Laverty aims for two podium finishes at Imola

Eugene Laverty goes to Italy for the seventh round of the World Superbike championship with high hopes and strong goals at the circuit of Imola. 

Laverty has high hopes for the Italian round

Photo: Aprilia Racing 

Sitting in third position in the world championship standings, just 39 points behind his Aprilia Racing team team-mate Sylvain Guintoli, the Irishman hopes to secure two podium finishes from the two races on Sunday. Coming to his teams home race, Laverty is looking forward to feeling the support from the Italian crowd over the weekend. 

Winning four races of the 2013 season so far, Laverty is feeling confident heading to Italy “This season has been a series of highs and lows with many race wins but also non-finishes. In Imola I would like to secure two podium finishes, as in Phillip Island and Monza. This is my main goal for the weekend. As an Aprilia rider I receive great support from the Italian fans and so I always look forward to the Italian rounds”.

Championship leader Sylvain Guintoli is hoping for a better round this year following a crash in 2012 at Imola which resulted in a broken rib for the Frenchman. 
The Aprilia Racing team rider is leading the championship by 22 points ahead of Tom Sykes, following nine podiums from 12 races. The 31 year old hasn’t won a World Superbike race since the opening round in Australia back in February, however he is feeling confident ahead of the Italian round. 

Guintoli revealed “I always have a special feeling to go and race in Imola. The track is very challenging and the history of this place makes it so unique. Last year, I had a 1st row Superpole qualifying but a crash in race 1 left me with a broken rib. After this, race 2 was one of the most painful experiences of my life! Fighting spirit level is high… Roll on Imola 2013″.


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