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Laverty not giving up on title dreams
1 September 2013
Eugene Laverty insists he will not give up on his hopes for the World Superbike Championship title, but admits he faces a 'hard battle' following another costly mistake at the Nurburgring.
Already on the back foot after qualifying in 12th place, Laverty nonetheless started the first race brightly and was up to sixth position by lap four when he slid off coming out of the Mercedes Arena. Remounting and pitting, though Laverty would go on to lose two laps, the high attrition rate meant he could scrape a point for 15th position.
Determined to make amends in race two, Laverty – up to ninth on the grid as a result of withdrawals ahead – made a quick start again to haul himself into the podium battle from the opening laps.
From here, he tussled with both Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri for three-quarters of the race and was priming himself to make a pass for the lead on the penultimate revolution when an ill-time red flag scuppered his hopes of getting ahead.
Satisfied to secure a second place finish for his 11th podium of the season, Laverty was nonetheless frustrated that a fall – his fourth during a race this year – has prevented him from making ground in the fight for the 2013 title.
“It was a shame about the red flag in race two when I was about to attack Chaz Davies for first place,” he said. “I'm not saying I would have won it, but I would have had a go. The crash in Race 1 created a bit of a mess. I want to battle for the Championship and mistakes like that one can be costly.
“When you start so far back on the grid there's a lot more pressure and with that comes the risk of making some mistakes. We definitely will not be able to make any more slip ups for the rest of the season. All told we haven't lost too much ground behind the Championship leaders but we've got a hard battle ahead.”
Laverty is fourth in the overall standings, 40 points behind new leader Tom Sykes with four rounds and eight races remaining.
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