Aprilia Racing Team’s Eugene Laverty is pleased with progress made at the Portuguese track of Portimao following a provisional front row position secured in the opening qualifying session.
|Laverty had a strong opening day in Portugal
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The Irishman had a slow start to the day finishing FP1 in seventh position, but improved his pace in the afternoon. Laverty sat at the top of the timing sheets for the majority of the 45 minute qualifying session, but was pipped to first position by compatriot Jonathan Rea with 10 minutes of the session remaining.
The 27 year old set a time of 1.43.603, 0.052 off Rea’s time“We made a lot of progress this afternoon. This morning I was seventh and it may sound strange, but I was pleased with the result because I had continued to use the same tyre without concentrating on the fast lap, but working instead on the setting. As always, my goal for tomorrow is the front row, because starting from up front is important. At the end of the first day of sessions I’m already quite satisfied with the work we’ve done. We haven’t found any big problems – just a few areas where we still have room for improvement”.