Eugene Laverty thrilled to see hard work paying dividends on the World MotoGP Jerez stage
Eugene Laverty produced arguably his best ever display to take ninth during yesterday's fourth round of the MotoGP World Championship at Jerez in Spain.
He may have finished a magnificent fourth in Argentina a few weeks ago, but this time around he wasn't relying on Lady Luck or the misfortune of others.
The Aspar Ducati rider made a great start, slicing his way through the pack from his fifth-row grid position to hold eighth in the early exchanges, but ninth in the end was a superb result.
Laverty said: "My brother John said that this race wouldn't be like the others, there wouldn't be so many crashes, so I would have to pull my finger out on the early laps and I did just that.
"This was the first time we've had a new clutch and it allowed me to make a fantastic start. This feels like a real result. In Argentina we were still finding our feet and we had a bit of luck, but this one we have worked so hard for."
Laverty remains ninth in the Championship standings.
Valentino Rossi took a lights to flag triumph by two seconds - his 113th career Grand Prix victory - over his Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo with Honda's Marc Marquez third.