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Rider: Eugene Laverty
Team: Aprilia Racing
Machine: Aprilia RSV4 1000F (#58)
Born: June 3, 1986 Toomebridge, Ireland
Hailing from northern Ireland, Eugene Laverty was born with racing in his blood. Eugene’s older brothers Michael and John Laverty have both emerged as part of a dynasty in British Superbike, with the trio all getting their start in the 125cc British series. In 2001 at the age of 15, Laverty participated in the Irish Young Guns Series where he finished third overall. Just a few years later, the up-and-comer fell just shy of taking the 125cc title after claiming four wins.
In 2005 Laverty’s skill caught the attention of Red Bull, who signed the rookie to compete in the British Supersport series aboard a 600cc Honda. The Irishman landed a podium finish during his debut at Donington Park and went on to claim ninth overall, a result which led Red Bull to re-sign him the following season. The young gun went on to record mixed results over the course of the next few seasons, with DNFs costing him titles on two separate occasions against rivals Cal Crutchlow and Tom Sykes. In 2007 Laverty accepted a deal to ride for LCR Honda in the 250GP series, catapulting him into a world championship at the age of 21.
Despite a sluggish start to his GP career, Laverty received an opportunity to fill-in for injured Yamaha rider Fabien Foret in the World Supersport series on two separate occasions. In his final ride with Yamaha, Laverty participated in a bitter fight for the podium, which the Irishman managed to nab at the checkers. It is largely because of this performance that Laverty left the 250GP series to secure a full-time deal with Parkalgar Honda in the 2009 World Supersport Championship.
Laverty pulled out a dominating display in his maiden WSS season by taking victories at Losail, Assen, Kyalami and Portimao. Despite strong performances throughout the year, however, Laverty lost another title to his long-standing rival, Cal Crutchlow, but finished second overall ahead of former champs Kenan Sofuoglu and Fabien Foret. After his contract was renewed for 2010, Laverty contested the series again – this time taking eight wins over the competition. Even this wasn’t enough for the Irishman to claim victory, however, as a DNF at Brno cost him the championship yet again.
Because of his strong results in Supersport, Laverty received a promotion to Yamaha in the 2011 World Superbike series. Unlike the steep learning curve he experienced in the 250GP series, Laverty saw instant success in the premier class. The Irishman led the first lap during the season opener at Phillip Island, and eventually snagged a double victory at Monza on the way to finishing fourth overall in his rookie season.
In 2012, Laverty moved to the Factory Aprilia team alongside veteran racer, Max Biaggi. While he was unable to score a race win until the penultimate round of the season at Portimao, he was a consistent threat within the top-five throughout the year. The Irishman scored a total of six trips to the podium and finished his 2012 campaign in sixth overall.
Laverty crossed a number of professional milestones in 2013. The Irishman had his best season to-date in World Superbike earning nine race wins, 19 total podiums, his first pole position in the class and finishing second-overall. He fell short of the championship by 23 points despite a remarkable late-season push which saw him win five of the last eight races of the season.
Laverty ended his tenure with Aprilia following the 2013 season to join with FIXI Crescent Suzuki in World Superbike in 2014.
2013 – 2nd World Superbike – Aprilia
2012 – 6th World Superbike – Aprilia
2011 – 4th World Superbike – Yamaha
2010 – 2nd World Supersport – Honda
2009 – 2nd World Supersport – Honda
2008 – 21st 250cc GP – Aprilia
2007 – 25th 250cc GP – Honda
2006 – 3rd British Supersport Championship – Honda
2005 – 9th British Supersport Championship – Honda
2004 – 2nd British Championship
2003 – 7th British Championship
2002 – 125cc British Championship