- Posted April 13, 2014 by
Laverty fights back at Aragon
Date: Sunday, April 13, 2014 Laverty fights back at Aragon Voltcom Crescent Suzuki's Eugene Laverty laid last year's demons to rest at the Motorland Aragon circuit in Spain today with an impressive comeback ride to fifth in race one. Laverty initially suffered a poor start to the morning race, dropping to 12th at the end of the first lap. Running wide in the early stages to relegate himself further, the Irishman dug deep on his Yoshimura-powered GSX-R to regain his pace, closing the gap to the front group to hold eighth by lap 11. The latter third of the race saw Laverty reignite the charge further, swapping positions with both Aprilias to take fifth on the final revolution. Race two initially saw more potential, before a clash with another rider resulted in a drop to 11th. Regrouping again, the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki racer took just four laps to improve on his qualifying position, holding seventh for the majority of the race before setting his fastest time of the race on lap 15 to cross the line in a well-deserved sixth. Alex Lowes continued his progression on the world stage with a debut top ten at the Spanish circuit. A steady start allowed Lowes to circulate in eighth for the opening half of the race, before being taken by a battling group, demoting him to 11th. The British rider held his own for the closing stages, taking the dwindling Aprilia of Marco Melandri on the penultimate lap to finish 10th. A high-side at turn 13 on the second lap of the afternoon’s race denied the rookie a chance to progress his world championship education aboard the Suzuki GSX-R1000, but Lowes remains confident that he will come back fighting as the next round restores him to more familiar soil.