Eugene Laverty was left to rue a 'poor' race day at Portimao as he struggled to turn promising practice potential into anything more than an eighth and ninth place finish around a circuit he has won at for the last two seasons.

The Irishman came into qualifying and the races confident of a podium challenge having shown top four pace in the practice sessions, but a frustrating Superpole would leave him seventh on the grid before struggling to mount a challenge in either the dry first race or the wet second encounter.

Losing out in a final lap tussle with Voltcom Crescent Suzuki team-mate Alex Lowes and Davide Giugliano to finish eighth in race one, Laverty was across the line in tenth in race two, albeit bumped up to ninth at the expense of the excluded EVO Bimota of Ayrton Badovini.

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A dismal race day to compound what is becoming a difficult season for last year's WSBK runner-up, Laverty - who remains eighth in the standings - admits the results are no what he had hoped for.

"We were top four in every session apart from the three that mattered, Superpole and the two races! I'm very disappointed with race one, it was drizzling with rain and I was too scared to take risks and ended up in a low position. I lost two places on the last lap due to backmarkers but whether it was sixth or eighth, for me it wasn't a good race.

"In the second race I didn't have any feeling at all in the beginning, it came better in the end but it was too little, too late, so it was a poor day. We really had pace for the podium here so to walk away with an eighth and a ninth is not what we hoped for."

Laverty was a race winner at Portimao Aprilia in 2012 and 2013, as well as a second place finisher in his debut 2011 WSBK season with Yamaha.