Laverty pleased with front row boost

Eugene Laverty turns it around to claim another front row start at Magny-Cours, the Irishman qualifying in third position.
Eugene Laverty admits he is surprised to be starting on the front row for the final round of the 2012 World Superbike Championship at Magny-Cours after struggling in the run up to Superpole.

Keen to bring his first season as an Aprilia rider to a successful close, Laverty has spent much of the weekend mired in the mid-pack, but came good when it mattered during Superpole to clinch third on the grid.

A welcome boost for the Irishman, who secured his first win on the RSV4 last time out at Portimao, Laverty however concedes that the weather could play a crucial part in his chances of taking the top spot again.

“To be honest I didn't expect to take third place. After the practice session I thought I would be battling for a spot on the second row.

“For the races we'll be a bit at the mercy of the weather which could change everything. In any case we still need to shave a few tenths of a second off our race pace in order to battle with the front runners.”

Laverty is currently sixth in the overall standings, 14 points behind fifth place Jonathan Rea.

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