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|10-02-2014, 07:40 AM||#1|
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Eugene Laverty signs with DRIVE M7 for 2015
The Northern Irish rider will become teammates with the Kentucky Kid
CURRENT World Superbike rider Eugene Laverty will be joining the MotoGP Championship next season with the DRIVE M7 Aspard Team alongside American Nicky Hayden.
It was confirmed by Voltcom Crescent Suzuki a couple of weeks ago that Laverty would be moving to MotoGP next season, but it has only just been announced that the Northern Irish rider will be joining the DRIVE M7 Aspar Team where he is seen as 'a rider with great potential.'
Laverty explained: "I am very excited to take on this new challenge. My greatest wish was to compete in MotoGP and finally it will be granted thanks to the DRIVE M7 Aspar Team.
"I have had to wait quite a long time but finally the chance is here and my dream has become a reality. I learnt a lot the last time I was in the MotoGP paddock, but I was very young back then and I didn't have the right material to succeed."
Continuing, the 28-year-old said: "Now I am coming back in the top category on a competitive bike and with an experienced team. I have had to be patient but now I am ready for this.
"Since moving up to Superbikes I have had to adapt to lots of different bikes and I have won on all of them, which has been a good experience for me. I guess this can be an advantage as I switch categories.
"One of the main reasons I have signed with the DRIVE Aspar Team is because of Jorge and Gino (Borsoi), who are top professionals with huge experience in the best championship in the world. I am sure I will learn a lot from them."
The DRIVE M7 Aspar Team are planning on further development in 2015, but they will also be given a new Honda Production Racer - the RCV213VR-S. Laverty and Hayden will be at the Valencia test in November with the new production bike which will have a factory engine, but no seamless gearbox.
Team manager Jorge Martinez said: "I am sure [Eugene] will continue to develop as a rider and he can bring a lot to this team. He is ready to make the step to MotoGP. Next year we will have a new, more competitive Honda, and I have a lot of hope invested in our MotoGP project. I am sure we will achieve great results together.”
Laverty's older brother Michael is currently riding for Paul Bird Motorsport in MotoGP, but it is still uncertain as to where Michael will be next year.
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