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Victory is only on Laverty's mind ahead of Czech test

By Paul Lindsay

Despite rumours circulating that Eugene Laverty could make a return to World Superbike next season, with whispers of interest from former employers Yamaha and Aprilia, this weekend the Monaco-based Ulsterman will be fully focused on his job in MotoGP.

The Power Electronics Honda rider finished 19th in American (Indianapolis) last weekend, but having raced previously at Brno in the Czech Republic during his World Superbike days, he will be looking to reduce the gap to the Open Class contenders on Sunday.

"I am excited to be racing at Brno, as it's a circuit that will suit the characteristics of our bike," said Laverty.

"We made some good progress with the set-up last weekend in America and the bike was running well in the race on Sunday."

Currently suffering with a niggling injury, Laverty added: "It's a shame I had some trouble with my left shoulder at Indianapolis, although I am sure it will be fine this weekend.

"Brno is a fun circuit to ride. It's fast and flowing and we will be working hard to get a result. I haven't ridden there for a while but I do have some good memories."

Laverty currently holds sixth place in the Open Class standings on seven points, just one behind his team-mate Nicky Hayden. Both men have a lot of work to do if they are to challenge runaway Open Class series leader Hector Barbera (Avintia Ducati) who has scored 20 points this season.

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