John Laverty was pleased to get two full race distances under his belt as his return to racing stepped up a gear at Thruxton. The Northern Irishman failed to score points in either race but chose to take a longer term view, stressing that his fitness and his motorcycle will continue to improve as the season goes on.
“It's an on-going thing and another two finishes today is brilliant for me. “It's still early doors but I'm getting myself back up to speed at a good pace. To get another two full race distances under my belt is very important. I was tired out at the end of Friday, the track was pretty hard on me, but over the course of the weekend my fitness has improved and it's brilliant to be able to have gone two full races.”
“We've got loads more data now to go away with and work with. We have tried a lot of things here. Some worked, some didn't but we've got a much better idea about things now and this will all help us as the season moves forward.”
Teammate Florian Marino also failed to score points but echoed Laverty's optimism regarding the Aprilia RSV4 and thinks it has stronger pace than the results suggest.
“It started very well, I was fast and making my way up,” he said. “The bike felt very good but from about Lap Nine it wasn't as good as I struggled with the tyres. But I was making some good laps. I got some nice fast laps in which would have put me well inside the top 15, and this is very good data now to take with us to Oulton Park.”
Splitlath-Redmond Racing's co-owner John Dimbylow feels the team are on the right track and hopes new developments will enable them to move up the order at Oulton Park.
“It's been a good weekend all in all. We've had one or two problems with the motors but the riders did extremely well. John is working steadily back towards fitness, and Florian once again demonstrated his fantastic ability at the start of the race. Unfortunately the tyre went off quite early but this is all part of the learning process for an 18-year-old who is new to superbikes.”
“The team did a fantastic job this weekend in the face of all sorts of issues. We were happy to be joined by Marco Bertolatti from the Aprilia factory this weekend to assist with chassis set-up, and we now have a few weeks to go away and do some testing and make preparations for the next round, where we should have our new engines.”