Eugene Laverty says he can be content with ninth place on the grid for the final World Superbike races of the season after a weekend hampered by persistent electronic gremlins.

The Irishman looked to have good pace around the Losail International Circuit having topped FP2, but electronic problems on the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki would consign him to the pit-lane throughout FP3. Despite a full change of the system for FP4, issues getting the settings in working order lost him further time.

Entering Superpole with little idea of the 'way it was going to go', Laverty was satisfied to turn in the ninth best lap, even if he says the minor improvement he made on the qualifying tyre is indicative of his potential otherwise.

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"Even in second practice at the end it was starting to show up an electronic problem," he said. "We had to change everything over and it should have been a simple case of putting it in but there was a lot of issues in the morning with wrong settings inside. Everything was skewed, so I lost a second session.

"I went into Superpole worried because I didn't know what way it was going to go, so ninth was damage limitation. We did 58.4 on race tyres and a 58.3 on qualifying tyres, so our potential was much higher than that.

"The bikes working here I was expecting, if we could make sure the rest of it is OK we might be able to get stuck in."