Northern Ireland’s Eugene Laverty feels a faulty tyre was to blame for the crash that ended his hopes of an Open class victory challenge in Sunday’s MotoGP round at Brno in the Czech Republic.
Laverty, who qualified in 20th place on the Aspar Honda, came off on lap five and says he was lucky to escape unhurt after he was struck by Aussie Jack Miller.
“When I crashed Jack [Miller] ran into me so I was lucky to come out uninjured, which is at least something positive,” said the 29-year-old.
“In Q1 yesterday we had a faulty tyre and I knew something wasn’t right from the start today.
“I pushed during the warm-up lap to see if it was the tyre and it was sliding a lot.
“It is strange because the Bridgestones are usually so consistent and I have never had a problem with them before.
“The crash was a shame but we can’t do anything about it now, just keep working,” added the Toomebridge man.
“The team have done a great job developing the bike over the past two races and I’d like to be talking about good results at the end of the race rather than sounding like I’m making excuses.
“A few races ago we were a little lost but this is my first season in MotoGP and I am still getting to know this bike.
“Now our feeling with it is much better and I hope I can prove it soon.”
Movistar Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo was a dominant winner as the Spaniard led from the start to take the championship lead.
Lorenzo, who won by 4.4 seconds from Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez, is level on points with team-mate Valentino Rossi, but goes to the head of the classification based on his superior number of race wins in 2015, with five in total.
Rossi could do nothing about Lorenzo and Marquez ahead of him as the Italian finished a safe third, ten seconds behind the winner.
Ducati’s Andrea Iannone finished fourth with Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) narrowly edging out Andrea Dovizioso on the second factory Ducati for fifth.