Laverty still eyeing Moto GP switch

Published Wednesday, 13 August 2014
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Co Antrim motorcyclist and World Superbikes star Eugene Laverty has told UTV he remain uncertain about where he will be competing next year, amid talks aimed at making the switch to Moto GP.

While the 28-year-old Suzuki rider came second in the World Superbikes last season, he hasn't had the easiest of rides this time round and now sits ninth in the standings with only a few rounds left.

Laverty admits there are some challenges to overcome.

"We know the tracks where the bike does work well - like Phillip Island. On the flowing long corners, the bike's superb. It's round the tight, twisty stuff that we really start to struggle," he said.

"It's a matter of trying to crack that and figure out how to make the bike turn and be more agile."

Laverty's team boss, Paul Denning from Crescent Suzuki, would like to see him back with them.

"He needs to want to stay and if that happens, he'll stay. Without question," he said.

"A second year with the same team, same bike, as we've seen in all championships makes a huge difference to the performance."

If we can be back on the top step before the end of the season, I think it would be a nice way to salvage a difficult season.

Eugene Laverty

Laverty enjoyed a big win at Phillip Island back in February and a podium finish at Sepang in June.

While he remains focuses on trying to get back to good results in the remaining rounds, he is looking at a number of options which would take him into Moto GP next year.

"It is early days, but hopefully by the end of the summer I'll have a better idea of where I'm going to be," he said.

In the meantime, the long summer break from World Superbikes continues ahead of just three confirmed rounds.

First up on the calendar is September's race at Jerez in Spain, then Magny-Cours in France in October, and Losail in Qatar in November.

A planned round in Russia has been cancelled due to political unrest in the Ukraine, while the South African round has also been axed as the circuit isn't up to scratch.

Although it has not yet been confirmed, a replacement round at Brno in the Czech Republic could be added to the schedule to compensate.

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