'Proud' Laverty seals sixth overall

Eugene Laverty finishes sixth overall in his first season with Aprilia, the Irishman ending the year with a pair of top seven results.
Eugene Laverty feels his upturn of form during the second-half of the 2012 World Superbike Championship gives him a good platform from which to progress next season as he cemented sixth in the overall standings.

Much was expected from the Irishman when it was announced he would switch from Yamaha to Aprilia in 2012, but it took time for Laverty to find his form on the RSV4 with just two podiums the highlight from an indifferent first half of the year.

However, Laverty turned things around during the second-half, finishing all but one race and picking up four further podiums, including his first win at Portimao.

Though seventh and fourth place finishes at the season-ending Magny-Cours event signalled a fairly quiet conclusion to the year, Laverty is confident he will come back stronger in 2013.

“I would like to have finished the season with a podium but nevertheless our pace was very strong today. It's been an up and down year with much of our misfortune happening in the first seven rounds.

“I'm proud of my team for turning around our season and showing our true potential during the final few races. I'm looking forward to continuing with Aprilia for 2013 and I'm confident that we can challenge for the title next year.”

Laverty's performance in the second-half of the year was also instrumental in Aprilia picking up the manufacturers' title over BMW since the Irishman out-scored Biaggi in the final seven events.

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Locky - Unregistered

October 08, 2012 10:36 AM

Let Max have the pipe and slippers and give Eugene the attention he deserves. Aprilia need to up their game too, the results flatter as BMW managed to have both riders crash umpteen times so throwing away the manufacturers title and Kawasaki was essentially a one man team and Ducati used an old model. 2013 will be fun, go Norge.

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