Aprilia’s Eugene Laverty has said that the issues with the starting procedure in race 2 caused him some
|Laverty had put in a strong display ahead of Sunday
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problems, such as cold tyres which subsequently led to the Irishman crashing out of of the lead in the first lap at Aragon.
After the warm up lap of Race 2, the start was stalled due to problems with Jules Cluzel’s Suzuki meaning race direction called a delayed start. This meant that riders turned off their machines and would await a full restart, involving another warm-up lap. This led to the machines being sat on the grid for around 5 minutes longer than normal and a lot of riders showed clear signs of frustration, waving their arms in the air etc.
The race 2 crash summed up a dreadful Sunday for the factory Aprilia rider after he retired from the lead of race 1 with an electrical issue. It was unfortunate for Laverty, who entered race day as the favourite for perhaps both wins after a strong performance throughout the weekend leading up to race day.
“Race 1 was truly disappointing. I was in the lead and had a good pace, but I had already noticed that something wasn’t working properly on the bike. I had to stop in the pits which cost me 6 laps, but I knew I could make a comeback in Race 2.” said Laverty.
“Instead, the double starting procedure created some problems for me because the tyres cooled off a bit. In fact I lost the rear first and then the front which caused me to crash. It definitely wasn’t the perfect Sunday, but there is still plenty of championship left and I’m encouraged by the fact that I had all the prerequisites, hard luck permitting, to aim for a good result here too”.