Eugene Laverty admits he was too cautious at the beginning of the latest World Supersport round in Valencia, but was satisfied to come away with a ninth place finish.
The Irishman, who came to Spain third in the overall standings after winning in Qatar, started just 13th on the grid, but fell outside the points during the initial laps as he struggled with the slippery conditions brought on by an earlier shower.
Nonetheless, Laverty's confidence on the Parkalgar Honda grew in the drier latter stages as he worked his way back up the order, eventually crossing the line in ninth position. Dropping eleven points of the championship lead, Laverty says he was merely happy to get points on the board.
“I was worried about spinning up at the start with the damp track and didn't get away well while everyone else got normal starts. I got behind Andrew Pitt and normally he is a demon at the start of a race and I thought I would follow him through. Instead, people came past me. I sat behind Andrew for too long and was too cautious.
“On the warm-up lap I had ridden with my foot on the floor and knew the slippery corners and should have pushed by Andrew earlier. The Parkalgar Honda is working well and at the end in the dry my lap times were good.
“I am only 11-points behind the championship lead after being 14-points behind after the opening round. We are still in good shape for the Championship – scoring points on days like today that can make the difference between winning and losing title races.”
“There were very iffy conditions, Eugene didn't get a good start but once he got going he had good pace,” added Parkalgar team manager Simon Buckmaster. “Obviously he would have liked to have finished higher up the results sheet but he has scored valuable points and that is better than having pushed too hard early on and maybe being caught out by the conditions. It is a long Championship and he is still there in contention.”