MotoGP: Eugene Laverty eyes strong finish to debut season in premier class

MotoGP rider Eugene Laverty on the Aspar Honda.
MotoGP rider Eugene Laverty on the Aspar Honda.

Northern Ireland’s Eugene Laverty says this weekend’s penultimate round of the MotoGP World Championship in Malaysia will offer an excellent opportunity to gauge his progress this season.

Laverty, who is set to ride Ducati machinery next year after being confirmed in the Aspar Team alongside Yonny Hernandez, participated in his maiden tests in the premier class at Sepang at the start of the year and hopes he can hit the ground running in free practice today.

“We tested at Sepang twice at the start of the year so this weekend is a good chance to see the progress we have made over the season,” Laverty said.

“It’s going to be hot there for sure, hot and slippery. Obviously the long straights there require horsepower but I think for us the interesting thing will be to see how much progress we have made with the bike and how my riding has evolved over the course of the season.

“I scored a podium at this circuit last season in World Superbikes and I enjoyed racing there because usually when the grip levels are low for everybody that’s good for me, so it could be a good weekend.”

Laverty endured disappointment at Phillip Island last weekend, when an error over tyre pressure left him struggling for rear grip on the Open class Honda.