MotoGP: Eugene Laverty targets Misano boost

Eugene Laverty on the Aspar Honda
Eugene Laverty on the Aspar Honda

Eugene Laverty is confident he can challenge for the top Open class honours at this weekend’s MotoGP round at Misano.

Laverty was consistently quickest on his Power Electronics Aspar Honda RC213V-RS at Silverstone in the Open category, but wet weather put paid to his hopes of a strong points finish.

The Toomebridge rider feels he has made sound progress with the Honda over the past few weeks.

“The last round at Silverstone was hugely positive for us. The rain on Sunday scuppered our plans somewhat but under dry conditions we were consistently the fastest Open class bike all weekend,” Laverty said.

“Our expectations have risen over the past few rounds as we’ve continued to make good steps forward with our Open Honda,” he added.

“The team have done a fantastic job in giving me the best possible bike since the summer break and I aim to repay their hard work with a points-scoring finish on Sunday.”

Laverty, though, is uncertain over Aspar Honda’s plans for 2016, with the team reported to be unsure over whether or not it can secure the required sponsorship to run two riders.

American Nicky Hayden’s contract runs out at the end of this year and although Laverty has a two-year contract, he has been speaking with World Superbike teams as a precaution.