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Laverty secures second row start at Laguna Seca
Date: Sunday, July 13, 2014 Laverty secures second row start at Laguna Seca Voltcom Crescent Suzuki racer Eugene Laverty will start tomorrow's U.S. eni FIM Superbike World Championship races from the second row after scoring sixth position in Superpole at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca today. Running in the top five on race tyres for the opening laps of the early afternoon session, Laverty pushed hard on his Yoshimura-powered GSX-R to maintain his pace on the qualifying rubber, clinching sixth position to round out the second row for Sunday's two contests. After a promising start to his American debut, a change in fortune saw Alex Lowes struggle to match yesterday’s second row potential. Setting his fastest lap of the day on his final rotation aboard his Suzuki GSX-R1000, the British rider will start from 11th place on tomorrow’s grid. Having both secured their Superpole2 places on Friday afternoon, a brighter start saw Voltcom Crescent Suzuki take to the track under clear blue skies for the 30 minute non-timed free practice at the Laguna Seca track. Laverty consistently held his top five position for the majority of the session before dropping to eighth at the flag, while Lowes rounded out the top ten - less than a second separating the first 11 riders. Kawasaki’s Tom Sykes took his 23rd Superpole of his career, breaking the best lap record with a 1'21.811, with Althea Ducati’s Niccolò Canepa the only EVO class machine in the top 12.