Eugene Laverty targets further progress in Qatar on Aspar Honda

Eugene Laverty on the Drive M7 Aspar Honda at Sepang
Eugene Laverty on the Drive M7 Aspar Honda at Sepang

Aspar Honda MotoGP newcomer Eugene Laverty wrapped up the second pre-season test at Sepang on a positive note as the former World Superbike star continues to get to grips with the RC213V-RS.

Laverty ended the test 23rd fastest on the combined times, only 0.222s behind Aussie Jack Miller on the CWM LCR Honda.

The 28-year-old is preparing for the opening round of the world championship at the Losail circuit in Qatar at the end of March and Laverty is gradually improving his feeling with the Open class Honda.

“We didn’t manage to improve the lap time as much today as we had hoped but we have made progress with the set-up of the bike,” Laverty said.

“We completed a long run on used tyres, which was very useful to measure our performance. We also learned quite a lot about the performance of the bike over long distance and our pace and lap times were consistent.

“At the end of the day when the conditions were a little better we made a change to the front suspension, which helped us to take another step forward,” he added.

“It was good to finish the test on a positive. The results of this second test here at Sepang give us cause for optimism.

“We have made quite a lot of progress, we still have a lot of work ahead but every time I ride the bike I feel that we are more prepared and I’m looking forward now to travelling to Qatar and continuing to work.”

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez topped the test overall with a fastest lap in 1m 59.115s, putting him ahead of Movistar Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo by 0.322s.

Cal Crutchlow was third fastest (CWM LCR Honda), half a second down on world champion Marquez, with Ducati’s Andrea Iannone and Valentino Rossi on the second of the Movistar Yamaha machines completing the top five.