Eugene Laverty will be out of action for round five of the 2021 WorldSBK championship this weekend as his RC Squadra Corse BMW team have withdrawn. 

The unfortunate news adds to what’s been an already disappointing opening four rounds for the Irishman. 

The reason for the team’s absence has been cited as ‘internal reasons’ as they aim to provide a more competitive package upon their return - yet to be confirmed whether that will be at the new Autodrom Most, Czech Republic - round six. 

Team Manager, Roberto Perego added: "We are so sorry, and it was a hard decision, but we decided not to attend the Assen round due to internal reasons. 

"We are at the beginning of our project, and we are working hard on a restructure internally. We are very disappointed about this absence since it would have been an Important opportunity with BMW Motorrad and Eugene. 

"We will use the break to be better organised, to be competitive, as we deserve, in WorldSBK."

It means BMW are down from four riders to three with Tom Sykes, Michael Van Der Mark and Jonas Folger all set for action.  

BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director, Marc Bongers, also spoke about the decision by saying: "We are looking forward to the Assen weekend and also to the enthusiastic Dutch fans, who are sure to generate a great atmosphere once again at the TT Circuit. 

"We deeply regret that RC Squadra Corse is unable to participate at Assen and we hope to see them back on the track again soon."