MotoGP: Eugene Laverty hoping for upturn in fortunes at Aragon

Eugene Laverty
Eugene Laverty

Eugene Laverty feels he is on the cusp of a celebratory result in MotoGP as the premier class rookie saddles up for this weekend’s 14th round of the world championship at Motorland Aragon.

Laverty is brimming with confidence on the Power Electronics Aspar Honda and has shown excellent pace since the series summer break on the Open class machine without quite managing to obtain a result that reflects his progress.

The 29-year-old from Toomebridge was hampered by the variable conditions at Misano last time out, when the majority of riders were forced to make two pit-stops.

Laverty, though, remains upbeat over his potential to challenge for the top Open class spoils and is a huge fan of the Spanish circuit at Aragon, where he expects the RC213V-RS to excel.

“I’m excited to ride Aragon on a MotoGP bike. Even though many of the corners are slow and in second gear the circuit still has a flowing nature and that suits our Open Honda,” he said.

“The long back straight exiting a first gear corner is the only area of the track that causes me concern. Our bike is working fantastically and in Misano we were able to continue our ultra-strong pace for the second successive race weekend.

“I’m really happy with my Aspar Team crew and we’ve really begun to gel since the summer break.

“With five rounds remaining I’m optimistic of a strong finish to our season.”