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MotoGP Qatar: Laverty benefits from new engine in first practice

Aspar Ducati’s Eugene Laverty benefitted from a new engine in his Desmo GP14.2 in first MotoGP practice yesterday in Qatar and said it has changed the way the bike behaves.

Laverty is playing catch-up in the desert after losing most of his pre-season through injury but says the upgraded motor is better when braking and turning in - two areas where the Monegasque has been struggling.

"It was a really positive first night of the season for us. We have started the first Grand Prix with a new engine, which is the first time I am riding with the same engine as the other riders on the Desmosedici 14.2 and now I understand the problems I have had up to now - it changes so much on the bike,” said Laverty.


“It is braking better and turning better, which are the areas I was struggling with, so now we have reason for optimism and we understand how we can move forward. Even with the rain yesterday the grip wasn't so bad tonight. It is hard to get up to speed in just one session but the lap time was similar to the test on an old tyre so that's good. We have some work to do because the change in characteristics of the engine means we have to alter lots of other parameters with the bike, so this will be our main focus tomorrow night."

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