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Eugene Laverty is feeling optimistic he can continue to shine

By Paul Lindsay

Published 07/05/2016

Eugene Laverty
Eugene Laverty

Toomebridge MotoGP ace Eugene Laverty is in action at Le Mans this weekend for round five of the World Championship, and he finished 16th fastest during the opening sessions yesterday.

Aspar Ducati's Laverty was faster than team-mate Yonny Hernandez after a busy day that saw him finish 1.6 seconds off the pace of provisional pole position man Jorge Lorenzo.

The Ulsterman struggled for grip in the morning session but along with his team turned things around to find two seconds in the afternoon.

He has again set a target of qualification for Q2 this weekend, although his main focus is race set-up as he looks to continue a strong run of results.

"Our bike worked well at Jerez but this track has a completely different character and it didn't feel good in the morning," said Laverty of his Ducati 14.2 machinery. "I didn't have a good feeling with the rear in corner entry; there was no grip on entry or exit and that meant I couldn't turn the bike.

"In the afternoon we improved the lap time by two seconds, which is huge. I am really pleased with the way the guys turned it around so quickly, even my first lap in FP2 was already half a second faster.

"I now feel optimistic and the aim for Saturday is to fight for Q2, although if it doesn't happen it's not a big problem.

"We saw in Jerez that I can make up some positions even on the first laps. The race is the most important thing, so we'll keep working hard on the set-up and hopefully keep improving."

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