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Laverty hoping to finalise 2014 plans

2 October 2013

World Superbike Championship challenger Eugene Laverty is hoping he can conclude talks regarding a switch to MotoGP in 2014 before the final WSBK round at Jerez in Spain.

Laverty has emerged as a key threat to Kawasaki rider Tom Sykes' hopes of lifting the World Superbike title after a confidence-boosting run of results as he followed up a maximum points double at Istanbul Park with a rostrum finish and his seventh victory of the season at Laguna Seca last weekend.

The factory Aprilia rider has moved into second position in the championship and is 23 points behind Sykes ahead of this weekend's penultimate round at Magny-Cours and the final race at Jerez on October 20.

The Northern Irishman has been the subject of much speculation in recent weeks after revealing he would not be retained in Aprilia's World Superbike line-up next season, with Italy's Marco Melandri expected to take over his ride on the RSV4.

However, Laverty has confirmed he is in talks about a possible MotoGP move with Aspar Aprilia and has also attracted interest from Pramac Ducati.

The 27-year-old said: “At the minute I'm talking with Aprilia and another manufacturer about MotoGP as well.

“Hopefully I can get it sorted out in the new few weeks because it's extra pressure on my shoulders never mind trying to fight for a world championship when I don't have a job for next year.”

Laverty doesn't expect his options to change even if he manages to secure the World Superbike title, with a move to the MotoGP paddock currently looking like his most likely option next year.

“I don't think it would have any effect really on our plans,” he added in the Belfast News Letter.

Laverty showed his fighting qualities as he battled to third place in race one at Laguna, passing team-mate Sylvain Guintoli and Melandri on the final lap to plunder third place.

In race two, the former 250cc Grand Prix rider dug deep to overhaul Davide Giugliano before taking the lead from Sykes to hold on for an important victory.

“For the championship it was crucial and maybe if it had been earlier in the season I'd have settled for where I was at, but I needed those points,” Laverty said.

Eugene's brother Michael already races in MotoGP, for PBM.


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