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Final lap fightback has Laverty on a high

By Paul Lindsay

Published 04/04/2016

Big finish: Eugene Laverty jumped four places on the final lap
Big finish: Eugene Laverty jumped four places on the final lap

Eugene Laverty's brilliant fourth placed finish in Argentina yesterday was the best performance from a Northern Ireland rider since Jeremy McWilliams' Donington Park podium 16 years ago.

Fortune favoured the brave, with Laverty and his Aspar Aprilia team picking up the pieces after a catalogue of disasters during round two from a number of MotoGP's front running regulars.

It was nothing less than he deserved, finishing behind the podium trio of Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda), Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha) and Dani Pedrosa, also of Repsol Honda.

Following a catastrophic final corner collision between factory Ducati riders Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone, Laverty was the first Ducati across the line, just 2/10ths of a second ahead of Hector Barbera.

"That was good craic. That was something a bit special," said Laverty.

"I started the last lap in something like eighth position and finished in fourth - what an incredible race."

Discussing the changeover, where the whole field was forced into a mid-race swap because of issues with the new Michelin control tyre, he added: "After the changeover I was having to gain time on the brakes as I had no rear grip compared to the other riders, so I adjusted to use more of my front tyre, but to get fourth that was incredible."

It may have been a case of good fortune for the Ulsterman, but it was also just reward for his patience and resilience on inferior machinery since his debut in MotoGP at the start of 2015.

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