4 November 2014
WSBK Losail: Suzuki needs a change of electronics, says Laverty
Crescent Suzuki should consider changing its electronic package in order to make the most of the GSX-R1000, suggests outgoing rider Eugene Laverty.
Eugene Laverty says Crescent Suzuki should consider adopting a new electronics manufacturer going forward after his final World Superbike Championship outing with the team was spoiled by persistent issues on the GSX-R1000.
The Irishman, who exits World Superbikes for a move into MotoGP with Aspar Honda next year, appeared on course for a good weekend when he topped FP2, but problems with the Motec electronics on his bike would see him miss FP3 and much of FP4, which in turn contributed to him qualifying down in ninth.
Coming into the races with reduced track time, Laverty finished a distant ninth in race one, but insists he was primed for better in race two when he crashed. Saying the rear locked on him mid-corner, suggesting electronics played their part, Laverty believes Suzuki's potential is being hampered by the system.
“We lost a lot of track time this weekend, we only had two sessions at the start of the weekend when it was dirty, so we changed the tyre in race two and it was a big step. Every so often the rear would just lock mid-corner and then suddenly in that crash, I pulled in, no gas, rear lost and spun out.
“Unfortunately it has been a big part of what has gone on this year. Some questions are just left unanswered with our electronics and I think this team, in order to move forward, need to change to a different electronic manufacturer.
“I wanted to finish strong and we started the weekend so well, the pace we did in FP2 was podium pace. That has been the problem this year, so many unanswered questions, why we couldn't get back the bike I rode in FP2.”
Despite the difficult end to a year that started so strongly with victory in the Phillip Island opener, Laverty says he is sad to be leaving the Crescent team behind.
“I definitely enjoyed working with the team, they gave me everything. The team are a great bunch and I believe there is plenty of life left in the bike, but these electronics and the weight distribution being in the wrong place, these things need to be addressed if they want to go forward.
“Hopefully with Alex [Lowes] on the bike they will fix these problems and he can show what the bike is capable of, because it shouldn't be finishing 10th and 11th in the championship.”
Lowes will be joined by former MotoGP rider and Suzuki tester Randy de Puniet for the 2015 World Superbike season.
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