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Eugene Laverty can see room to improve as he continues to make his point at Le Mans Grand Prix

By Paul Lindsay

Toomebridge MotoGP star Eugene Laverty finished 11th in yesterday's Le Mans Grand Prix to remain ninth in the championship standings after round five of the 2016 series.

Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo took his second victory of the season from pole position on the factory Yamaha after the reigning World champion's main rivals dropped away until only Valentino Rossi was left upright.

Suzuki's Maverick Vinales picked his way through the fallen riders to claim his first MotoGP podium in a race that saw just 13 competitors finish.

Laverty's points-scoring run now stretches to five races. The Ulsterman's consistency has helped him maintain his ninth place in the standings, even after a race that saw him suffer a technical problem in the early stages.

He said: "I made a decent start but then started to feel there was something wrong with the bike.

"From that point it was just a case of bringing it home. We need to improve our performance over one lap in qualifying to be in that top 10.

"It seems this year I'm a Sunday man but I need to be a Saturday qualifying man too."

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