Eugene Laverty's all revved up for his Moto GP blind date in Texas
Excited Eugene Laverty is looking forward to his first taste of MotoGP racing Texas-style at this weekend's series second round at the famed Circuit of the Americas track.
The expansive Austin circuit boasts the longest straight on the MotoGP World Championship calendar at 1.2km, which culminates with a breathtaking climb into a blind first turn.
It promises to be another intense weekend of learning for Laverty (right) on his first visit to the Texan track following a 17th place finish for his Honda-mounted ASPAR team in Qatar two weeks ago.
The Toome rider said: "We did a great job in Qatar, I got to know the bike much better and my feeling improved as the Grand Prix progressed. Unfortunately things didn't go as we hoped in the race.
"Now we go to two completely new circuits for me in Texas and then Argentina, so it is going to be another two weekends of learning. We improved the set-up a lot in Qatar so that is encouraging for this weekend. As a team we are moving in the right direction so I am looking forward to continuing with the job. Hopefully I can adapt quickly to the two circuits and gather some more experience with the bike so that when we get back to Europe and Jerez I can really push."