By Stephen English

PBM's Michael Laverty finished tenth in wet afternoon practice for the Dutch TT at Assen having used the slippery conditions to his advantage.

The horsepower advantage enjoyed by the official prototypes counts for a lot less in the wet and Laverty felt a top five place was possible on his privateer CRT machine.

"It was a good for us today, obviously the wet is a leveller but this is also the first track I've come to that I know so it was good to know what I needed from the bike," said Laverty, who raced at Assen in BSB last season.

"In the first practice session we struggled to get the bike turn the way it should and then it rained which was unfortunate as we wanted to improve the dry session.

"But the direction we changed seemed to be the right way and it was much nicer in the wet. Straight away I was into the top five when there was a lot of rain but I sat out the middle of the session when conditions improved.

"I went out for one lap at the end and it put me back up to tenth position without really pushing too hard. With a bit of a risk I could have been top five. It's nice to have the bike running well in the rain because when conditions are like this we can hassle some of the prototypes which can't use their horsepower."

Team-mate Yonny Hernandez was ninth quickest on his ART bike.



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