Performance Technical Racing team manager Simon Buckmaster says he would prefer to take Eugene Laverty to the World Superbike Championship in 2011, even if he is yet to rule out a switch to Moto2 either.
PTR, which races under the Parkalgar Honda banner in the World Supersport Championship, has established itself as a front runner in the series since signing Laverty at the start of the 2009 season, the Irishman finishing as runner-up to Cal Crutchlow last year.
Laverty is also leading this yearï¿½s standings following a fifth win of the season at Misano, prompting Buckmaster to consider future options for the both the team and its rider.
Buckmaster has previously suggested he wants to carry on with Laverty in either World Superbikes or Moto2, although it is the former he is now leaning towards as he is confident his rider will be competitive.
ï¿½Looking ahead as we are now with our 2011 plans we have looked at Moto 2 and World Superbike,ï¿½ he said. ï¿½We are working flat out now getting the budget together to take Eugene to the next level. I would love him to stay with our team and take it as a compliment to our whole team that he is really keen to do this if we can sort out the right package together for all of us.
ï¿½At this time we are looking to take him to World Superbike more than Moto 2 as I think he has what it takes to make this step as Cal had done. I know Kenan [Sofuoglu] struggled but Eugene is very good at adapting his style to suit the bike he rides and I believe he will be able to do this on a Superbike quickly.
ï¿½We have gained some Superbike experience with Guy Martinï¿½s TT bike this year and I am very confident we as a team can make the next step up and show well inside the top 10.
ï¿½In Moto 2 it is hard to see where we can get the support to run at the right level to compete at the front with the deals we are looking at now. However I would not completely rule it out yet, watch this space and letï¿½s see where we end up.ï¿½