Eugene Laverty says he is coming away from the latest round of the 2014 World Superbike Championship in Jerez feeling frustrated that he wasn't able to do better than finishing sixth in both races.

The Irishman had been pleased with his weekend coming into race day but with lower track temperatures, the Crescent Suzuki struggled more once the lights were out to finish sixth in each race,

That said, Laverty felt he had the pace to finishing on the podium in race one certainly, only for a poor start - caused by an overheating clutch - forcing him to fight back into contention

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"It was frustrating in race one," said Laverty. "Our starts have been fantastic this weekend in practice and then when we were using a new clutch we couldn't figure out why we had a bad start in Race 1 but then we figured it afterwards.

"At the end of a practice session there's no lights on and you don't have to wait so you just go in your own time whereas for the race you're holding it waiting for the lights for a long time and the oil gets a bit thin so I cooked it a little bit at the start and it just jumped up."

At the end of the first race Laverty closed to the back of the Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes battle for fourth. When asked about his fight with Sykes it was clear that Laverty felt outgunned by the power of the Kawasaki and even after overtaking Sykes that it was impossible to keep him behind:

"I overtook Tom but he just passed me back, if you've got the bike operating to the level that his does it's just a matter of twisting the wrist and going straight back past. It was hard to respond to that. All the passes that I was doing today were in the complex section and diving down the inside."

Laverty made a better start for race two and was able to stay in the lead group on the opening laps however in the colder than expected conditions his pace wasn't able to match the riders in front.

"Our pace wasn't good though but in the second race I made a good start and sixth was all that I could do. I had hoped that I'd be able to go with Chaz [Davies] but everything that we've worked on to improve the bike at the start of the races meant that what was our biggest strength, the end of the race on old tyres, was lost because otherwise I would have been able to have a go at Chaz in both races and get at him but I wasn't able to. I should have been able to fight for third in Race 1 and fourth in Race 2."

When asked about the influence of track conditions on the performance of the GSXR-1000 last year's title runner-up summed up the difficulties facing Crescent this year:

"Our last podium was at Malaysia when it was hot and we need that heat to take the grip away from the others. In the cold temperatures we try and change the bike to make it work and support the rear but it doesn't seem to work and everything that we do it seems to always end up dragging the back of the bike around the track and folding the front."