Traffic in qualifying cost Michael Laverty any chance of improving on 21st on the grid for tomorrow’s Dutch TT with the Ulsterman having gone down a wrong alley with the setup of his PBM ahead of qualifying. Speaking after the session Laverty was clearly disappointed to have missed out on a faster time but felt that having enjoyed a strong weekend so far that the potential for a good result in the race is still possible.
When asked about the setup changes made and his qualifying effort Laverty said:
“It was pretty positive but we changed some stuff for FP3 and with that session rained off we rolled into FP4 with it,” said Laverty. “Late in the session we realised that it wasn’t the direction that we needed but it was too late to change back. We put more weight on the front to help steering but it was too late to change back so in qualifying we took some weight off the rear to try and compensate. It was ok but not as good as yesterday afternoon.”
“On the first two laps on the hard tyre it takes two laps to heat up and is then constant whereas the soft is the opposite. On my second run I used the soft tyre and unfortunately on both laps I hit traffic coming into the last section and found people dawdling and it cost me a couple of tenths in that sector both times which would have put us a row higher on the grid. Overall the bike is working good and we just need to decide which tyre to race with depending on the temperature.”
With showers forecast for tomorrow’s 27 lap race it could provide an opportunity for the Open riders to spring a surprise result and score points.