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Laverty impresses on first Aprilia outing

Eugene Laverty gets an early boost as he paces testing on his new Aprilia machine.
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.


Tagged as: Aprilia , Portimao , Eugene Laverty , Pata

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MCPO - Unregistered

October 19, 2011 3:37 PM

The R1s have have been at the top of the speed trap figures all year, that information is on the worldsbk.com site for anybody to read. The top speed advantage that the RSV4 had last year was pretty much matched by Yamaha for this season, IIRC their own press release after Eugene's double win at Monza proudly stated the fact that they'd achieved the highest figure through the trap. Checa's Ducati displayed it's merits right at the very first race of the year. With massive speeds throught the fast corners at Philip Island that nobody else could live with. How else exactly did he win the tile on a bike that was the slowest on the grid?! Racing's all about going round corners after all. You don't have to be an expert to have seen that. As far as Camier's bike being different to Max's? What bits were different? It certainly wasn't the engines as Leon's trap speeds have always been within a K or two of Max's. It's surely impossible for anybody outside the team to talk with any bas

Penelope Pitstop - Unregistered

October 19, 2011 10:43 AM

Now that is impressive, well done, Eugene. Perhaps he will make the top step in the WC if he is riding an Aprilia. Haga did ok on the bike without being oustanding, but he's said he never really liked the RSV4 so if Laverty gets to grips with it who know what he could achieve? I think Checa and Biaggi and the new Aprilia riders (whoever they will be) will be the men to beat with BMW still good tryers but not having much success (just like the last couple of years). Laverty could possibly be THE MAN next year...........



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