Laverty unfazed by 'number one' status

'In terms of expectations of my performance I don't feel any more pressure because I know exactly what I want to achieve' - Eugene Laverty
Aprilia star Eugene Laverty says is doesn't feeling under any additional pressure to perform in 2013 after taking over as the Italian team's number one.

The Northern Irishman assumes the role as lead rider in the factory outfit following the retirement of World Superbike champion Max Biaggi last year.

Laverty, who is joined at Aprilia by Sylvain Guintoli, has taken it all in his stride as he sets himself a target of mounting a consistent challenge for the world title.

“In terms of expectations of my performance I don't feel any more pressure because I know exactly what I want to achieve,” he said.

“But there's a little bit more pressure because I've got to learn the lingo and be more professional on that side of things with Max gone.

“It was good having Max at my side because he spoke to the Italians, but now that I'm the number one guy I need to be more interactive in that way,” he added in the Belfast News Letter.

Laverty revealed that although his personal contact with Biaggi was limited, the pair “had no quarrels” and he reaffirmed his admiration for the veteran Italian's achievements in the sport.

“I never really bothered much with Max personally and he's a fairly private character. We just did our own thing but we didn't have any quarrels.

“I've a lot of respect for him for the world championships he has won.

“Aprilia is truly the only real factory World Superbike team left and I want that to continue and with Max winning the title that has naturally secured that for next season.”

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January 09, 2013 5:23 PM

This lad have a very strong mind!! Laverty is very focus guy, he dont like bullsht just to ride, i like this on one rider Determination and Focus on target... 4sure i think the way Guintoli ride is more similar to Max Biaggi and Aprilia is a very conected with this riding Style.. But the true is this Laverty is the number 1 now he only need to prove that to Aprilia on the 1 part of the year beating Guintoli, if he can do this Aprilia will pay more atencion to Laverty requestes.. i dunno is caind hard this one i think Guintoli will be faster but defenatly Laverty have the spirit to fight for somethingh..

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