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Double winner Laverty ‘on the lookout for a new job’

15 September 2013

On the day he picked up a dominant double victory at Istanbul Park, Eugene Laverty has seemingly revealed that he won't be continuing with Aprilia in WSBK next season after suggesting he is 'looking for a new job'.

The Irishman has been the subject of speculation in recent weeks regarding his whereabouts for 2014.

And with numerous sources claiming that Marco Melandri is Aprilia-bound for 2014, Laverty's tweet suggests he could be forced to make way for the Italian.

“DOUBLE VICTORY!! So pleased to win both races here in Istanbul to put us back into the title fight. Strange feeling though to win both races and to be on the lookout for a new job. Anyone out there need a fast employee for 2014?”

Aprilia is yet to confirm its firm plans for the 2014 motorcycling season, with rumours suggesting they will respond to forthcoming regulation changes by stepping back from their full scale factory support of the World Superbike team in favour of setting up a 'de facto' works-backed satellite team, as Ducati did with Althea Racing in 2011.

Aprilia are also planning a more concerted MotoGP effort with Aspar, which Nicky Hayden is tipped to headline - but Laverty is also being mentioned as a potential 2014 Aspar rider. Michael Laverty, Eugene's brother, races in MotoGP for PBM.

Laverty's message comes as his double win in Turkey hauls him back into WSBK title contention, 26 points behind Tom Sykes and now ahead of Melandri.


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