Voltcom Suzuki’s Eugene Laverty and Alex Lowes came away from the World Superbike round at Magny-Cours with a total of zero points as both riders had DNF’s in race one and race two yesterday.
In the opening wet session Lowes experienced a technical problem and retired to the pits, and then fell due to a lack of grip in the final session. Laverty was running in sixth for the majority of race one, only to crash and even though he got back on his bike he couldn’t salvage any points.
Then the Irishman fell again in the final session, putting a very damp and disappointing end to his French campaign. The pair were not the only riders to crash, but it was not a good day in the office for Paul Denning and his team, and it proved a point-less day at the wet rain swept Magny-Cours track.
“Two non-finishes today in wet conditions really wasn’t part of the plan. It seems that whenever I crash in race one this year I follow it up with another crash in race two. I never give up though, and I’m determined to finish the season on a high note,” said Laverty.
“I’m really disappointed with today. We showed a lot of potential in qualifying yesterday and I had good pace in the wet this morning but the lack of grip in these conditions, and my lack of experience at Magny-Cours in the wet, cost us. There’s not a lot to take from today but we will come back fighting in Qatar,” said Lowes.