Eugene Laverty remaining upbeat despite technical problem

Eugene Laverty
Eugene Laverty

Voltcom Crescent Suzuki’s Eugene Laverty finished seventh fastest during free practice at Donington on Friday despite a technical issue.

The Toome man is taking the positives from his performance as he aims to put his title bid back on track after crashing twice at Assen and failing to break into the top six last time out at Imola.

Laverty is optimistic of a strong qualifying in Superpole on Saturday after missing FP3 with a ‘technical glitch’.

“The first session was good; the second session was really good. I had a smile on my face because everything looked like it was going to plan, and then in the third practice we lost more or less the whole 45 minutes,” he said.

“We had a technical glitch and again, just like Imola, we’ve lost more track time and you can’t afford to give these guys an advantage like that.

“That said, our base level feels pretty good and I’m positive we can do well here.”

Reigning world champion Tom Sykes was fastest on his Kawasaki ZX-10R ahead of Ducati rider Davide Giugliano and Sylvain Guintoli (Aprilia).

Alex Lowes (Voltcom Crescent Suzuki), Marco Melandri (Aprilia) and Loris Baz (Kawasaki) were the top six.

Jonathan Rea, who leads the world championship by four points from Sykes ahead of the fifth round of the series on Sunday, was eighth fastest on the Pata Honda.

“Honestly, it’s been a tough day to get a good base setting around here. We started from zero with our electronics here so we came to our initial setting with information from last year,” said Rea.

“It seems like we’ve been chasing a engine brake setting all day but the good news is that in the final session we found some improvement so I think we’re on top of that.

“It seems like we wasted a lot of time concentrating on that and it seems like the forecast for tomorrow is not so good to continue in the final free practice with a dry set-up,” he added.

“But, if this afternoon was our final dry session before the race, we have some ideas to go with.

“It’s not been a perfect day but we can take some positives that we’ve improved the bike. I guess tomorrow we’ll focus on our wet set-up and see what happens on Sunday.”

Meanwhile, practice for the Isle of Man TT races is due to commence on Saturday evening at 6.20pm for solo and Sidecar newcomers and Lightweight competitors.