Eugene Laverty finishes 18th in Spanish MotoGP

Eugene Laverty previously competed in the 250cc class in MotoGP
Eugene Laverty previously competed in the 250cc class in MotoGP

Eugene Laverty is still chasing his first points after coming in 18th in the Spanish MotoGP at Jerez on Sunday.

The Aspar Honda rider from Toomebridge, who started 17th on the grid, needed a top-15 finish to get in the points.

Laverty was over 63 seconds behind winner Jorge Lorenzo in the fourth race of the season.

Spain's Lorenzo led from start to finish to win ahead of double world champion Marc Marquez with Italian Valentino Rossi back in third.

Lorenzo started from pole and edged away from Marquez, with his fellow Spaniard left to concentrate on keeping Rossi behind him.

Marquez was racing just days after undergoing surgery on a broken finger sustained during a crash in training.

Rossi, 36, took third to become the first man to claim 200 podium finishes and he retains the championship lead.

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