Laverty: “It wasn’t how I wanted to finish the race that’s for sure”
Irishman escapes fast crash at Imola
Eugene Laverty (Milwaukee Aprilia) had a tough second day at the Motul Italian Round, as he was involved in a clash with Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) which saw Laverty crash out of the race as he was left with a cut brake line.
Starting from sixth on the grid, Laverty was able to put in a strong opening to the race with some solid lap times shown. Locked in a top six fight onboard his Italian machine, he was forced out of a top ten finish following a battle with Lowes.
Explaining his crash, Laverty divulges: “I had no brakes because the brake line came out when we bumped together. I tried to pump the breaks a few times, then I realised there was nothing working and the wall was fast approaching, so it was time to get the hell out of there. It is good I got off when I did, and it feels like you’re accelerating when you’re used to decelerating there, so it was really fast.”
The 30 year old continues: “It wasn’t how I wanted to finish the race that’s for sure, but I’m lucky to finish in one piece. I’ve given the guys some work to do tonight unfortunately so it’s been a tough old time for everyone involved, but we are going to try to regroup and work with the bike tomorrow.”
Keen to get back out on his Aprilia machine around the historic Imola circuit, keep up with Laverty’s progress with the WorldSBK VideoPass, which can be found here.