PBM Aprilia’s Michael Laverty suffered a weekend of frustration at the Motegi MotoGP round which culminated in him running out of fuel and having to push his ART the last 100 yards to the flag yesterday.
The Irishman had only got 18 dry laps at the circuit after poor weather saw all of Friday and Saturday morning’s session cancelled. After a getting some data on Sunday, he managed to get himself up to 18th place before a lack of petrol saw him slip back down the order.
"Starting a race with only 18 laps under my belt in the dry was always going to make things difficult. I got gradually faster throughout the race as I figured the circuit out and managed to catch back up to Petrucci," said Laverty.
"I began to run out of fuel on the penultimate lap and had to nurse it home so I wasn’t able to make a pass. I ran dry on the home straight and had to push it the final 100 metres. I enjoyed Japan and the Motegi circuit although it was a little bit frustrating with the lack of track time this weekend meaning we didn’t reach our true potential."