Eugene Laverty says it is a shame he wasn't able to qualify higher than 12th position for the tenth round of the 2013 World Superbike Championship after declaring himself happy with the Aprilia RSV4 in the dry.

The Irishman is seeking good results at the Nurburgring to boost his title hopes, but now finds himself on the back foot after struggling to get comfortable on the bike during a wet Superpole session.

Coming just three weeks after celebrating his first WSBK pole position, though Laverty is disappointed to be starting down on row four, he is certain he can make good gains in the races.

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"It wasn't exactly an ideal Superpole. It was definitely the worst qualifier of the season and that doesn't make things easy for the races tomorrow. It's a shame because in the free practice sessions the bike was really going fast on the used tyres.

"I'm certain that we'll be able to be competitive in the second part of the race, but the problem will be the first few laps since we're starting from the fourth row.

"In Superpole the bike settings were still oriented too much to dry conditions since the sudden rain didn't give us time to change it over completely. These things happen. Even one more lap would have been enough to gain enough confidence and maybe move up a few positions on the grid".