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Eugene Laverty is aiming to spark in USA after electrical fault

By Staff Reporter

Enlightend Eugene Laverty continues his MotoGP learning curve at Austin, Texas in two weeks time, already wiser as to what lies ahead after a creditable 18th place finish on his series debut under lights in the Qatar desert capital of Doha on Sunday.

Toome rider Eugene experienced electrical problems with his Aspar team Honda and did well to adapt mid-race and even move up a place from his 19th on the grid start.

As Italian legend Valentino Rossi scored a brilliant win, Laverty and his team were left counting the cost of glitches with both their bikes. While the electronics hindered Laverty, team-mate Nicky Hayden, who finished 17th, hit tyre trouble.

Both riders had started confidently after a good weekend of practice sessions but had no luck on the day.

Eugene said: "Unfortunately I suffered electronic problems right from the start of the race, and I couldn't ride as I had hoped. I was losing a lot of time compared to my laps from the rest of the weekend.

"It was not how I was hoping to debut in MotoGP but at least I managed to finish the race. Despite the setbacks I tried to adapt to what I had.

"Apart from the race, we must be positive; we have progressed a lot over the weekend, we should take that from here and believe that in Austin we can keep improving."

Spain's Marc Marquez set the fastest ever recorded speed in MotoGP, reaching 217.66mph on his Repsol Honda.

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