Eugene Laverty was frustrated after he qualified in 24th position for Sunday's Italian round of the 2015 MotoGP championship.

Coming to terms with Mugello's blind bends and flowing nature has been a struggle for the Aspar Racing man and his cause wasn't aided by a fifth front-end spill in three rounds on Friday.

Still, Laverty set himself the goal of a low 1m 48s time in Q1 which would have comfortably placed him inside the top-20. Instead he couldn't catch a tow on the front straight and his final time of 1m 48.638s put him narrowly behind Alvaro Bautista, Mike Di Meglio and Jack Miller.

"24th definitely isn't the position that I wanted," said the 28-year old. "The lap time was a big step and an improvement. To get a mid-1m 48s lap after a difficult weekend was good but it was really frustrating to get pushed down. I got some good slipstream on my first lap and I tried to look for someone on my second tyre but there was 10 seconds of clear track behind me. I had to go alone.

"It was a good lap time but here the slipstream can really help so I'm angry to drop down to 24th. At one time I was there. I knew it was going to be tough as everyone pushes with that second tyre. I think here there's so many left and right corners that if you have someone as a reference before you through Arrabiata 2 where it's blind on the exit and you can see him and you can squeeze a little bit more which helps."

When asked where he was losing out on the 15-turn circuit Laverty admitted his lack of experience at Mugello has been difficult to overcome. Add to that the lack of corners which allow him to push and steer with the front-end, a style that saw him qualify higher earlier in the year.

"I did a one-day test here three years ago. It's not really there in my memory even though it's three seconds quicker than what I did that day. It's still not enough though. My aim was a low 1m 48s lap and it's not nice when you miss your goal. It's been difficult after the crash yesterday. I was pushing the front again and trying to make up time on entry.

"In Jerez I could brake late into some corners but was losing time around the end of the lap. In Argentina we were really strong because you can brake in hard and turn the bike into the corner. When I can force the front I can make the lap time. Here it's not really possible. There are a lot of flowing sections before Arrabbiata. It makes it tough."

Looking ahead to Sunday's 23-lap race, the Northern Irishman is hoping to push the other 'Open' class machines ahead of him on the grid as he looks to repay his team for Friday's crash.

"They've been difficult rounds for sure. It's not where I want to be and not where the team wants to be. In the races previous we made some good practice and bad races. At least in Le Mans it was a better race than in qualifying. That's my aim here. It would be nice to reward the guys because I've crashed the bike a few too many times recently."



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