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Laverty defies pain to go third row

Eugene Laverty defies a plethora of bumps and bruises to qualify on the third row of the grid at Phillip Island.
Eugene Laverty says he can be satisfied with qualifying 11th for the opening round of the World Superbike Championship at Phillip Island considering his bruising run up to the races.

The Irishman was already coming into the event nursing a fractured hand before an accident during Q1 on the Friday left him with concussion too. Nonetheless, Laverty – who was well outside the top 20 at the start of the day -, made substantial gains during Q2 to reach Superpole in 11th place.

That result went on to become his confirmed grid position following the cancellation of Superpole, a performance that he was content with in the circumstances.

“Today went much better,” he said. “Yesterday was a complete disaster with the crash, which was maybe favoured by the condition of my hand. I was able to get in some good times this morning, thanks also to the Mobile Clinic. Unfortunately our work was interrupted by a serious accident.

“We'll start from the third row and if I think about what happened yesterday I can only be happy about that.”



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