Eugene Laverty says he was surprised to set the fastest time in post-season testing at Portimao on his first outing aboard the Aprilia RSV-4.
Just two days after penning a deal to join the Italian manufacturer, Laverty threw his leg over the 2010 title-winning machine for the first time around the Portuguese circuit and scored a best time of 1min 42.8secs – only seven tenths off his qualifying lap aboard the Yamaha over the race weekend.
Landing him the fastest lap time of the day, Laverty, who was riding a PATA Racing-prepared machine, took to his Twitter
account to express his delight.
“I didn't expect to go so fast first time out on the Aprilia. Set the fastest time of the day on the hardest rear tyre, I'm going home happy.”
Laverty joins Aprilia following an impressive maiden season with Yamaha, one that saw him finish fourth in the overall standings with two wins, seven front row starts and six podiums.