Laverty admits Aprilia team orders

Eugene Laverty confirms he was told to hand over his podium finish to Max Biaggi in the first World Superbike race at the Moscow Raceway.
Eugene Laverty has admitted he ceded an almost certain podium finish in the first World Superbike Championship race to team-mate Max Biaggi before a similar result in race two was scuppered by a crash just corners from the chequered flag.

A frustrating race day for the Irishman, Laverty ran inside the top three of both races for much of the day, but tyre wear issues in the first race would see him drop away from the rostrum fight in the closing laps.

Despite this, Laverty looked set to regain third place after Chaz Davies and Leon Haslam collided ahead of him late on, only to be told by the Aprilia team to move over and allow following team-mate Biaggi through into third place.

Looking to make amends in race two, Laverty found himself in the heat of a tight scrap for second place and was running third with just two corners remaining when he high-sided out of turn 14. Collecting the close-following Jonathan Rea, Laverty was unable to get going again, forcing him into retirement.

Taking to his Twitter account to confirm the team orders, he also took the time to apologise to Rea for involving him in his race two accident.

“You all know what happened in race one,” he said. “My podium at Silverstone was taken away and in Moscow I gave it away.

“Then in race two I threw a podium away within sight of the finish. I had no rear grip and it finally let, go gosh darn it. Sorry Jonathan Rea and the whole of Northern Ireland for taking both your contingents out of the fight for the podium!” [sic]

Tagged as: Aprilia , Eugene Laverty , Moscow

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August 27, 2012 7:54 AM

How sad... Imagine Biaggi ACTUALLY having to win a championship on his own.... Hopefully this sheds some light on Camier's experience at Aprilia... He was judged really harshly by the public, but if they are running team orders (as most expected) and Laverty has now confirmed, then I guess there is no winning...

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August 27, 2012 11:57 AM

@rossi lover How did laverty ruin the racing? Its up to whoever is behind to pass if they can. What do you expect him to do, pull over because there is someone putting pressure or quicker behind him. laverty was involved in a few of the better bits of racing yesterday, with rea and sykes towards the end of race two.(ya he fell but s#it happens) and if you look at the lap times he was on the pace most of the way through the race. for the last half of race two he was closing the gap back up to melandri and sykes. To say he ruined the racing would make me think that maybe you have some sort of grudge against him?

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