Eugene Laverty feels he and the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki team can go into the summer break feeling good after picking up a fourth place finish at Laguna Seca.

A day of mixed fortunes for the Irishman, technical issues consigned him to an early retirement in race one, but a stronger showing in race two aboard the Suzuki GSX-R1000 proved more fruitful.

Tussling for the podium initially, though the restarts and shortened race distance didn't work in Laverty's favour, he was able to recover a fourth place finish having benefitted from crashes ahead by Marco Melandri and Davide Giugliano.

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One of his better results in a season that is proving otherwise difficult, Laverty feels he can go into the summer break feeling positive.

"We have put in a lot of good work all weekend but race one was over before it started, we had a technical problem and managed a few laps hanging in there but the bike was on its way out, so on lap eight it was done.

"In race two I managed to hang in with the front guys even when our bike isn't as strong with a full fuel tank and new tyres. Then the GSX-R started to feel really good and I knew I could come towards them but the red flag came out. The restarted seven lap sprints don't really suit us as we are always better at the end of the races.

"We as a team had the potential for podiums today, the guys worked so hard this weekend so we all deserved it before the summer break - fourth was not really the reward we were looking for."