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Laverty makes in-road with double top five

A fourth and fifth place finish at Imola puts Eugene Laverty in a position to overhaul Max Biaggi for third in the World Superbike standings.
Eugene Laverty is within 25 points of Max Biaggi in the battle for third in the World Superbike Championship after he posted a pair of top five finishes at Imola.

The Irishman, who has held down fourth position in the WSBK standings since Miller Motorsports Park, was looking make in-roads in Biaggi's advantage following the Italian's withdrawal through injury.

He succeeded in getting the gap down to a more manageable 25 points with four races remaining – and Biaggi's Magny-Cours participation still in doubt -, though Laverty feels he could have secured a podium finish at Imola.

“I was disappointed with the results in the first race," the Yamaha rider said. "The bike was working quite well but I made a stupid mistake that caused me to go wide and then I lost out on the chance to fight for the podium.

“I got a good start in race two but suffering from a chattering problem I found it tough to keep fighting. Mid-way I adjusted a button on the handle bar which altered the engine braking allowing me to improve lap times. With the less than perfect set-up and the hotter track temperatures, I am really satisfied with my fourth place finish.”


Tagged as: Yamaha , Imola , Eugene Laverty

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