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WSBK Donington: Laverty salvages podium

Eugene Laverty fights back for a podium in race two at Donington Park after struggling for pace in the first encounter.
Eugene Laverty believes he has reason to be pleased leaving the fifth round of the World Superbike Championship at Donington Park after picking up his first podium around the British circuit.

With a best finish of just 14th place in two years of WSBK racing at Donington Park, Laverty was under pressure to improve on his record coming into race day.

However, after qualifying on the front row, Laverty was left disappointed in race one when an early mistake left him fighting it out in the chasing pack, the Irishman eventually picking up seventh.

Despite this set back, Laverty would return to form in race two by prevailing in a late tussle with Marco Melandri for third position to claim first podium at Donington Park.

“At the end of Race one I was disappointed. I have always had trouble on this track, but I could have done better than seventh place. On the other hand Race 2 got off to a better start straight away. A few changes we made to my RSV4 between the two races immediately increased my feeling with it.

“In fact, I was able to defend third place against Melandri's attacks, and as I said at Monza, it's always nice to end the weekend with a podium. The performance in race two is encouraging for the rest of the championship.

“It shows that even on shorter, more winding tracks we can keep up with the top riders. I like Portimao, I was strong there last year so I'm looking forward to the next round.”

Laverty is currently third in the WSBK standings, 24 points adrift of Aprilia team-mate Sylvain Guintoli.




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mcpint fan - Unregistered

May 27, 2013 5:53 PM

norge is a class act..wins races nearly always in top 3 and people still slag him of... seems a lot of people has a problem with him for obvious reasons..get over it..

wobblyman - Unregistered

May 29, 2013 12:31 AM

@pp916 his "bad" races this season so far have been a second,a third,a fourth,and a seventh at by far his worst track-beside three wins-not bad in most peoples book.he was looking most likely for at least a double podium finish in Aragon,but for machine trouble while leading+a simple mistake while leading.i think the hardest part of his season is over.roll on Portimao..



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