Belfast Telegraph

Eugene Laverty ready to fight his corner in German Grand Prix ring

By Paul Lindsay

Toomebridge racer Eugene Laverty will be looking to maintain his top 10 position in the MotoGP world championship as he competes in the German Grand Prix at Sachsenring.

The series reaches the halfway point on Sunday, and having enjoyed a points scoring finish at Sachsenring back in his 250 Grand Prix days, Eugene will be planning on something similar aboard the Aspar Ducati on Sunday.

"I have only ridden at the Sachsenring on three occasions," said Monaco-based Laverty.

"It is a track with so many turns, 13 corners in all, and that is an area we've been working to improve with the Aspar Ducati.

"Sachsenring is going to be an important place for us to improve, because there are so many long corners there. We learned a lot at Assen in that particular area, so the plan is to take that information to Germany now and hopefully make it count."

Sachsenring is one of the tightest and shortest circuits on the calendar, with 30 energy-sapping laps around its 2.28-mile layout, but with over 200,000 fans set to attend during the weekend, the atmosphere is sure to be electric.

Another young Ulsterman, who will be on track at Sachsenring, is 13-year-old Scott Swann, who will be making a wildcard appearance in the KTM Junior Cup as a rookie.

The Carrickfergus College student arrives in Germany in a rich vein of form, having posted five podiums from the last six races in the UK based KTM series. So it's fair to say, he majorly excited about his trip to the MotoGP paddock this weekend.

"I've been having such a good time racing in the Santander Consumer Finance KTM British Junior Cup, so it will be a good experience to go and race in Germany," said the youngster.

"To be racing on the same circuit as Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo is brilliant. And of course I'm hoping to catch up with Eugene when I'm there."

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