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Eugene Laverty - Q&A

“My aim is to win the WSBK championship and when that's achieved I would like to try a good MotoGP ride. Cal Crutchlow's doing a great job and has shown it's possible” - Eugene Laverty
By Christian Tiburtius

Crash.net caught up with Aprilia World Superbike star Eugene Laverty to talk about his career, season and racing in general.

Laverty - a former 250GP rider and WSS title contender - took his fourth victory of the season last time at Portimao and is firmly in the WSBK championship fight, behind only team-mate Sylvain Guintoli and Kawasaki's Tom Sykes...

Crash.net:
Where are you at the moment, in Ireland?

Eugene Laverty:
No I live in Monaco actually, it's a better climate!

Crash.net:
Is it true you have a twin?

Eugene Laverty:
Yeah, most people know me, Michael and John but most don't know I've got a twin brother in Toomebridge. There's actually four boys and two girls. It's only us three boys who are into racing though.

Crash.net:
Did you get into racing last as the youngest?

Eugene Laverty:
Yeah, pretty much. Michael and John are closer in age and they were riding and they put me on a bike when I was no age at all as elder brothers tend to do. I was riding bikes as long as I can remember. I can't remember when I first got onto a bike, it was probably directly after my first push bike with stabilisers. That meant I could start leaning.

Crash.net:
In the early days with three brothers racing, that must have been pretty expensive?

Eugene Laverty:
Yes, it was difficult and my mum and dad put a lot into us. My father's in engineering and he basically had to work around the clock to get us to the British championship. We had to go across on the ferry from Northern Ireland to Scotland, drive down on a Thursday and then back on a Sunday night and straight back to work on a Monday morning. It was hard work. When you're starting out there's not much money around, there were sponsors, but most was funded by ourselves.

Crash.net:
Why didn't you take part in the Northern Irish road racing scene?

Eugene Laverty:
I don't see myself road racing, it's a different discipline. Some people enjoy it, it's not for me though, it's very dangerous. I enjoy watching it though.

Also when road racing you can't ride to the limit like you can on circuits. I like riding right to the limit and pushing the bike there also. I enjoy the short nature of the lap time of 1.5 to 2 minutes and just trying to chase perfection, trying to get every sector perfect. In road racing you just don't get that opportunity.

Crash.net:
'Chasing perfection' is that where your pleasure lies in racing?

Eugene Laverty:
Yes, a lot of riders don't enjoy testing, I enjoy it though. Just circulating that one lap trying to hit that same piece of tarmac inch perfect lap on lap. I can do it in different sectors to within a few hundredths of a second and I enjoy it, it gives me pleasure.

Crash.net:
Do you like getting involved in the mechanics and data of the bike or do you leave that to your crew?

Eugene Laverty:
That's a big part of it, the rider has to be involved if you're going to maximise your situation. There are plenty of rider engineers around who might get too involved, I do what I need to do to make me faster. I need to be involved in what I understand and your crew and crew chief are there to help you make the best of the rest of your situation.

Crash.net:
Are you more comfortable scrapping or leading?

Eugene Laverty:



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mrreferee

June 19, 2013 11:45 AM

Thanks Crash. Nice to see some quality journalism with your interview of Eugene and story on Chaz. Both of these guys are true riders and gentlemen. Pleasure to have met and chatted to both. Would be great if Crash did a quality story on a different rider each week (not just the British / Irish guys), and let some of our lounge chair racers know the full story behind some of these riders. might stop them being d*ckheads (as Eugene calls them) and have them understand that if a rider does tell it like it is he is not making excuses! Have a good weekend at Imola Norge - see you at S'stone.



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