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Laverty lauds bike 'breakthrough'

The Irishman overcomes a 'slow start' to take the third fastest time of the test overall.
Eugene Laverty says he can feel confident that he will be on the pace from the start of his first World Superbike season after posting some enncouraging results in testing at Portimao.

The Irishman steps up to the Superbike class in 2011 after two years in the Supersport class, Laverty already impressing onlookers with his seamless transition during post-season testing.

It was form he carried through to the first pre-season test, even if it took a 'big breakthrough' with the front of the bike between sessions one and two for him to leap from 15th to third position.

“It was a slow start on the first day but then we made a big breakthrough with the front setting and I jumped up to third which is at least where I should be,” the 2009 and 2010 WSS runner-up said. “It shows we can be strong so I'm confident we can be on the pace wherever we go. When I walk into the garage I feel at home.”

Despite wet weather hampering the team's efforts over the next two days, Laverty nonetheless appreciated getting some mileage in damp conditions.

“Despite the weather it has been really beneficial for me to get some more laps on the bike. I hadn't had any time on the R1 in the wet before this test so if race one at Phillip Island is wet now it'll be fine! I'm really happy with the bike, in the wet and the dry.

“We came here and picked up where we left off from last year's Phillip Island test really smoothly. I'm looking forward to getting back to Australia now for the two day test and then getting stuck into some racing!”


Tagged as: Yamaha , Portimao , Eugene Laverty

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Hugh Janus - Unregistered

February 04, 2011 5:50 AM

Funny how a genuine guy and potentially serious title contender can get seemingly so little interest on what is supposed to be a race fan forum. I'd put a $ or two on the level of traffic increasing somewhat on Eugene stories as the year goes on as his new found 'fans' decide he is worthy. Sadly one of only a very few success stories of a very able young privateer 250GP rider with great talent being engulfed by a field of well supported teams and riders during his career in 250GP. I am so pleased to see his progress in the world of racing once the field has become more level as far as machinery is concerned (more - not actually level of course). 250GP was a great class with many great riders - this is going to be a success story I very much hope with an opening door or two into a MotoGP ride at the end of the day. Anyhow - WSBK for now - maximum respect mate and I hope you read these. Best of luck to you and the team for 2011 from New Zealand :-)



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