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Laverty hit by early setbacks on Oz return

By Paul Lindsay

Eugene Laverty's aspirations of a third World Superbike victory at Phillip Island with a third different manufacturer suffered a major blow during testing this week.

Having previously won with Aprilia and Suzuki on the opening WSB weekend at the Australian circuit before spending two years in MotoGP, Laverty has returned to the series in 2017 with Milwaukee Aprilia.

But the Ulsterman is struggling to find the sort of comfortable set-up on the UK-based team's RSV-4 as he had during his previous spell in the factory team.

Speaking of the test, Laverty said bluntly: "We made some progress on day two in the morning then had a disaster in the afternoon.

"I had a small crash then we had some problems with the bike, which is not functioning correctly. Once it runs like a normal bike we can progress, but until then there's no chance."

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