Eugene Laverty will conduct urgent engine braking work on his Voltcom Crescent Suzuki during the Imola test after suffering an 'unridable' bike during the latter stages of Sunday's second race.

The handling problems meant that the Phillip Island race winner dropped back to ninth place (+29s), having concluded race one in seventh (+20s).

"A tough day and disappointing for both me and the team," said the Irishman. "The first race was bad, I could ride the bike but the second race was so bad after half distance that the bike felt unrideable, and we have to work to understand why we were so far away.

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"We have a new strategy to work on tomorrow, to help our engine braking, which should be a good step and this is probably the best track to try it. The problem was highlighted so badly here that if we are going to improve it anywhere it's going to be here. On to Donington and I'm determined to get back to the front group."

Team manager Paul Denning confirmed: "We just didn't find anything close to the right combination to allow Eugene to ride as we know he can; two frustrating races for him and not too many positives to draw from them."

Laverty's rookie team-mate Alex Lowes claimed eighth and tenth, yet it was his second race that was his most impressive. The Englishman lost 13 seconds after a mistake while trying to pass his team-mate which indicates he had the potential to challenge Davide Giugliano for sixth.

"I tried hard in the second race; I pushed right to the end. I ran off the track trying to pass Eugene, just locked the front and had to take to the gravel, which wasn't great," said Lowes.

"I lost 13 seconds, so if it wasn't for that I could have had a decent result but I tried my best and I'm going to keep on improving. I'm enjoying being in the Championship and I'm starting to understand the GSX-R a lot more. Now we can concentrate on the test and getting ready for the home race at Donington!"

"Alex reacted superbly and really supported the team when we had to withdraw the bike from Superpole qualifying yesterday, which obviously cost him some track time and a better grid position," said Denning. "In the races he found further improvements especially for race two, where the time sheets show that if he hadn't run off the track and lost 13 seconds, he would have finished in sixth place.

"He has learnt a good amount over the course of the weekend and probably the most important day for us now will be tomorrow. We hope the weather will be kind and we get to run through some important changes and some important test items to get back to where we know the GSX-R can be!"