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Eugene Laverty continues fine form as Valentino Rossi closes gap

By Paul Lindsay

Published 06/06/2016

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Toomebridge MotoGP ace Eugene Laverty continued his points-scoring streak finishing 13th to claim three valuable points in Barcelona.

All on a day when Valentino Rossi clawed back valuable points in pursuit of his 10th world title with a superb victory over Honda duo Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa.

The Monaco-based Ulsterman was disappointed not to take a top 10 on a weekend when he not only celebrated his 30th birthday, but also paid tribute to Gene McDonnell with a replica helmet to honour the Portglenone rider (a family friend whom he was named after) who tragically lost his life at the Isle of Man TT 30 years ago.

Laverty said: "I made my best start of the year.

"Whilst it was a good start, I just couldn't hold my position and was overtaken a few times."

Laverty is one of just four riders to have placed in the points at every round this season, and lies 11th overall.

Laverty added: "I knew it was going to be important to save the tyres, and in the end I had a little more left in them than other riders who were going backwards, but it was a test of endurance.

"Thirteenth place isn't where I wanted to be. I really wanted to be 10 seconds in front of that, in the top 10.

"I thought we could be there, but we had more problems than we had expected.

"Some people had much bigger problems than us, but we did what we could here in Catalunya."

The eighth round of the MotoGP world championship takes place at Assen in the Netherlands on June 26.

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