Voltcom Suzuki’s Eugene Laverty has labelled his World Superbike race weekend as a ‘disaster'. He has been plagued by electronic issues and went into Superpole ‘blind’ as he was unable to really go out and make an impact in FP4.
He starts both races in the darkness of the Qatari desert on the third row after setting the ninth fastest time – a 1’58.379, which he believes was the best he could have hoped for. He is in good company on row three as he is alongside Aprilia’s Marco Melandri and Pata Honda’s Jonathan Rea on the starting grid.
“Free practice two was perfect and since then it has been a disaster! We had electronics problems and the bike didn’t run again in FP4 so we went into Superpole blind and I think ninth was the best we could hope for,” said Laverty.
“It’s all ‘if’s and but’s’ but with the way the bike was feeling in FP2 we know how strong it could have been and that’s the bitter pill to swallow. It’s going to be hard from the third row tomorrow but I’ll try and get involved and do the best I can for Suzuki and the team.”
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