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Laverty saddened by Yamaha quit announcement

Eugene Laverty and Marco Melandri admits sadness at the withdrawal of Yamaha from the World Superbike Championship

Eugene Laverty has said he is saddened by the announcement that Yamaha is to withdraw its factory team from the World Superbike Championship at the end of the current season.

Despite a strong showing for both Laverty and team-mate Marco Melandri at Silverstone over the weekend, Yamaha confirmed yesterday that it will lave the series at the end of 2011 – meaning there will be no 'works' representation for the Japanese brand on the grid next year.

Having been given the chance to step into WSBK this season on the back of two seasons running at the front in World Supersport, Laverty now finds himself without a ride for next year despite having signed a two-year contract and he admitted he was surprised by the announcement that Yamaha is to call it a day.

“Today's news of Yamaha pulling out of WSB came as a shock to me as well,” he revealed to his followers on Twitter. “Really disappointing for the entire team - a great bunch of guys.”

Melandri, who had recently suggested that he could be closing in a deal to re-sign with the factory team for another season, also used Twitter to reveal his own sadness with the announcement once it was made public.

“Long day, feel tired and sad, need a big sleep,” he wrote. “Tomorrow is another day…”



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Don-R

August 02, 2011 11:33 AM

Bad news for Eugene in particular, as I'm sure he had his eye on an eventual promotion to MotoGP with Yamaha. Maybe Moto2 would be a better option for him now? He knows the tracks, is pretty handy on a 600, and could bring himself to the the attention of MotoGP team managers more quickly. I'm sure he'll do well wherever he goes because he's a very versatile rider.

Jlo is Ignorant - Unregistered

August 02, 2011 12:05 PM

@Jlo Dude have u ever watched a superbike race....?....Ducati wins cuz of pure talent and determination of checa....Watch the Ducati Althea boss saying that its is 12Kmph down the straight line speed of Yamaha & Aprillia....and accelerates very less than any other superbike even worse than a Alstare Suzuki... DUCATI'S rae L-Twins and has 200cc more to keep up with the top speeds of Japanese Inline 4s...the ducati 2 cylinder vs Japs 4 cylinder would be a huge disaster for ducati if it has same engine capacity as the Japanese inline 4s.



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