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Electronic faults hamper Eugene Laverty's training

By Paul Lindsay

World Superbike number 2 Eugene Laverty experienced a torrid opening two days of testing at Jerez with his new team for 2014, Voltcom Crescent Suzuki. While his new team-mate Alex Lowes – the current British Superbike champion – recorded some blistering laps, Laverty spend most of his time in the trackside garage at the Spanish venue – after electronic problems seriously limited his track time.

The Crescent team has decided to stay for a further two days to iron out the problems for Laverty, who was over two seconds off the pace of current world champion Tom Sykes on the factory Kawasaki.

The lap times from day two were as follows: Sykes (Kawasaki) 1:40.3; Baz (Kawasaki) 1:40.9; Melandri (Aprilia) 1:41.2; Lowes (Suzuki) 1:41.2; Rea (Honda) 1:41.8; Haslam (Honda) 1:42.2; Salom (Kawasaki EVO) 1:42.6; Barrier (BMW EVO) 1:42.6; Laverty (Suzuki) 1:42.9.

Meanwhile, Dublin's Jack Kennedy, who recently signed for Laverty's former World Supersport team, PTR Honda, has thanked Glengormley's former MotoGP star Jeremy McWilliams for making his debut season in WSS so enjoyable.

The 25-year-old, who took seventh place in his rookie season with the Russian based RivaMoto Honda team, managed by McWilliams, said: "I was very lucky to have a mentor like Jeremy McWilliams. We worked really well together and I learnt so much from him this season, and I will take into next year."

He added: "I am thankful to him for taking a chance on me and giving me the opportunity to step up to the world stage. It was a privilege to work with such a great crew this year and we have parted as good friends. I wish team Rivamoto all the very best for the future."

Looking ahead to joining up with his new UK based team, he concluded: "I am excited to be joining PTR as they have proven they can challenge for the title previously with Eugene, Jules and Sam.

"The learning year is over, I have a good season behind me with track knowledge in my favour and feel I am riding better than ever before."

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