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Laverty raring to go in Germany following success at Silverstone

By Paul Lindsay

After a three-week break, the World Superbike Championship kicks back into action this weekend at the Nurburgring in Germany, with Aprilia Racing's Eugene Laverty looking to add to his double podium last time out at Silverstone.

With just five rounds remaining, Laverty currently holds third place in the championship standings, 36 points behind team-mate Sylvain Guintoli at the top of the standings and just 23 behind second placed man Tom Sykes on the factory Kawasaki.

The Monaco-based Ulsterman will be looking to close the gap on his aforementioned rivals this weekend, with the circuit well suited to his RSV-4 Aprilia. Last year the 27-year-old was second to former team-mate Max Biaggi in both races at Nurburgring, so it augurs well for this Sunday's action.

"I've enjoyed the summer break but I'm ready to get back to racing," said Laverty.

"We now have five rounds in eight weeks to finish the season and I feel that these are the most important two months of my career to date. My team-mate Sylvain, Tom Sykes, and Marco Melandri will be tough to beat but I intend to give it my all. Nurburgring is a really strong circuit for the Aprilia, so I hope to gain points on my championship rivals this weekend."

Fellow Ulsterman Jonathan Rea took the second race victory at Silverstone for Pata Honda, which was his first of the year, and while he will not be expected to topple the might of the factory BMW, Kawasaki and Aprilia team's in Germany – the Ballyclare man's 'never say die' attitude will force him into the business end of the action.

In the World Supersport class, Irishman Jack Kennedy must learn another new circuit on his RivaMoto Honda, but it's contract time and the Dubliner will look to impress some of the front running team's.

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