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Laverty keeps totting up the points to stay in MotoGP top 10

By Paul Lindsay

Published 18/07/2016

Summer break: Eugene Laverty is due to return to action on August 14
Summer break: Eugene Laverty is due to return to action on August 14

Eugene Laverty continued his record of scoring points in all MotoGP races this season, when he placed 11th on the Pull & Bear Aspar Ducati, during round nine at the Sachsenring in Germany yesterday.

In a two-part race which saw all competitors change bikes; moving from a wet set-up to either intermediates or slicks on their second machine, Laverty made the most of the situation, impressively finishing ahead of the factory Suzukis of Vinales [12th] and Espargaro [14th] and reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo in 15th.

It wasn't all plain sailing, as the Toomebridge man had to take avoiding action on more than one occasion during the race, but he remains 10th in the championship table, as the MotoGP series now heads into the summer break.

Speaking after the German round, which was won by Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez, who had a 10-second advantage over second placed man, Cal Crutchlow on the LCR Honda, with Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso third, Laverty said: "Scott Redding was in front of me at the start and he spun up the rear tyre, so I had to close the throttle completely.

"That left me quite far back going into the first corner. It was certainly dramatic.

"It was crazy out there, but I was optimistic about our chances of a decent result."

Laverty, who struggled with some intermittent problems before changing bikes, is currently third in the Independent Rider and Team standings on 51 points. Spain's Pol Espargaro, who didn't finish in Germany, leads the table with the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha squad on 72 points. Second place is currently held by Avintia Racing Ducati's Hector Barbera on 65 points. He finished ninth yesterday.

The next round of the MotoGP championship is set to take place in Austria on August 14. At that stage, we should also know the potential whereabouts of Laverty for 2017, but the strong money must be on a Yamaha or Aprilia ride in the World Superbike Championship.

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