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Rea shrugs off crash as Laverty struggles

By Paul Lindsay

Northern Ireland's World Superbike riders Jonathan Rea and Eugene Laverty both suffered crashes during the second day of testing at Jerez yesterday.

But there were to be contrasting fortunes for the Ulstermen on the timesheets, with Rea again top dog and Laverty only recording a disappointing 13th place.

Reigning world champion Rea recovered to again set the quickest time for the second day in succession aboard his factory Kawasaki ZX-10RR, but Laverty continued to struggle on his return to the series as he looks to familiarise himself with the Milwaukee Aprilia RSV4.

Rea did need a trip to the medical centre at the Jerez venue in Spain after his crash at turn three, but showed his strength of character by returning to action on his spare bike to set the fastest time of the day, ahead of Laverty's team-mate Lorenzo Savadori.

Laverty was again two seconds off the leading pace-setters and the crash further compounded his misery on the second day of work with his new employers.

Speaking of the incident and summarising day two on the factory-supported RSV4 Aprilia, Laverty said: "It was unfortunate to crash today."

Laverty got hit from behind by Althea BMW's Jordi Torres going into turn one.

"There was nothing I could do," he explained.

"The bike got stuck under the barriers but the damage wasn't too bad," Laverty commented. 

Laverty's Milwaukee Aprilia team now move onto Portimao for two further days of testing and Rea returns to Spain next week with KRT.

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