Aprilia World Superbike title challenger Eugene Laverty admits he can ill-afford any more slip-ups in the final four rounds of the series in order to keep his chances of being crowned world champion alive.
Laverty only collected a single point in race one at the Nurburgring in Germany on Sunday, crashing out on the fourth lap before he re-joined the race following repairs to his RSV4, eventually finishing in 15th position.
The Northern Ireland rider had been forced to battle his way through the pack after qualifying on the fourth row in 12th position.
In race two, Laverty rode superbly to finish as the runner-up but he felt he was denied the opportunity to challenge for victory when the race was brought to a premature halt as a result of oil on the circuit.
The Aprilia star had been poised to attack eventual winner Chaz Davies (GoldBet BMW) for the lead when the race was stopped.
Laverty has now slipped one place to fourth in the standings, ten points behind Marco Melandri and 40 behind new series leader Tom Sykes.
“It was a shame about the red flag in race two when I was about to attack Chaz Davies for first place. I’m not saying I would have won it, but I would have had a go,” he said.
“The crash in race one created a bit of a mess. I want to battle for the championship and mistakes like that one can be costly.
“We definitely will not be able to make any more slip-ups for the rest of the season,” added Laverty, who is believed to be in talks over a possible MotoGP deal for 2014.
“All told we haven’t lost too much ground behind the championship leaders but we’ve got a hard battle ahead.”