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Laverty keeps up fine form as Lorenzo edges out Marquez

By Paul Lindsay

Eugene Laverty continued his impressive points' scoring run in MotoGP, which now stands at six from six races, after taking 13th place at Mugello yesterday aboard his Aspar Ducati.

Yamaha's reigning MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo took the win by one hundredth of a second from Honda rival Marc Marquez, but the Italian Tifosi was silenced as early as lap eight when Valentino Rossi's Yamaha developed a technical problem, forcing him to retire.

Lorenzo and Marquez were left to scrap it out for the win, swapping paint on numerous occasions, with the photo finish going the way of the Yamaha ace, after Marquez had actually led coming out of the final corner. Iannone took third on the Ducati.

Speaking afterwards, Eugene Laverty said of the result that keeps him in MotoGP's top 10: "After such a difficult weekend we salvaged three very good points, and that's the important thing because we struggled to find the correct direction after the crash on Friday."

Recounting his Mugello experience, Laverty added: "I was getting faster and faster during the race: on the final laps I overtook Bradl and the bike started to feel really good.

"That's good information ahead of the next race. Now we really understand this bike, which is getting better and better.

"The fact that it was easier for us at the end gives us a good direction to take things. I'm happy to have salvaged points here, but I expect to be stronger in Barcelona."

Laverty's brother Michael didn't get the same rub of the green in yesterday's British Superbike Championship races at Brands Hatch on the bar-bashing Indy circuit.

Sixth place in race one left the Presteigne based Tyco BMW rider looking to just salvage some solid points, but an engine blow up on lap nine forced the safety car onto the circuit, with Ducati's Shane Byrne going on to become the fifth rider to stand on a BSB top step this season in the opening six races.

Richard Cooper [Buildbase BMW] was second and race one winner Leon Haslam third, which was enough to give the JG Speedfit rider the lead in the championship standings. Byrne is now second in the table just three points behind Haslam with Tyco BMW's Christian Iddon third despite 11th and seventh placed finishes.

Lisburn's Carl Phillips now leads the British Superstock 600cc class after his win on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit aboard the Sandown Kawasaki.

Fermanagh's Josh Elliott was third in the British Superstock 1000cc class behind Taylor Mackenzie and his Tyco BMW team-mate Ian Hutchinson.

Andy Reid still maintained his series lead in the British Supersport Championship that is despite just missing out on podiums this weekend with a brace of fourth placed finishes with Quattro Plant Cool Kawasaki.

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