Work to do for Laverty after Almeria test

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Eugene Laverty completed his first test onboard the new 2009 specification Parkalgar Honda CBR600RR he’ll campaign this year World Supersport Championship.

The two days at Almeria in Spain were used as a final shakedown before the British based team head to the Parkalgar circuit in Portugal for the first official WSB and WSS test which starts on Friday.

During the two day Almeria test Laverty completed 171 as he continues to adapt to the four stroke 600 after spending the last two years racing in 250GP’s.

Laverty’s progress was affected by cold 13 degree track temperatures and blustery conditions leaving the 22 year old with work to do to get up to full speed this weekend.

Speaking to MCN, he said:
”The test was OK as a shakedown and we made some head way on day two but I still haven’t found a setting that I’m really happy with. I tried a lot of things, we’re not too far away, but we still haven’t really got the base I’m looking for.

“The conditions held us back because the track really was about five degrees too cold. Now we’ve got three days in Portugal where we really need to get the chassis working better. At the moment I’m struggling to turn the bike from mid corner and to get traction on the exit.”

Team-mate Miguel Praia completed 146 laps and was happy with the performance of the new bike and is now focussed on the three day test at his home circuit.

Team Manager Simon Buckmaster said: “I’m pleased with how this initial test has gone I feel it has been very positive. Miguel put in some of the best riding I’ve ever seen from him which is a great start.

“He tested a lot of parts and worked around a setting from last year. I’m really pleased with his progress. Eugene is still learning his machine and worked very hard to get through as many settings as possible which will be useful once the season kicks off.

“Everyone is looking forward to getting to our home circuit the Autodromo Internacional Algarve in Portugal where I’m sure both Miguel and Eugene will improve even more.”

Michael Guy

By Michael Guy

Sports Editor, former 250-racer and adventure rider