Eugene Laverty says he is setting his sights firmly on the top step of the World Superbike podium at Motorland Aragon after qualifying on the front row, even if he anticipates there to be at least 'four other riders' who will pose a threat to his quest.
Currently at the top of the WSBK standings following his win and second place finish at the Phillip Island season opener, Laverty came into Superpole with an eye on securing an elusive maiden pole position.
However, despite taking the challenge to eventual pole sitter Tom Sykes with a strong showing during SP3, Laverty would have to make do with second place again. Though it marks his 14th front row start in 28 attempts, it was a result he was nonetheless pleased with.
“Our goal is always to qualify on the front row and we managed to do that here at Aragon as well. Today we worked quite well, especially in the last free practice session where we found some good solutions for our race pace. Superpole went according to schedule and second place is an excellent position to start from.”
Looking ahead to the races, the Aprilia Racing rider expects a fight for the top spot in Spain, but is confident he has the package to prevail.
“Tomorrow will be difficult because there are at least four other riders other than myself who are quite capable of making a play for the win. There have always been some great battles on this track, we'll definitely be in the game and we'll have our sights set on the top step of the podium.”