New British Superbike Cup Champion John Laverty has set his sights on a graduation to the championship class after concluding his 2008 season with another brace of podium finishes.
Laverty wrapped up the Cup title back at Croft, but two more wins at Silverstone and Brands Hatch bring his victory tally up to 11, while nine further podiums show exactly why he won the title by 141 points over Martin Jessopp.
As such, Laverty has set his sights on the 2009 season, which he hopes will see him step up to the championship class with the same North West 200 team that ran him and race winner Michael Rutter.
“If I can get the finances in place then I'd like to be with them in the Superbike class, alongside Michael Rutter again,” he told Crash.net
. “This year we struggled because our bikes were different so we couldn't help out. If we can help each other then we can be up there from the start.”
Even so, Laverty admits he is conscious of the current turbulent economic climate, one that is beginning to put pressure on the sport. Indeed, Laverty claims sponsors are stalling to commit beyond this season, which means some riders are having to wait before they can begin negotiations.
“Things are really up in the air with teams,” he added. “With the economy as it is, teams are struggling to get the sponsors and they haven't got things in place like they would want. It means they can't commit to any riders.
“There are very few seats that are definite [for next year], but I would like to stay with the team that I am with because they are a perfect squad.”