Eugene Laverty Quits Aspar Ducati Team For WSBK 2017 Championship

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The sole Irish rider in MotoGP, Eugene Laverty, confirms that he will be leaving the Aspar Ducati Team. Eugene will continue racing, however, we will be able to see him in the World Superbike Championship. Laverty, like every other racer has a simplistic goal, he just wants to win.

Paolo Ciabatti, Ducati Corse Sporting Director confirmed that Avintia and the Aspar team will receive the GP15 and GP16 machinery. Laverty was not supposed to get the Ducati GP16, which meant he would not be competitive enough.

Eugene Laverty will get a competitive machine with Factory Aprilia project & SMR. The Irish rider will have a Championship challenging machine. He is now focussed on winning the WSBK Championship and returning to MotoGP as a Champion for a potential factory ride.

Laverty's replacement has already been announced by the Aspar Ducati Team. Alvaro Bautista will be taking over with a Ducati GP16. Eugene Laverty spent two years in the MotoGP paddock, however, he failed to impress many owing to his satellite rider status.

Currently, Eugene Laverty stands eleventh in the 2016 MotoGP Championship. He is the second best rider amongst six satellite Ducati riders. Laverty will be keen to getting back to winning ways, and is confident that Aprilia in WSBK will provide him with a Championship winning package.

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Story first published: Friday, August 26, 2016, 9:24 [IST]
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