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Victory for Marc Marquez as Laverty brothers remember Dr John Hinds

By Paul Lindsay

Published 13/07/2015

Respect: Toomebridge brothers (from left) Michael, Eugene and John Laverty display helmet tribute to late Dr John Hinds on the grid at Sachsenring before yesterday's German MotoGP
Respect: Toomebridge brothers (from left) Michael, Eugene and John Laverty display helmet tribute to late Dr John Hinds on the grid at Sachsenring before yesterday's German MotoGP

Eugene Laverty won the family battle at the Sachsenring in Germany, but will be disappointed at failing to score points in the final MotoGP round before the summer break, with his Power Electronics Aspar Honda team.

Laverty finished 17th, one place behind his American team-mate Nicky Hayden, with his brother Michael 20th on the Team Gresini Aprilia.

The Monaco-based Ulsterman finished over a minute behind race winner Marc Marquez on the Repsol Honda and second and third placed men Dani Pedrosa and championship leader Valentino Rossi.

Eugene, who wore a specially inscribed helmet in tribute to his pal, race doctor John Hinds, who lost his life after an accident at Skerries last weekend, accepted: "I guess we need to work more on the bike to make it more balanced.

"The start of the race was tough because I didn't have any grip from the rear. As soon as I opened the throttle the bike started to slide and I had a few scares. Suddenly halfway through the race the tyres hooked up and I was able to lap faster than I had on new rubber.

"The fact we set our fastest lap at the end of the race shows the potential is there but we need to exploit it better. It has been a tough weekend but we'll come back after the break ready to work hard and improve."

Factory Aprilia mounted Michael Laverty, who returns to British Superbike action this coming weekend with Tyco BMW, said of his wildcard effort: "I got off the line well and was battling with the Open class Honda guys and Loris Baz.

"I felt comfortable but at a certain point in the race I began to lose rear grip going into turns. It's a shame because in the last 10 laps I began to figure out how to ride in those conditions, moving my position forward and putting more weight on the front tyre. It was a great experience and I am quite pleased with how it went."

Closer to home Laverty's Tyco BMW team-mate William Dunlop won the Grand Final at Walderstown Road Races, near Athlone in County Westmeath, after a titanic battle with Mullingar's Derek McGee and Dublin's Derek Shiels.

Dunlop made it a double after taking the Supersport victory for Chris Dowd/Ivan Curran Racing on their R6 Yamaha, but both Sheils (Open Superbike) and McGee (Supertwins) also posted wins with Maria Costello a fine third in the Supertwin class.

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