MotoGP rider Eugene Laverty feels he has a solid chance of battling for his second Open class win of the season this weekend at Phillip Island in Australia.
Laverty sealed the Open honours for the first time in his rookie year in the premier class at Aragon in Spain, but the Aspar Honda rider was hit by rear tyre problems last weekend at Motegi, where wet weather threw a spanner in the works for the Toomebridge man.
The 29-year-old has enjoyed success down under before in World Superbikes and Laverty is hopeful the spectacular Phillip Island circuit should suit the characteristics of his RC213V-RS.
“This is a track I know and like, and the character of our bike suits itself more to fluid circuits. Phillip Island is the most fluid track on the calendar, even the two slow corners flow, so I am excited about what we can do this weekend,” he said.
“The only thing I am wary of is the conditions because whenever I have raced there in Superbikes it has been summer and 30 degrees, obviously this is a different time of year.
“I had a couple of wins in Superbikes but it was more a case of the track suiting the bikes I was on, rather than suiting me as a rider, but I am hopeful it will suit this bike too.”
Yamaha team-mates Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo will renew their gripping title battle on Sunday, with Rossi holding an advantage of 18 points with three races to go.