Opportunity goes begging for Laverty after jump start

michael-laverty-4-qatar-motogp-qualifying-2014A jump start penalty put paid to any hopes Michael Laverty had of opening the season with a points finish but the Irishman saw plenty of reason to be pleased with today’s Qatar Grand Prix.

Having had to pay a ride through penalty for his startline transgression his pace once back on track was impressive and afterwards the PBM rider felt that 14th was a realistic target without the penalty.

“It’s one of those things,” said Laverty when asked about the jump start. “I’ve always been a good starter and my reactions are usually pretty good but maybe for the first race of the year I just a bit too eager! That’s the way it goes though and I can’t be too annoyed about it, I had a better race than I expected after a tough weekend.”

When asked by Crash.net for his thoughts on the race Laverty said:

michael-laverty-2-qatar-motogp-qualifying-2014“The jump start was so frustrating and I can’t believe that I jumped it. I hadn’t done many practice starts all weekend, I did one after qualifying, and the clutch just bit and I knew straight away that I’d jumped the start. It’s frustrating because I had the pace to finish 14th today, at the end of the race I was doing consistent 1m58s when Petrucci was in the 59s,  but it seems that it’s always the way when there’s points possible that something stupid happens. It was good though because the bike felt good after a difficult weekend, we made some changes to fix the braking problems.”

Having suffered numerous issues throughout the weekend Laverty confirmed that he only had one practice start under his belt, following qualifying, and that while he had planned to do one after morning warm-up a change of clutch for the session meant that this was no longer possible.

michael-laverty-phil-borley-qatar-motogp-fp2-2014Another issue for Laverty was fuel related with the PBM running out of fuel on the cool down lap when he was riding back to the pits. The PBM, racing in the Open class, has 24 litres of fuel so it was surprising to see it suffer from a shortage of fuel.

“We had so much wheelspin. I actually ran out of fuel on the in lap so I used all 24 litres. I was spinning up the rear through whole race to use up that amount of fuel, when you spin you’re just opening gas and burning fuel, so that’s something that we need to address. I’m happy with today though because I was expecting this to be the toughest race of the year and we actually had  pretty good race pace but the jump start cost me points.”

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