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Eugene Laverty beats injury but not the rain in Australia

By Paul Lindsay

Toomebridge MotoGP star Eugene Laverty was back on track yesterday at Phillip Island in Australia, just two weeks after a hand injury that hampered his previous test in Malaysia. He set the 14th best time.

Laverty and wife Pippa enjoyed some downtime in Western Australia, prior to the test, in unusually wet, cool and windy conditions at the popular tourist resort.

Despite only completing 10 laps because of the unfavourable weather, Laverty was subjectively positive on his first day back in the saddle of the Aspar Ducati.

"Each time we left the pits it started to rain so we only did a few laps and the conditions were never perfect," he explained. "The hand is more or less okay now, especially around this circuit because it is anti-clockwise with only a few right-handers, which is where I feel the pain.

"At the moment there is not much to be gained for us by going out in the wet because it is clear I need dry track time, having missed so much at the other tests. We have a lot of work to do but first I need to get comfortable with this bike in the dry so hopefully the weather will be kinder to us for the rest of this test."

Laverty and his Aspar Ducati MotoGP team are back on track today and tomorrow at Phillip Island. The fastest time on the opening day was set by Pramac Ducati's Danilo Petrucci (1min 31.764s), with Laverty 3.915s back on the Italian, and reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo two places further back in 16th.

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