Voltcom Suzuki’s Eugene Laverty did not expect to be inside the top three times during the World Superbike free practice sessions, after only the first day out on track at Magny-Cours. He set the second fastest time in FP2 with a 1’38.138.
Having finished the morning's initial session in fifth, the Irishman continued perfecting the GSX-R's set up with a consistently strong performance to finish the opening day. But qualifying is of prime importance to the Monaco-based resident, and hopes he can keep up this pace tomorrow.
Laverty has also been testing out two different tyre choices, to decide which one will ultimately be his race tyre for the double header on Sunday. But all in all things are looking promising for the racer.
“It’s been a very positive start to the weekend. I didn’t believe we would be as strong here actually so it’s always nice to surprise yourself. We tried two different types of tyres to try to understand which could be our race tyre, so we are working positively and once again we are focused on getting a good qualifying position, which would be nice,” said Laverty.