Eugene Laverty

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Eugene Laverty
Eugene Laverty in Parc Fermé, Silverstone 2012.jpg
Laverty in 2012
NationalityNorthern Irish
Born (1986-06-03) 3 June 1986 (age 32)
Toomebridge, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Current teamTeam Go Eleven
Bike number50
Websiteelaverty.com
Motorcycle racing career statistics
MotoGP World Championship
Active years20152016
ManufacturersHonda, Ducati
Championships0
2016 championship position13th (77 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
36 0 0 0 0 86
250cc World Championship
Active years20072008
ManufacturersHonda, Aprilia
Championships0
2008 championship position21st (8 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
29 0 0 0 0 14
125cc World Championship
Active years2004
ManufacturersHonda
Championships0
2004 championship positionNC (0 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
1 0 0 0 0 0
Superbike World Championship
Active years20112014, 2017
ManufacturersYamaha, Aprilia, Suzuki, Ducati
Championships0
2018 championship position8th (158 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
151 13 35 3 5 1466.5
Supersport World Championship
Active years20082010
ManufacturersYamaha, Honda
Championships0
2010 championship position2nd (252 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
29 12 19 6 6 508

Eugene Laverty (born 3 June 1986) is a professional motorcycle road racer from Northern Ireland, the brother of Michael and John. For 2019 he is contracted to ride in the Superbike World Championship for Team Go Eleven on a Ducati Panigale.[1]

In 2017 and 2018 Laverty competed in the World Superbikes aboard an Aprilia RSV4, before losing his position within the Shaun Muir Racing team to former Kawasaki rider Tom Sykes.[1]

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 Supersport World Championship in both 2009 and 2010.

In 2011 he moved up to the Superbike World Championship with the factory Yamaha World Superbike team,[2] alongside former MotoGP rider Marco Melandri. On 8 May he won his first World Superbike race at Monza and went on to complete the double in race two.[3] For 2012 he moved to the Aprilia Racing Team and has been racing the Aprilia RSV4 alongside Max Biaggi, ending the championship in 6th position and competed for the 2013 championship in the same team alongside Sylvain Guintoli.

Career[edit]

Early days[edit]

Born in Toomebridge, Northern Ireland, 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.[4] 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[5] finishing in 25th place overall with a best result of 14th. A strong run at Barcelona produced no points due to an engine problem.[6]

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 18 December to continue to race in 250cc with privateer motorcycles.[7] He scored points in China and Portugal, but at Le Mans he crashed at the one remaining wet corner as the circuit dried.[8]

Supersport World Championship 2008–2010[edit]

Plans for him to make his World Superbike debut later that year[9] 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 teammate 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.[10]

The young Irish man signed with the Parkalgar Honda World Supersport team for the 2009 season.[11] On 14 March 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.

Superbike World Championship 2011–2014[edit]

Laverty, on his Yamaha World Superbike, won his first Superbike World Championship race at Monza on 8 May 2011. Eugene stood proudly as his national anthem was played just after race one.[12] Later that afternoon, Laverty completed the double by winning race two, with fellow Yamaha teammate Marco Melandri taking second spot.[13] For 2012 Laverty rode a factory-specification Aprilia, partnering Max Biaggi.

MotoGP 2015–2016[edit]

For the 2015 season, Laverty moved to MotoGP with the Aspar Racing Team, riding a Honda RC213V-RS open-specification motorcycle. He finished the season in 22nd place in the riders' championship standings, with a best result of 12th in Catalunya.[14]

Laverty remained with the team – now riding Ducati Desmosedici GP14.2 motorcycles – for the 2016 season, where he partnered Yonny Hernández.[15] In Argentina, he achieved his best results in MotoGP career with 4th place.

Career statistics[edit]

Grand Prix motorcycle racing[edit]

By season[edit]

Season Class Motorcycle Team Races Win Podiums Pole FLap Pts Position
2004 125cc Honda Red Bull Rookies Honda 1 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2007 250cc Honda Honda LCR 17 0 0 0 0 6 25th
2008 250cc Aprilia Blusens Aprilia 12 0 0 0 0 8 21st
2015 MotoGP Honda Aspar MotoGP Team 18 0 0 0 0 9 22nd
2016 MotoGP Ducati Pull & Bear Aspar Team 18 0 0 0 0 77 13th
Total 66 0 0 0 0 100

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
MotoGP 2015–2016 2015 Qatar 36 0 0 0 0 86 0
Total 2004, 2007–2008, 2015–2016 66 0 0 0 0 100

Races by year[edit]

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

Year Class Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 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
16
GBR
Ret
NED
16
GER
15
CZE
16
RSM
Ret
IND
C
JPN AUS MAL VAL 21st 8
2015 MotoGP Honda QAT
18
AME
16
ARG
17
SPA
18
FRA
14
ITA
15
CAT
12
NED
Ret
GER
17
IND
19
CZE
Ret
GBR
17
RSM
19
ARA
14
JPN
17
AUS
19
MAL
19
VAL
Ret
22nd 9
2016 MotoGP Ducati QAT
12
ARG
4
AME
12
SPA
9
FRA
11
ITA
13
CAT
13
NED
7
GER
11
AUT
18
CZE
6
GBR
12
RSM
14
ARA
14
JPN
Ret
AUS
14
MAL
12
VAL
16
13th 77

Supersport World Championship[edit]

By season[edit]

Season Moto Team Races Win Podiums Pole FLap Pts Position
2008 Yamaha Yamaha World Supersport 2 0 1 0 0 20 21st
2009 Honda Parkalgar Honda 14 4 8 1 1 236 2nd
2010 Honda Parkalgar 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 Team Races Win Podiums Pole FLap Pts Position
2011 Yamaha Yamaha World Superbike Team 26 2 6 0 0 303 4th
2012 Aprilia Aprilia Racing Team 27 1 6 0 1 263.5 6th
2013 Aprilia Aprilia Racing Team 27 9 19 2 4 424 2nd
2014 Suzuki Voltcom Crescent Suzuki 24 1 2 0 0 161 10th
2017 Aprilia Milwaukee Aprilia 26 0 0 0 0 157 10th
2018 Aprilia Milwaukee Aprilia 21 0 2 1 0 158 8th
Total 151 13 35 3 5 1466.5

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
ITA
9
ITA
7
POR
8
POR
9
USA
Ret
USA
4
SPA
6
SPA
6
FRA
19
FRA
Ret
QAT
9
QAT
Ret
10th 161
2017 Aprilia AUS
8
AUS
10
THA
Ret
THA
15
SPA
8
SPA
9
NED
8
NED
8
ITA
NC
ITA
7
GBR
13
GBR
Ret
ITA
6
ITA
5
USA
Ret
USA
6
GER
10
GER
Ret
POR
7
POR
4
FRA
6
FRA
17
SPA
8
SPA
Ret
QAT
4
QAT
7
10th 157
2018 Aprilia AUS
8
AUS
15
THA
9
THA
Ret
SPA SPA NED NED ITA
12
ITA
9
GBR
6
GBR
Ret
CZE
6
CZE
4
USA
4
USA
3
ITA
3
ITA
8
POR
Ret
POR
7
FRA
9
FRA
11
ARG
5
ARG
Ret
QAT
4
QAT
C
8th 158

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Eugene Laverty secures spot in World Superbikes for 2019 Belfast Telegraph, 24 November 2018. Retrieved 5 January 2019
  2. ^ "Laverty graduates to WSBK with Yamaha". crash.net. Crash Media Group. 10 September 2010. Retrieved 10 September 2010.
  3. ^ http://www.motorcyclenews.com/MCN/sport/sportresults/World-Superbikes/2011/May/may0811-monza-laverty-does-double/
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 October 2006. Retrieved 24 May 2008.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ http://www.crash.net/motorsport/motogp/feature/11078-0/qa_eugene_laverty.html
  6. ^ http://www.bikehq.co.uk/news/article/7,257/Eugene-Laverty-MotoGP-race-report/
  7. ^ http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/06122007/58/season-2008-250s-blusens-ride-laverty.html
  8. ^ "Laverty fails to finish 250 race". BBC News. 18 May 2008.
  9. ^ http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/10072008/23/laverty-wsbk-debut.html
  10. ^ http://www.crash.net/motorsport/motogp/news/169340-0/250__laverty_quits_blusens_to_seek_wss_fortune.html
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 September 2012. Retrieved 3 November 2008.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "Laverty takes famous first WSBK race win". Superbike World Championship. Dorna Sports. 8 May 2011. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  13. ^ Marsden, Liam (8 May 2011). "Laverty does the double". Motor Cycle News. Bauer Media Group. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  14. ^ "Jorge Lorenzo beats Valentino Rossi". BBC Sport. BBC. 14 June 2015. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  15. ^ "Aspar MotoGP team swaps Honda for Ducati, keeps Laverty for 2016". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. 17 October 2015. Retrieved 7 February 2016.

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