Eugene Laverty has expressed hope that race day at Magny-Cours remains dry after qualifying fourth for the penultimate round of the 2013 World Superbike Championship.

With many eyes on the Irishman coming into the weekend having hauled himself into the title fight with three wins in the last four races, Laverty is looking to build on that momentum around the French circuit.

However, having struggled in the wet conditions earlier in the weekend, Laverty would show better pace as the circuit dried during Superpole. Going on to just miss out on the front row in fourth place, Laverty was still satisfied with his day's work.

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"It was a productive day. I struggled in the first wet session this morning but we made up for it in the second where I finished fourth, so I'd say I have a good race pace even on a wet track. Superpole was a "mixed" one and I'm pleased with my fourth place in the end.

"Starting from the front two rows is crucial. We'll be pushing hard looking for a win and hoping for two dry races."