Eugene Laverty struggled to keep up with the front runners at Imola today for his factories home round in Italy this weekend. His fifth position in qualifying ended his run of front rows from Silverstone in 2011,
|Laverty ended his run of front rows at Imola
however the Irishman isn’t disheartened.
Laverty has had a slow pace all weekend but seemed to find a stronger setting in the second timed session on Saturday morning finishing in the top eight. The 27 year old made it through to Superpole 3 with ease, however he was still 0.950s off Sykes’ pole position time, with Laverty setting a time of 1.46.931.
Laverty said “It’s been since Silverstone last year that I haven’t started from the front row, but it had to happen sooner or later. We’ve actually been struggling all weekend and we still need to improve in order to make a play for it with Rea and Sykes. We have definitely improved throughout the sessions but I still don’t have the bike that I’d like for the races tomorrow. I did the time that earned me fifth place with race tyres, so that means that if I push to the limit and take some risks I’ll be able to shave almost a second off my pace. Unfortunately you can’t do that for more than two laps”.
Championship leader Sylvain Guintoli was happier with his pace in superpole this afternoon, qualifying in fourth on the front of the second row.
Similarly struggling with set-up in Italy, Guintoli seems to have found a better pace on Saturday with his RSV4, setting a time of 1.46.857 in Superpole three despite a mistake in the final sector from the Frenchman. With a 27 point lead in the world championship, Guintoli will be keen to get a good start at a track he broke his ribs at last season.
Guintoli revealed “This was definitely a better day than yesterday. We world a lot on the setup for my RSV4, changing quite a few parameters and it seems to work better now. I ruined my Superpole time with a small mistake in the last sector. I could have been on the front row, but what counts is that now I’m having fun riding and if we are able to shave a few more tenths off our times tomorrow during the warm-up session I’ll be able to set my sights on two good races”.