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Parkalgar targets WSBK with Laverty

PTR is working on accquiring the funds it needs to move up to the World Superbike Championship in 2011 with Eugene Laverty.
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 year�s 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.

�Looking ahead as we are now with our 2011 plans we have looked at Moto 2 and World Superbike,� he said. �We 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.

�At 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.

�We have gained some Superbike experience with Guy Martin�s 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.

�In 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 let�s see where we end up.�



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Cubikrube - Unregistered

July 06, 2010 3:48 PM

Raw, i take it you agree it's down to the BHP as opposed to the tyres though? Even if the characteristics of the tyres do differ, 20-30 bhp difference is much more relevant in terms of performance even if you ignore road legal vs slicks. Moto 2 is around 125 bhp and WSS is around 150 bhp from what i've read.

wosideg

July 06, 2010 2:49 PM
Last Edited 571 days ago

The bike he's riding now is faster than a Moto2 bike and with GP going 1000cc, WSBK is the natural feeder..with 200 plus brake and similar electronics. The only negatives I can see are that you're not in the same paddock and WSBK is very competitive, which could mean it takes Eugene longer to get to GP..presuming that's his goal. Surely if he wins WSS600 he will be offered a factory berth? PS. Crash, why delete a perfectly reasonable comment pointing out your "errant" headline mistake, then correct it?.. you sad monkeys..



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