successful that it became a two rider effort. In my first test in Portugal I went quickest right away.

Crash.net:
How does it compare now with Sylvain Guintoli as your teeam-mate?

Eugene Laverty:
With me and Sylvain it's good now because we are very similar riders, me and Max were very different. With Sylvain we're both pushing each other on and that's showing in the podiums. We're both two strong characters and don't feel threatened by each other's speed, between us there's always an Aprilia in Park Ferme.

Sylvain speaks Italian very well and I'm also learning it, it doesn't come naturally to me but I've been learning it for six or seven months now and I'm starting to make some progress.

Crash.net:
So you wanted to ride the Aprilia enough to sign an open contract with the factory?

Eugene Laverty:
I did want to be on the Aprilia of course, it's a nice little race bike. But although I was joint third in my first year when Yamaha pulled out, Marco and I were left in the dark and struggling to get a ride and there weren't many seats available and it's getting tougher and tougher now for riders to get an opportunity.

Crash.net:
Back at Donington there was a bit of fist shaking from Giugliano, what was the problem?

Eugene Laverty:
Davide was overly aggressive towards me on two occasions, in two corners. He knew I was there but let his brakes off and I didn't appreciate that. I was fighting for the championship and don't expect that, but you've got to be aware of that when you're fighting against riders like Davide. We spoke a little about it afterwards. I get on well with Davide in general, I think he's doing a good job and I would certainly prefer him on my side rather than against me.

I've never done that well at Donington and that weekend I finally understood why, so next time I go there I'll be hoping to fight for race wins

Crash.net:
Do you feel extra pressure from going for the title this year?

Eugene Laverty:
No, I feel much more relaxed now I'm winning, finishing sixth would be more likely to keep me awake wondering why. Now I'm doing what I know I'm capable of doing, I feel much more relaxed, I take a pride in it.

Crash.net:
And the future?

Eugene Laverty:
My aim is to get the WSBK championship, it's been my aim for some years now, and when that's achieved I would like to try a good MotoGP ride. The best riders in the world are there and it would be great to measure myself against them. Cal's doing a great job there and has shown it's possible.

Crash.net:
Thanks a lot Eugene, and enjoy your afternoon in sunny Monaco

Eugene Laverty:
I will!





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mrreferee

June 19, 2013 11:45 AM

Thanks Crash. Nice to see some quality journalism with your interview of Eugene and story on Chaz. Both of these guys are true riders and gentlemen. Pleasure to have met and chatted to both. Would be great if Crash did a quality story on a different rider each week (not just the British / Irish guys), and let some of our lounge chair racers know the full story behind some of these riders. might stop them being d*ckheads (as Eugene calls them) and have them understand that if a rider does tell it like it is he is not making excuses! Have a good weekend at Imola Norge - see you at S'stone.



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