Eugene Laverty scored yet another front row start on his RSV4 Aprilia for tomorrow’s races at the 6th round of the World Superbike Championship from Portimão in the Portuguese Algarve.
|Tenth consecutive front row start for Laverty
Photo: Aprilia Racing
The Irishman went into Superpole on the back of a second place in this morning’s Q2 practice session, where he found himself less than a tenth off Jonathan Rea’s provisional pole time.
In the first Superpole session, Laverty was the first rider to drop into the 1m 42s lap, before being toppled by Tom Sykes. After SP2 was stopped due to rain in two sectors of the track, the session was combined with the proceeding SP3 to form a twenty minute scrap for pole. As with the previous sessions, Laverty was quickest out the box and along with compatriot, Jonathan Rea were the first riders to drop into the 1m 41s lap times.
After Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes broke his own lap record at the circuit with just a couple of minutes to go, Laverty responded by also breaking last year’s lap record, but found himself a mere one thousandth of a second behind Sykes’ pole time; meaning that the Irishman is still yet to claim his first ever pole position in the Superbike class. Although, on a positive note, this was Laverty’s tenth consecutive front row start, so he was rather happy regardless: “You can’t get any closer to the pole than that! In any case I’m happy to be on the front row. I made a small mistake on my fast lap and I thought I had compromised my performance. When I went past the straight stretch and saw that my RSV4 instrument panel was showing the time the guys in the garage had told me was the best, I figured that there wouldn’t be much of a difference. It’s a shame for that thousandth of a second, but in any case we’re ready for the races tomorrow, in the hopes that the weather conditions will be good.”