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Laverty is in top 10 after superb race

By Roy Harris

Published 27/06/2016

On course: Eugene Laverty
On course: Eugene Laverty

Eugene Laverty emerged from yesterday's Dutch MotoGP race at Assen with a terrific seventh place finish.

Red flagged in atrocious conditions and re-started over 12 laps Laverty (Aspar Ducati) took full advantage in a crash-strewn race that saw Valentino Rossi, Andrea Dovizioso, Dani Pedrosa, Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith all crash out.

Laverty was over the moon saying: "Grip from the front wheel got better in the latter stages of the race and in difficult circumstances it was terrific to bring the bike home after all the drama and claim another nine points in the championship to move inside the top 10."

The race was won by Aussie Jack Miller taking his maiden MotoGP victory ahead of championship leader Marc Marquez and Scott Redding, while by finishing seventh Laverty actually had world champion Jorge Lorenzo finish behind him in 11th position.

Meanwhile in BSB at Knockhill, Leon Haslam and Shayne Byrne shared the Superbike race wins in which local riders had little luck.

Race two, ran in abysmal conditions, saw an angry Irwin running in seventh position, punted out of the action at the hairpin by James Ellison, who went on to finish second behind Byrne.

At the wet and windy Scottish venue Newtownabbey rider Andy Reid also had a disappointing weekend retiring from the first Supersport race with a quick shifter problem and then finish eighth in race two behind near neighbour Andrew Irwin after a race long tussle.

Reid dropped to second in the championship, 22 points behind James Westmoreland.

Ben Currie and Tarren Mackenzie were the two race winners.

There was joy for Lisburn rider Carl Phillips (Sandown Yamaha), who emerged as winner of the Superstock 600cc race to extend his lead to 38 points in the championship.

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