Laverty's confidence high for 2013 title challenge

'Hopefully I can pick up where Max left off and win some races' - Eugene Laverty
Eugene Laverty feels the Aprilia RSV4 is now much better suited to his riding style as he aims to pick up where Max Biaggi left off in 2013.

The Northern Irishman's confidence is high following a strong end to the season capped by a positive test at Jerez prior to the winter ban.

Laverty suffered a number of spills at the beginning of the year as he adapted to the RSV4 after riding the Yamaha R1 the previous season.

However, he began to make great strides halfway through the year as he benefitted from improved front-end feel.

Laverty, who won his first race for Aprilia at Portimao in Portugal, told the official World Superbike website: “We have been trying some different sized forks, different diameters, but either way the damping is working strongly with either fork. That has been the big benefit.

“We have been using a lot different damping to the direction that Max had taking the bike, in compression and rebound.

“I think that has been the biggest benefit because before I crashed so much at the start of the year because there was no confidence with it,” he added.

“Max could ride it because he flows and rides very smoothly, but I wanted to attack it, and any time I did that the front couldn't take it. Now the bike is more suited to me.”

Laverty's Aprilia is being tweaked to maximise the potential of the new 17-inch wheels, but he feels Pirelli's latest tyres were the key to his impressive showing at the Jerez test.

“We set good lap times at Jerez and I think it shows how good Superbike is and how good a job Pirelli has done with the new tyres,” he said.

“Everyone asks about the 17-inch tyres and if they are better but it is not the difference in wheel sizes, it is the development Pirelli has done with the tyre.

“They have really improved the construction and now the tyre is a race tyre. It works so well.

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Laverty, Jerez tests November 2012
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Haslam`s Aprilia, Australian WSBK 2015
Michael Laverty, WSBK Test Jerez 26-27th Jan 2015
Biaggi, WSBK Test Jerez 26-27th Jan 2015
Biaggi, WSBK Test Jerez 26-27th Jan 2015
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jimmy - Unregistered

December 20, 2012 2:14 PM

That bike is just gorgeous. And what a spectacular riding style! I can't wait for the beginning of the season... so many potential winners and Laverty is surely one of them.

wobblyman - Unregistered

December 21, 2012 1:44 AM

@wids-complete bs what was his excuse for finishing on equal points with third place in the championship-ON HIS FIRST YEAR!! on anything bigger than a 600? what was his excuse for barely loosing out to Cruchlow in his first year of wss??and very unlucky not to take it the next year,to probablly the most successful ss rider ever. its not rocket science Widz-how about taking your grudges out somewhere else.

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