Eugene Laverty

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Eugene Laverty
Eugene Laverty in Parc Fermé, Silverstone 2012.jpg
Nationality Northern Irish
Born (1986-06-03) June 3, 1986 (age 28)
Toomebridge, Northern Ireland
Current team Voltcom Crescent Suzuki
Bike number 58
Website eugenelaverty.com
Motorcycle racing career statistics
250cc World Championship
Active years 2007-2008
Manufacturers Aprilia
2008 Championship position 21st (8 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
29 0 0 0 0 14
125cc World Championship
Active years 2004
Manufacturers Honda
2004 Championship position Not Classified
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
1 0 0 0 0 0
Superbike World Championship
Active years 2011-present
Manufacturers Yamaha, Aprilia
2012 Championship position 6th (263.5 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
55 4 14 0 2 611.5
Supersport World Championship
Active years 2008-2010
Manufacturers Honda, Yamaha
Championships 0
2010 Championship position 2nd (252 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
29 12 19 6 6 508

Eugene Laverty (born 3 June 1986 in Toomebridge, Northern Ireland) is a professional motorcycle road racer, the brother of Michael and John. In 2008 he had competed in both the 250cc World Championship and the World Supersport series, he then went on to be runner up in the World Supersport Championship in both 2009 and the 2010 seasons.

In 2011 he moved up to the World Superbike Championship with the factory Yamaha World Superbike team [1] alongside former Moto GP rider Marco Melandri. On May 8 he won his first World Superbike race at Monza and went on to complete the double in race two.[2] For 2012 he moved to the Aprillia Racing Team and has been racing the Aprillia RSV4 alongside Max Biaggi, ending the championship in 6th position and is competing for the 2013 championship in the same team alongside Sylvain Guintoli.

Early days[edit]

Laverty was runner up in the 2004 British 125cc Championship. He had a successful year in 2006 aboard the Dunlop shod Red Bull Honda CBR600RR. He was a top challenger for the British Supersport title, but finished third overall behind Cal Crutchlow and Tom Sykes, with four wins.[3] He had previously finished 9th overall as a series rookie in 2005.

250cc Grands Prix 2007-2008[edit]

For 2007, he raced in the 250cc Grand Prix World Championship for LCR Honda[4] finishing in 25th place overall with a best result of 14th. A strong run at Barcelona produced no points due to an engine problem.[5]

For 2008 it was expected that he would go back to Britain and further his career in Supersports or Superbikes, but he was signed by Blusens Aprilia on December 18 to continue to race in 250cc with privateer motorcycles.[6] He scored points in China and Portugal, but at Le Mans he crashed at the one remaining wet corner as the circuit dried.[7]

World Supersport Championship 2008-2010[edit]

Plans for him to make his World Superbike debut later that year[8] were scrapped when Chris Walker joined the team full-time, but he instead joined the factory Yamaha team in World Supersport as a temporary replacement for the injured Fabien Foret. Despite riding injured following a crash at the 2008 Indianapolis motorcycle Grand Prix a week earlier, he moved up from an early 7th to battle championship leader Andrew Pitt and team-mate Broc Parkes for 2nd. Parkes got the better of him, but he finished on the podium after surviving contact with Pitt which eliminated the Honda rider. He decided before this race to end his 250cc season, and focus on a full-time WSS ride for 2009.[9]

The young Irish man signed with the Parkalgar Honda World Supersport team for the 2009 season.[10] On March 14, 2009 Laverty won his first Supersport World Championship race at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar, narrowly beating Ten Kate Racing's Andrew Pitt to the chequered flag. His win was also the first for the Parkalgar Honda team. He stacked up three more wins and four second places to finish as series runner-up behind Yamaha rider Cal Crutchlow - ending Ten Kate's run of being the top Honda team for many years.

World Superbike Championship 2011[edit]

Laverty, on his Yamaha World Superbike, won his first World Superbike race at Monza on May 8, 2011. Eugene, who rides under the Irish flag, stood proudly as his national anthem was played just after race one (of two) at the famous Italian track.[11] Later that afternoon, Laverty completed the double by winning race two, with fellow Yamaha teammate Marco Melandri taking second spot[12]

Career statistics[edit]

Grand Prix motorcycle racing[edit]

By season[edit]

Season Class Moto Races Win Podiums Pole FLap Pts Position
2004 125cc Honda 1 0 0 0 0 0 N/A
2007 250cc Honda 17 0 0 0 0 6 25th
2008 250cc Aprilia 12 0 0 0 0 8 21st
Total 30 0 0 0 0 14

By class[edit]

Class Season 1st Race 1st Pod 1st Win Races Wins Podiums Pole FLap Pts WChmp
125 cc 2004 2004 Great Britain 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
250 cc 2007–2008 2007 Qatar 29 0 0 0 0 14 0
Total 2004, 2007–2008 30 0 0 0 0 14

Races by year[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)(Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Yr Class Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pos Pts
2004 125cc Honda RSA SPA FRA ITA CAT NED BRA GER GBR
25
CZE POR JPN QAT MAL AUS VAL NC 0
2007 250cc Honda QAT
18
SPA
14
TUR
17
CHN
17
FRA
15
ITA
20
CAT
19
GBR
Ret
NED
21
GER
Ret
CZE
Ret
RSM
15
POR
14
JPN
19
AUS
16
MAL
17
VAL
21
25th 6
2008 250cc Aprilia QAT
Ret
SPA
Ret
POR
15
CHN
13
FRA
Ret
ITA
13
CAT
Ret
GBR
Ret
NED
16
GER
15
CZE
16
RSM
Ret
IND
DNS
JPN AUS MAL VAL 21st 8

Supersport World Championship[edit]

By season[edit]

Season Moto Races Win Podiums Pole FLap Pts Position
2008 Yamaha 2 0 1 0 0 20 21st
2009 Honda 14 4 8 1 1 236 2nd
2010 Honda 13 8 10 5 5 252 2nd
Total 29 12 19 6 6 508

Races by year[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Pos Pts
2008 Yamaha QAT AUS SPA NED ITA GER SMR CZE GBR EUR
12
ITA
3
FRA POR 21st 20
2009 Honda AUS
5
QAT
1
SPA
9
NED
1
ITA
4
RSA
1
USA
2
SMR
2
GBR
5
CZE
5
GER
2
ITA
2
FRA
13
POR
1
2nd 236
2010 Honda AUS
1
POR
11
SPA
5
NED
1
ITA
1
RSA
1
USA
2
SMR
1
CZE
Ret
GBR
1
GER
1
ITA
3
FRA
1
2nd 252

Superbike World Championship[edit]

By season[edit]

Season Moto Races Win Podiums Pole FLap Pts Position
2011 Yamaha 26 2 6 0 0 303 4th
2012 Aprilia 27 1 6 0 1 263.5 6th
2013 Aprilia 27 9 18 3 3 424 2nd
2014 Suzuki 2 1 1 0 0 25* 5th*
Total 82 13 31 3 4 1015.5
  • * Season in progress.

Races by year[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Pos Pts
R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2
2011 Yamaha AUS
4
AUS
15
EUR
Ret
EUR
14
NED
7
NED
6
ITA
1
ITA
1
USA
5
USA
4
SMR
5
SMR
13
SPA
4
SPA
6
CZE
5
CZE
5
GBR
2
GBR
2
GER
4
GER
5
ITA
5
ITA
4
FRA
5
FRA
3
POR
19
POR
2
4th 303
2012 Aprilia AUS
Ret
AUS
8
ITA
5
ITA
6
NED
5
NED
3
ITA
C
ITA
3
EUR
15
EUR
Ret
USA
5
USA
6
SMR
7
SMR
Ret
SPA
5
SPA
2
CZE
5
CZE
5
GBR
10
GBR
4
RUS
4
RUS
Ret
GER
2
GER
2
POR
13
POR
1
FRA
7
FRA
4
6th 263.5
2013 Aprilia AUS
2
AUS
1
SPA
NC
SPA
Ret
NED
4
NED
1
ITA
3
ITA
1
GBR
7
GBR
3
POR
Ret
POR
1
ITA
3
ITA
Ret
RUS
Ret
RUS
C
GBR
2
GBR
3
GER
15
GER
2
TUR
1
TUR
1
USA
3
USA
1
FRA
3
FRA
2
SPA
1
SPA
1
2nd 424
2014 Suzuki AUS
1
AUS
Ret
SPA
5
SPA
6
NED
Ret
NED
Ret
ITA
7
ITA
9
GBR
Ret
GBR
13
MAL
3
MAL
7
SMR
9
SMR
7
POR
8
POR
9
USA
Ret
USA
4
SPA
SPA
FRA
FRA
RSA
RSA
QAT
QAT
9th* 134*
  • * Season in progress.

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