Eugene Laverty expects victory in the latest round of the World Supersport Championship at Brno to be decided on who can look after their tyres best.
Laverty starts the tenth round of the season from second position on the grid, although he is aware that he has been outclassed all weekend by title rival Cal Crutchlow, who secured pole by almost a second.
Nonetheless, Laverty has confidence in his and the Parkalgar Honda's ability over a long race distance, speculating that the winner will come down to who can maintain an even pace to the chequered flag.
“That was pretty good,” he said “I'm in second place so I'm pleased. The bike has improved a lot and we have found something that I can now push with. The track is really smooth and we've got the front working and moving as before it was digging in.
“Brno is a really flowing track and it is enjoyable to ride. It is hard on rear tyres and everyone is sliding after a few laps. I think at the end of the race whoever has looked after their tyres will be in with a shout.”
Laverty's team-mate Miguel Praia, meanwhile, had good reason to be pleased too after qualifying in 12th position – his best ever starting position at World Supersport level.
“All weekend we have been challenging for the top 10 so this result is very good. Third row is perfect for us, I'm happy as this is my best ever qualifying. It will be a long race tomorrow and we still want to try a different set-up during morning warm-up. My Parkalgar Honda is strong here and the track suits me.”