WSBK »

WSS: Laverty disappointed to miss Misano win

Eugene Laverty was disappointed his 'Plan B' to overtake Cal Crutchlow on the final corner of the latest World Supersport Championship race at Misano did not come to fruition.

Laverty enjoyed an entertaining dice with Crutchlow from almost start-to-finish, the Parkalgar Honda rider shrugging off a ninth place starting position to move into the lead on lap three, a position he held when the race was red flagged.

At the restart, Laverty and Crutchlow disputed the lead again as they pulled away from their rivals, with Laverty moving ahead with four laps remaining.

However, he was unable to pull away as planned, so when Crutchlow re-took the lead with two laps remaining, Laverty concocted a plan to strike back at the final bend of the race. In the end though, he admits he was 'too eager' to accelerate out of the corner, scuppering his chances.

“I am still reasonably happy with second,” he said. “In the first half of the race I sliced through from a bad start and 13th to the lead in just three laps. Then in the delay, we made a small change to my Parkalgar Honda and it worked very well. In the second half it was much easier to follow Cal Crutchlow, so much so that when sitting behind him I thought I was being held up, but when I took the lead I couldn't get away.

“He passed me again and I thought I'd go for plan B which was to get into the final corner and drive out to challenge Cal at the line. I had deliberately held back at that corner in previous laps because I was quicker than him there. Then on the last corner I got in well but got on the gas very early, I may have been too eager, and the rear wheel simply spun up.

“It was a good race and the lap times at the end were unbelievable, Cal and I are streets ahead of anyone else. I am looking forward to Donington Park next weekend; I'd like to win at home for the team.”



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Michael Laverty, San Marino WSS Race 2009
Laverty, San Marino WSS Race 2009
Laverty, San Marino WSS 2009
Laverty, San Marino WSS 2009
Laverty, San Marino WSS 2009
Laverty, San Marino WSS 2009
Laverty, San Marino WSS 2009
Crutchlow, Laverty, Roccoli, San Marino WSS Race 2009
Laverty, Jerez WSBK test. November 2016
Laverty, Jerez WSBK test. November 2016
Laverty, Jerez WSBK test. November 2016
Stefan Bradl Jerez
Eugene Laverty Aprilia Jerez Test
Team PTR Honda, WSS Race, Qatar WSBK 2016
Team PTR Honda, WSS Race, Qatar WSBK 2016
Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 [Credit: Honda]
Stefan Bradl, Honda, World Superbikes [Credit: Honda WSBK]
Nicky Hayden, Suzuka 8 Hours, MuSASHI RT HARC-PRO Honda

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.