Author: Bike Social Sports Reporter Posted: 02 Oct 2014
There have been plenty of poorly kept secrets in the MotoGP paddock this year and the latest breaking story is no different: Eugene Laverty has signed a one year deal with Jorge Martinez’ Aspar squad.
Two weeks ago it was confirmed that the Northern Irishman would leave World Superbikes to move to MotoGP and it has now been announced that he’ll compete aboard a Honda RC213V-RS production racer alongside Nicky Hayden in the Drive M7 sponsored outfit.
The ride had been tipped to go to Loris Baz, who had signed a pre-contract with the team, but it’s thought the French rider was then told his services were not required as he was ‘too tall’ for the tiny RCV. Leon Camier had also been in the frame for the ride after standing in for Nicky Hayden for four rounds earlier this season.
Laverty finished runner-up in the 2013 Superbike World Championship but has struggled to be competitive aboard the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki this season. The Toomebridge rider first competed in the Grand Prix paddock in 2007 aboard a 250cc Aprilia.
“I am very excited to take on this new challenge” said Laverty. 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 learnt 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.
“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.”