Eugene Laverty was disappointed to miss out on victory in the latest round of the World Supersport Championship at Monza, claiming Fabien Foret prevented either from challenging Cal Crutchlow.
Laverty tussled for the lead of the race with Crutchlow and Foret at the midway stage, but lost touch with the Briton when he became embroiled in an exchange with Foret.
Claiming Foret's eagerness to 'win the race on every lap' prevented him from maintaining pace with Crutchlow, Laverty would go on to make an error on the penultimate lap that would eventually leave him fourth behind Joan Lascorz and Foret.
“I wasn't happy at the end of the race because on the last lap I thought I could have caught and passed the pair in front of me,” he said. “I did all the hard work and then on the last corner was sucked in and ran wide. I simply didn't have the confidence in my front tyre to brake harder and take the inside line – it had folded a couple of times on me in the race.
“With hindsight I may have used a different front tyre – the same as the riders around me – but that is down to experience at this circuit. It was nice to go faster in the race than qualifying and that was helped by some changes to my chassis overnight. Foret allowed Cal to get away by trying to win the race on every lap.
“Still, I am 18-points behind Cal in the Championship and it is not even half-way yet so there is a lot more to come and the team is really stepping up its game.”
Team manager Simon Buckmaster was also disappointed in former champion Foret for holding Laverty up.
“It is a surprise to see an ex-World Champion and experienced rider such as Foret riding so erratically. It hurt Cal at Assen and hurt us here; it certainly cost Eugene the chance to go with Cal during the race.
“Eugene is still second in the Championship and there's a long way to go. Parkalgar Honda has a good bike package but we will be working hard to improve it when we return from the two flyaway races, we have some ideas to gain performance.”