DRIVE M7 Aspar Team rider Eugene Laverty finished the three-day test at Sepang in positive spirits despite finishing the session towards the foot of the time sheets.
The Irishman, who joins the series from WSBK, improved his lap time again yesterday to clock a 2’01.815 lap, putting him in a lowly 23rd position. However, a late change to the front suspension of his Open Class Honda RC213-VS racebike improved the rider’s feeling with the bike significantly and he is now looking forward to the next test in Qatar.
He said: “We didn’t manage to improve the lap time as much today as we had hoped but we have made progress with the setup of the bike. Today we completed a long run on used tyres which was very useful to measure our performance. We also learnt quite a lot about the performance of the bike over long distance and our pace and lap times were consistent. At the end of the day when the conditions were a little better we made a change to the front suspension which helped us to take another step forward. It was good to finish the test on a positive. The results of this second test here at Sepang give us cause for optimism. We have made quite a lot of progress, we still have a lot of work ahead but every time I ride the bike I feel that we are more prepared and I’m looking forward now to travelling to Qatar and continuing to work.”