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Spain WSBK: Laverty signs off in style as future remains uncertain

If Eugene Laverty is still seeking a ride for 2014, his double victory from pole position at Jerez will no doubt help his cause...
Eugene Laverty refused to be drawn on his future plans after concluding his 2013 World Superbike Championship campaign in comprehensive fashion with two wins from pole position.

Achieving both successes were in two very different manners after an outstanding last corner pass on Marco Melandri for the win in race one was followed by a more dominant win in race two, Laverty was understandably thrilled to end the year so convincingly.

It means Laverty ends the season with nine wins to his name – the same as new champion Tom Sykes – and the runners-up spot in the standings, ahead of Aprilia Racing team-mate Sylvain Guintoli.

Indeed, though he is frustrated that five DNFs earlier in the same proved rather costly in the eventual 23 point margin between himself and Sykes, Laverty is nonetheless pleased with his season.

“Those were two very different wins, he said. “The second one was definitely easier because I was able to create a gap in front of Tom after overtaking, whereas in race one the battle took place all within a few metres. I'm quite pleased with this double win. It's a result that confirms our potential along with the string of podiums at the end of the season.

“It's a shame we lost some important points at the beginning of the year, but I don't like to whinge or make excuses. In any case finishing second in the rider championship with more wins than the rest is an excellent result and so is the Manufacturer Title for Aprilia.”

Laverty's result comes amidst speculation regarding his future, not least whether he will be racing in World Superbikes or MotoGP next season, with recent rumours putting him on a Pramac Ducati in the latter series for 2014.

Laverty did confirm, however, that he won't be staying with Aprilia for next season during the post-race paddock show. Prompting boos amongst his fans in the crowd, Laverty laughed off the reaction before admitting it 'sums up how he feels about it as well'.

He also touched on his opinion of former team-mate – and rumoured Aprilia successor - Marco Melandri following their battle in race one, the Italian planting a rather aggressive overtake for the lead on the penultimate lap that sent both to the outer limits of the circuit.

Though Laverty responded with his extraordinary last corner pass, the Irishman admits he was happy to be sat with 'the two most respectful guys of the top four' come the end of the day…



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Laverty, Melandri and Sykes, WSB race1, Jerez WSBK 2013
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Laverty, Melandri and Sykes, WSB race1, Jerez WSBK 2013
Laverty, WSB race1, Jerez WSBK 2013
Laverty, Jerez WSBK 2013
Laverty, WSB race1, Jerez WSBK 2013
Guintoli, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
Guintoli, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
Rea, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
Rea, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
Rea, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
Rea, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
Rea, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
Rea, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
Sykes, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
Sykes, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
Guintoli, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
Sykes, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014

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