Eugene Laverty believes he is ready to challenge for Open class honours within the MotoGP World Championship this season.
Laverty is preparing for this weekend’s ninth round of the series at the Sachsenring in Germany, where he will be joined in the race by his brother Michael, who has replaced Marco Melandri in the factory Aprilia outfit this weekend after the Italian parted company from the team.
Sunday’s race is the last before the summer break and Aspar Honda rider Laverty is chasing a strong result before the month-long holiday.
“There’s nothing worse than suffering a bad race and having to wait a month to put things right,” Laverty said.
“It’s another circuit that I’ve ridden long ago in 250GP but never on a 1000cc bike so I’ll treat it as if it’s a new circuit.
“I crashed last time out in Assen while battling for Open class honours.
“I feel that my goal of an Open class race win is now within reach and there’d be no better way to go into the summer break,” he added.
“Good turning is key around Sachsenring... so we’ll be focusing on a good chassis balance.”