SPAIN — official release — MotoGP photo — Eugene Laverty will leave the World Superbike tour following the end of the 2014 season to join the DRIVE M7 Aspar Team in MotoGP.
The current World Superbike rider began his international career in Grand Prix, competing in the 250cc category in 2007 and 2008. Laverty, from Toomebridge, Northern Ireland, has twice finished as runner-up in World Supersport (2009 and 2010) and was also runner-up in World Superbike in 2013 to Tom Sykes. In six seasons of production racing the 28-year-old has ridden a host of different machinery for various manufacturers, winning races for all of them.
“Eugene Laverty is a rider we were already in contact with last year, we tried to sign him then and even though we didn’t manage it at the time he is a rider we have been interested in for a long time. I think he is a rider with great potential, he has produced some incredible races in Supersport and Superbikes, and he has a lot of wins on his record with a lot of different manufacturers, which says a lot about his capacity to adapt,” said Team Manager Jorge Martinez.
“Maybe he hasn’t had the luck that you always need to win a world title but I am sure that he will give 100 percent to the DRIVE M7 Aspar Team. I am sure he will continue to develop as a rider and he can bring a lot to this team. He is ready to make the step to MotoGP. Next year we will have a new, more competitive Honda, and I have a lot of hope invested in our MotoGP project. I am sure we will achieve great results together,” said Martinez.
“I am very excited to take on this new challenge. My greatest wish was to compete in MotoGP and finally it will be granted thanks to the DRIVE M7 Aspar Team. I have had to wait quite a long time but finally the chance is here and my dream has become a reality. I learned a lot the last time I was in the MotoGP paddock, but I was very young back then and I didn’t have the right material to succeed,” Laverty said.
“Now I am coming back in the top category on a competitive bike and with an experienced team. I have had to be patient but now I am ready for this. Since moving up to Superbikes I have had to adapt to lots of different bikes and I have won on all of them, which has been a good experience for me. I guess this can be an advantage as I switch categories. One of the main reasons I have signed with the DRIVE Aspar Team is because of Jorge and Gino (Borsoi), who are top professionals with huge experience in the best championship in the world. I am sure I will learn a lot from them,” Laverty said.