Eugene Laverty says he can be satisfied with his run to fifth and sixth places in the second World Superbike Championship round at Motorland Aragon after being forced to fight his way through the field in both races.

Coming to Spain on the back of a tremendous win at Phillip Island in February, the Alcaniz circuit would prove somewhat less favourable for the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki GSX-R1000 over the weekend, with both Laverty and Lowes struggling to match the leading Kawasaki, Aprilia, Ducati and Honda teams.

Matters were made worse for Laverty in race one when two off-track excursions as a result of problems getting the bike stopped with a full fuel tank left him down in 14th at one stage. Nonetheless, a fine fight back would see him claw his way up the field to sixth, ascending to fifth on the final lap when Davide Giugliano crashed ahead.

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Race two would see a similar scenario for Laverty following an early off, albeit caused by contact with Toni Elias on this occasion. He would eventually fight back to sixth, Laverty moderately pleased with the final outcome in the circumstances.

"We salvaged two decent results," he said. "Worst-case scenario we need to be top six in any race this year, it was a difficult weekend and we achieved that! In the first race we had the potential to fight for third, but unfortunately I ran off the track twice because we are having problems with a full tank of fuel and the engine braking control at the beginning.

"I had the same problem in the second race but I just had to be more careful. At the end of race one, we were really strong; race two I had a good pace but on lap one Toni Elias hit me and I moved from eighth back to twelfth position. That hurt my race a lot so I had to fight back to finish sixth, but I can at least have a smile at that."