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Eugene Laverty is determined to turn up the heat on his top-10 opponents

By Paul Lindsay

After the high of last weekend’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone, it’s back to reality for Eugene Laverty as he prepares for Misano, round 13 of this year’s MotoGP World Championship.

The Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli will provide the backdrop and, fittingly, it will be the venue where promoters Dorna retire the iconic No.58 of the legendary Italian racer.

 The 2016 season has proved to be the most open for decades, with seven different winners now on record, including the likes of Jack Miller, Andrea Iannone, Cal Crutchlow and Maverick Viñales for the first time.

But will there be an eighth at Misano?

Monaco-based Ulsterman Laverty, who is on his way to World Superbike next season with Milwaukee Aprilia, remains in the battle for the top 10 in the Championship but requires another positive result this weekend at Misano, where he scored points during his days in the 250cc class.

The Pull & Bear Aspar Ducati rider said: “It is nice that we get to race again so soon after Silverstone, which is perfect for me. I expect the temperatures will be very hot at Misano, so it will be a very different weekend.

“The track itself is also very different — it is tight and twisty, which is the opposite to Silverstone.

“There are some aspects of the track that could be very good for us, for the Ducati, and we always ride better in the hotter conditions so I am looking forward to seeing some summer weather again.”

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