WorldSBK 2019: Laverty jumps from Aprilia to Ducati !
After two frustrating seasons on an RSV4 prepared by the SMR team, Eugene Laverty almost ended up on foot in 2019. Fortunately, the Go Eleven team made him a tempting proposition: ride a Ducati Panigale V4 R ! Irishman could hardly refuse…
Eugene Laverty can breathe: he will keep his place in the World Superbike next year. The three-time vice-world champion (Supersport en and, Superbike en) will even ride one of the most anticipated motorcycles of the 2019 season: the !
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Since leaving the World Supersport, Eugene Laverty has rode his bump quite a bit … and rode many 1000 cc 4-cylinder V-shaped motorcycles! If we exclude the – partially due to its asynchronous "Crossplane" setting – in 2011 and the in 2014, it has only experienced that…
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For the record, Laverty drove a factory in WorldSBK and (this second season being undoubtedly the best of his career to date), then a Honda RC213V-RS and a Ducati Desmocedici GP14 in MotoGP, before .
After a first year of rehabilitation and hard work within the SMR Aprilia team (10th in), the Irish "elf" thought he could compete for the victory with Kawasaki and Ducati – not to mention the Yamaha – in … Alas, a bad fall at the start of the year slowed it down considerably.
On his return from injury, the n ° 50 (yes, like Guintoli) quickly managed to improve his results, even climbing twice on the podium in Laguna Seca (USA) and then in Misano (Italy). Too late unfortunately to ensure an official handlebars…
For its part, the Go Eleven team had a very disappointing season: at the helm of the only team, Roman Ramos scored only 65 points in 2018, or about half as much as in 2017 (118). Sixteenth in the world ranking, the sympathetic Spanish n ° 40 logically had to give way to Laverty.
Eighth in the same WSBK championship, "Youdjine" was able to count on his solid record in World Superbike to win: in 151 starts he climbed on 35 podiums, including 13 times on the top step. Another asset: his greatest aura with fans … and Ducati officials ?! It also helps, yes.
Eugene Laverty, Ducati n ° 50:
"I am delighted to join Team Go Eleven to ride the new Ducati Panigale V4 R in 2019! The last five weeks have been a stressful time, so it’s great to ensure a competitive handlebars at the end of the day. The support de Ducati is reassuring and I am confident: we will have equipment capable of fighting for victory next season. Thanks to Denis Sacchetti and all the members of the Go Eleven team for placing their trust in me! "
Denis Sacchetti, Team manager:
"I am very excited and happy, we worked hard for this project and in the end we did it! Ducati is every rider’s Italian dream, I saw the bike and it is awesome! After the first test, the pilots expressed only positive opinions and praise. Laverty is a very good pilot whom I admire and esteem very much. It is an honor and a great chance to be able to work with him, I think this year we will have a lot to learn and to entertain. I immediately found common ground with Eugene, intentions are common, I felt in him the desire and the right motivation to accept such a big challenge. I can’t wait to start! "
Gianni Ramello, boss of Go Eleven:
"These were days of intense negotiations but we can finally say that we are riding with the prestigious Italian brand! Ducati has always been a symbol in the world of competition and it is now up to us not to disappoint the Borgo Panigale brand and the fans. It is with great satisfaction that we signed the contract with Eugene Laverty, a driver of great experience, fast and already a winner. With him, we put the icing on the cake! "
"Eugene believed in our project and in our growth: not all runners of this caliber would have accepted the offer of a private team and come back to the game! We will have a great responsibility, it is a new experience for us, a crowning of 10 years of commitment to the Superbike World Championship. I have to personally thank Ducati Corse, Paolo Ciabatti and Luigi Dall’Igna who worked a lot to get us a motorcycle. We will do our best not to have them. disappoint! "
"I would also like to thank Dorna and Gregorio Lavilla who gave us the desire and believed in our desire to make this qualitative leap. A big thank you also to Kawasaki, a brand for which we have been riding for 8 years. But, as often, , you have to try new roads and new emotions, it’s part of the DNA of the race. It’s never a farewell, we have other things planned. It is with regret that I have to say goodbye and thank Roman (Ramos), a really nice and simple guy, a great pilot who brought us enormous satisfaction. Unfortunately it was not possible to keep him with us, I would have done it with pleasure, I have always had a special feeling towards him. The team does not forget that and it does not say that in the near future our paths will cross again: it will be my personal commitment. I wish him the best of luck, he deserve, with all my heart! "
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