Voltcom Crescent Suzuki’s Eugene Laverty had a tough weekend at the Spanish circuit of Jerez, securing two sixth positions after the summer break.
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Aiming for a podium finish in both races, the Irishman was disappointed to finish two positions off the podium after starting from the same position of sixth. A poor start in race one saw him slip down into 10th position, however he was able to push himself up the order and after a brief battle with Sykes for fifth, Laverty crossed the line to take sixth.
Getting a stronger start in the second race, the 28 year old was locked in with the front running group however a late charge from Jonathan Rea saw Laverty move back to sixth position for the second time of the weekend.
Laverty now lies in seventh position in the championship standings:“Unfortunately today wasn’t as good as I’d hoped. Race one was really disappointing, we had a problem with the start off the line and dropped backwards, we made good progress but sixth wasn’t what we expected. In the second race we made a better start, and I think from start to finish it was the best race I could have possibly had but it was only good enough for sixth. We are going to put our heads together and try to figure out how to get back up on to the podium now because I want to be challenging the top three and improve our championship position.”
British team-mate Alex Lowes also left Spain feeling frustrated with his weekend’s results, as he crashed out of race one and finished in the top nine in race two.
The reigning British Superbike champion started from ninth on the grid and got a rocket start, crossing the line in second after the first lap. He was then up and fighting for the final podium spot, before slipping down the order at the halfway point of the race, into 10th. The race went from bad to worse for Lowes as he then crashed out on lap 14.
Hoping for a better result in race two, the 23 year old had a steadier race in the afternoon getting into a steady rhythm on his GSX-R1000, crossing the line in 9th:“It was a frustrating day and not the results we wanted but, as ever, I never give in and pushed hard on the GSX-R. I’m frustrated with the crash as I don’t really know what happened but the team worked really hard to make the changes needed for race two.
If it wasn’t for the bad start I think we would’ve had a chance of running with Eugene in the second race, but I lost time getting caught up with Elias. I’m looking forward to the next round and will be working hard with the team to get back up there for Magny-Cours.”