Eugene Laverty is hoping the left shoulder problem that stifled his progress at Indianapolis won’t pose the same issues this weekend’s MotoGP round at Brno in the Czech Republic.
Laverty finished 19th last Sunday at the American track but Brno offers the Northern Ireland rider the opportunity to challenge for more championship points at a circuit where the 29-year-old has previously raced in the World Superbikes and World Supersport series.
The Aspar Honda rider said: “I am excited to be racing at Brno next; I think it’s a circuit that will suit the characteristics of our bike and we made some good progress with the set-up last weekend.
“The bike was running well in the race on Sunday, so it was a shame I had some trouble with my left shoulder although I am sure it will be fine this weekend.
“Brno is a fun circuit to ride, it’s fast and slowing and we will be working hard to get a result,” Laverty added.
“I haven’t ridden there for a while but I do have some good memories there from my time in Supersport and Superbikes.”
Reflecting on his shoulder problem at Indy, Laverty said the cause of the issue could be due to crashes he suffered prior to the summer break.
“After a few laps I knew I had a problem with my left shoulder.
2I was already nursing it when I was with the guys but I thought I’d be able to nurse it,” he said.
“But once I started fighting with [Hector] Barbera and the guys it got to the point were I was riding with one arm.
“My left arm was useless. We really need to get to the bottom of it.
“I had it a little at the Sachsenring with it being anti-clockwise but I could manage it,” he said.
“Here [Indy] I couldn’t even ride the bike. I worked with the Clinica Mobile to try and resolve it. Speaking with them it’s because I’ve been having so many big crashes lately – at Jerez, Le Mans and Mugello.
“I’ve been kart wheeling through the gravel trap each time head-first. Every time it’s got a bit worse,” he added.