Voltcom Crescent Suzuki team manager Paul Denning says he would like to retain his current rider line-up of Eugene Laverty and Alex Lowes for the 2015 World Superbike Championship.
A new rider pairing for the 2014 season, Laverty came to Suzuki having won eight races en route to second in the 2013 WSBK standings, while Lowes stepped up to the world stage after winning the British Superbike Championship.
However, though Suzuki began the season in style with Laverty claiming victory at Phillip Island, fortunes have fluctuated since, with the two riders picking up just four podiums after nine rounds. Heading into the summer break Laverty and Lowes are classified ninth and 11th overall.
Despite this, Denning is pleased with the quality of his rider line-up and is keen to retain them, confirming that Suzuki has an option to retain Lowes. Laverty, meanwhile, is on a single-year agreement and has previously revealed he has been in talks to race in MotoGP next season, but Denning is also keen to keep the Irishman should he wish to stay.
“Eugene is on a simple year agreement, whereas with Alex as a team we have the right to extend the agreement into the second year if we wish to," he told the official WSBK website. "As it sits right now we could do a lot worse than keeping the same two riders. Alex is in his rookie year so there has been a lot to learn and when things have been right he's shown a superb level of speed.
“Eugene has clearly race winning credential and championship challenging abilities so second year same team, knowing the bike knowing the strong and weak points, that would be the strongest situation. It's going to be a matter of Eugene's side opportunities he might have elsewhere and also if we have the budget to do it properly. We will do our best to put everything together and be as strong as we can.”