Aprilia’s Eugene Laverty may well have qualified second on the grid in this afternoon’s Superpole for round 2 of the World Superbike championship at Aragon but he knows that race day will be a difficult battle, with
|It looked like Laverty could be on pole position…
four or five riders going after the win.
It looked for a moment that the Irishman would clinch pole position at the Spanish track, posting a time of 1’56.638 – matching his fastest time of the weekend from the previous superpole 2 session however he was knocked down to second place as Mr Superpole Tom Sykes put in a blisteringly fast lap of 1’56.339, almost three tenths faster than the Aprilia rider.
“Our goal is always to qualify on the front row and we managed to do that here at Aragon as well. Today we worked quite well, especially in the last free practice session where we found some good solutions for our race pace. Superpole went according to schedule. Second place is an excellent position to start from. Tomorrow will be difficult because there are at least four other riders other then myself who are quite capable of making a play for the win. There have always been some great battles on this track, we’ll definitely be in the game and we’ll have our sights set on the top step of the podium” said Laverty.
Team mate Sylvain Guintoli starts from 4th position which places him at the head of the second row in the new 3-per-row grid formation. “Superpole went better than I had hoped – confessed Sylvain Guintoli – I don’t like to make excuses, but I think that I am still lacking something compared to the other riders in terms of race pace. In any case I took the first spot on the second row which is a good placing since it puts me on the outside of the first brake. I have never achieved good results on this track so tomorrow I will be looking for two good races. The feeling with my RSV4 increases lap by lap and that makes me hopeful, I want to take full advantage of all their strong points like I did at Phillip Island”.