MotoGP: Disappointment for Eugene Laverty at Assen

Eugene Laverty leads his Aspar Honda team-mate in the Dutch TT at Assen
Eugene Laverty leads his Aspar Honda team-mate in the Dutch TT at Assen

Eugene Laverty crashed out of the Dutch TT at Assen on Saturday to end his impressive run of three points-scoring finishes in the MotoGP World Championship.

The Aspar Honda rider, who claimed his best result in his rookie season in the premier class at the previous round with an excellent 12th at Catalunya, came off at turn 10 on lap 16 after losing the front.

Laverty emerged unscathed and will now regroup for the next round at the Sachsenring in Germany on July 12.

“Today we fought for victory in the Open class, but unfortunately it was only in 15th position. The important thing is that I was consistently fighting until I went down.

“I pushed very hard, and in fact my fastest lap came just before the crash. We had some problems with the front, and I lost it at turn 10 when accelerating. We’d had several warnings on similar corners, and it was just an unfortunate crash.

“We have done a great job this weekend with the new swingarm, and we can see that it has great potential and allows us to be consistent,” added Laverty.

“This is my first crash in a race this year; it hasn’t been a great weekend, so we will try to change our luck in Germany.”

Valentino Rossi won the race on the Movistar Yamaha after a controversial finish when he clashed with Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez.

Reigning world champion Marquez attempted to make a pass on the inside at the final chicane on the last lap and contact was made between the pair, with Rossi running through the gravel before rejoining the track and taking his third win of the season.

Marquez held on for second as Jorge Lorenzo completed the final podium places on the second Movistar Yamaha.

Lorenzo, who had won the previous four races, is now 10 points behind Rossi in the championship standings after eight rounds.

Andrea Iannone (Ducati), Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha) and Briton Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) completed the top six.