World Superbike star Eugene Laverty will move to MotoGP next season.

The Irishman is yet to name the team he will be joining, but has officially said goodbye to Crescent Suzuki and World Superbike.

"I'd like to thank everyone at Voltcom Crescent Suzuki for all their efforts this season. They're an incredibly hard working team and we share the same desire to win," Laverty said.

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"We started the year fantastically with a win first time out at Phillip Island, something nobody expected us to do. Even if the results haven't always come our way, I've really enjoyed working with the team and the GSX-R, there is so much potential there.

"We still have two rounds remaining and my aim is to climb back up on that rostrum before I move to MotoGP in 2015."

The 28-year-old has been linked with Aspar, Pramac and Forward - with Aspar's Open class Honda his preferred choice.

"For my riding style I've always said I'd like to ride a Honda but I never thought there would be one available," Laverty told at Silverstone. "It's an Open bike, not a Factory bike, but it sounds like next year it'll be pretty damn close and I believe I could be quick on it early on."

The presently underpowered RCV1000R is due to be upgraded next season, when it will use this year's Factory class RC213V engine.

Laverty has won 13 WSBK races for Yamaha, Aprilia and Suzuki, finishing title runner-up in 2013. Younger brother Michael currently races in MotoGP for PBM, but is looking at WSBK and BSB options for next year.

Nicky Hayden, currently being replaced by Leon Camier while recovering from wrist surgery, is due to ride the other Aspar machine in 2015.

Kawasaki WSBK race winner Loris Baz had also reached an agreement to join Aspar next year - if Scott Redding didn't arrive with the RC213V - only for controversy over his height to cast doubt on the deal.

But with Dorna eager to find a fast Frenchman, Baz could well be placed elsewhere on the 2015 MotoGP grid.


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I guess there are two realistic options bearing in mind Miller is likely to go to LCR on a customer Honda.
1. Customer Honda with Aspar as Hayden's team-mate. This would be a bit of a kick in the teeth for Camier though.
2. Gresini / Aprilia as Bautista's team-mate. Eugene still has very good relations with Aprilia although Melandri is also talked about for this ride.
Talk in the paddock seems to be favoring option 1.
We will see.