Eugene Laverty - Q&A

Q: Has a MotoGP ride been included in your talks with Suzuki?
An exclusive interview with World Superbike star Eugene Laverty, present at this weekend's Valencia MotoGP to support his brother Michael...
Tell me about your season?

Eugene Laverty:
The first half of the year was a bit of a disaster. The speed was there but, what I can say, we had five DNFs and that's something that you can't really afford when you're challenging for the championship.
It was almost like you'd win one race and retire from the next.

Eugene Laverty:
Yeah, it was like that and when I look at the rest of the year the last nine races I was on the podium. When I finished a race I think only two of them weren't on the podium. We had two engines go, the suspension broke in one crash, electronic glitch in another and it was just that everything seemed to go wrong in the races and put me in the gravel trap. That was disappointing but we did what we could in the second half of the year but it was too late.
Did you find it hard at any point to keep motivated when you looked at the championship? At one point you were 50 points behind Sykes.

Eugene Laverty:
I don't understand when people say they're struggling for motivation, it doesn't make much sense to me. We're racing motorbikes for a living so why wouldn't you want to go faster! What's the point in riding around slow? The fun part is pushing the limit and trying to win. I don't think that I could ever lose motivation after the two years that I was here in GPs and battling for a point in 250's. I had five points in two years here so I could never struggle for motivation when I'm fighting for a world title.
For next year is the Suzuki deal confirmed?

Eugene Laverty:
It's not confirmed but we're close with it. It looks like a really strong option now but it's been going on for weeks and I really want to get something signed and be secure. It's already November so I want to know what I'm doing next year. We'll get something sorted soon.
Has a MotoGP ride been included in your talks with them?

Eugene Laverty:
Not on paper but that's the intention. We've had talks about that as well and had contact with Japan so that's the intention. I want to come back to MotoGP but only if it's right. I want to stay patient. There was an opportunity to come back this year, last year and just about every year the last few years. I knocked them back because when I come here it has to be right. I don't want to just be part of the show, I did that before and there's no fun in that. The fun is winning and doing your best and unless I feel like I can come here and be competitive I'll wait.
Do you look at that after the two years here on uncompetitive machinery that you can't afford to come back on a machine that wouldn't be capable of letting you show your potential?

Eugene Laverty:
That's exactly it. When I come back it has to be 100% right. We were close with this Ducati deal and things were starting to look good but it wasn't all in place. Maybe another rider would have taken the chance but I've been here before and been burned once so I know that all the boxes have to be ticked. You're riding against the best riders in the world with the best machinery so how can you beat them if you don't have the same kit? Everything has to be right so I'll keep plugging away and if I can keep doing what I've been doing and getting the results hopefully the right door will open.

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November 12, 2013 11:18 AM

I mentioned the engine limit previously as well as an issue for Aprilia, sure Gigi might have had that in mind too lol. Biaggi used 40+ engines in his last year.....40+ ffs! That's crazy. I do like Eugene...whereas i have really grown to dislike Melandri, dirty rider with no respect for anyone. Oh and pass of the year has to go to Eugene when he got Melandri back round the outside of the last corner after having a really dirty move pulled on him about two laps earlier by MM

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