Ambitious Eugene Laverty is on a mission to continue his hot streak
Toomebridge MotoGP star Eugene Laverty will be in action this weekend for round six of the premier World Series at Mugello, which is a home round for his Italian-based Aspar Ducati team.
The hills and forests surrounding the iconic circuit provide the backdrop to some of the fastest speeds ever recorded on two wheels, with Andrea Iannone clocking a mind-boggling 218mph in 2015.
For Laverty, this is an opportunity to extend his run of points-scoring finishes to six.
The Monaco-based Ulsterman had one of his best rides here in 2015, finishing 14th, but he has raised the bar this season.
"We've had five good races, scoring points in them all," said Laverty. "It's important to continue that run at Mugello this weekend. Having the Ducati horsepower this year will be a big help, as the engine is so important around here.
"I must qualify better on Saturday to try and make my job easier on Sunday - my aim is to get a top 10 finish in the race. The Italian fans at Mugello are always pretty special and this will be my first time riding in Italy on a Ducati, so I am sure we will have plenty of support."
Last year, reigning World champion Jorge Lorenzo claimed the third of four straight wins aboard the factory Yamaha.
Valentino Rossi has not stood on the top step at his home race since 2008, although he will have high hopes with just 12 points separating himself, Lorenzo and Marc Marquez in the championship standings.