Laverty ‘100 percent’ ready

Having used the summer break to regain his fitness, Eugene Laverty is confident he is "100 percent ready" for MotoGP's Indianapolis Grand Prix.

The Ulsterman's first season in MotoGP with Aspar has been a difficult one, especially for a rider used to fighting near the front of the field.

Although it took him a while to find his pace on board the Honda, Laverty strung together a run of three points-scoring results before a crash at the Dutch TT ended it.

Left feeling battered, he admits the summer break could not have come at a better time.

"I feel 100 percent ready for the second half of the season," he said.

"My body really needed some time to recover from a few big crashes lately so the time off was a welcome break.

"I enjoyed one week of holiday to recharge and prepare myself for the remaining nine races."

The second half of this season kicks off this weekend at Indianapolis where Laverty is hoping to put lessons learned to good use and find a way back into the points.

"I've learned a lot during the first half of my rookie season which ought to set us up for a strong end to the year.

"Things have been up and down but I'm confident that our speed is there to challenge regularly for Open class honours from here on.

"Indianapolis kicks off the second half of the season and the track looks fun to ride. I'm excited to see my bike again after a month apart!"