Eugene Laverty is targeting a return to the podium at Motorland Aragon this weekend after claiming to have cured the electronics issue that has hampered him in recent races.
Following a modest start to his first season with Aprilia, Laverty appeared to have unlocked the RSV4's potential with runs to the podium at Assen and Monza, but went on to endure disappointing results at Donington Park, Miller Motorsports Park and Misano.
Insisting an intermittent electronics issue was partly to blame for his lack of pace, Laverty feels vindicated by the discovery of the problem during testing at Aragon last week. With this in mind, he feels he has reason to be confident heading back to the Spanish venue for round eight of the season.
“I'm entering Aragon in a positive frame of mind following our successful test at the same circuit last week. We discovered the electronics problem that has hindered us over the past three rounds and so I aim to be back on the podium again as we were in Assen and Monza.
“On the one hand I'm angry that this issue has cost us severely in the championship fight but at the same time I'm relieved that at last we've fixed the problem. We are only at the halfway point of the season and so there are plenty of races left for me to fight my way back into the top five in the championship.”