|Laverty and Guintoli had a successful weekend at Assen
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Aprilia Racing Team’s Eugene Laverty has hailed how important his victory in race two at Assen was this afternoon, his second win of the 2013 season.
After a tough round last time out in Aragon where Laverty failed to score, he put his world championship hunt back on track by finishing fourth and first this weekend. Race one brought problems to the Irishman due to lack of dry track time this weekend, however changes to his RSV4 between races allowed him to stay with Tom Sykes and take the victory in the Netherlands. He now lies in joint second position in the championship.
Eugene revealed “The little time we had with a dry track created a few problems in Race 1. In fact, before the second race we made some changes to the RSV4, which we usually don’t do because of how risky that is. Actually the changes they made worked really well. I had the right feeling even though I didn’t think I would be stay up with Sykes. But in the end I was able to keep up with his pace. In fact, his wash actually helped me out since there were some strong gusts of wind on the track. Four laps from the end I overtook Tom, even pulling away a few metres, but then the wind kept me from being too precise so he was able to cling back onto me. Winning today was important. We back in the fight for the championship and we were able to leave the troubles from Aragón behind us”.
French teammate Sylvain Guintoli leaves Assen still leading the championship following a third and sixth position finish this weekend.
Securing a podium in race one, Guintoli was locked in a battle for second position with teammate Laverty and Pata Honda rider Jonathan Rea, eventually loosing out to Rea on the final lap at the chicane. Race two didn’t go as well for the 30 year old, finishing in 6th position. However, he has left with an increased lead in the championship, 28 points ahead of second position.
Guintoli said “It’s too bad about the end of Race 2. I enjoy a fight in the last laps but this time I just wasn’t able to do it. In Race 1, on the other hand, Rea and I put on a good show and in the end Jonny got the best of me but I had fun. In the second race Tom and my team mate Laverty really had an unbeatable pace. Let’s just say that the second race didn’t go great, but I was able to increase my lead in the championship, widening the gap in front of my closest rivals, and that’s important, especially considering the fact that the next round is Monza, a circuit where Aprilia has always been a strong player”.