Aprilia rider Eugene Laverty is happy the factory hired Sylvain Guintoli as his teammate for the 2013 World Superbike season, insisting he is happy to share data with fast rider in the same garage.
Laverty led the WSBK test last week at Jerez with a time of 1:40.185, turning nearly 250 laps over three days. But MotoGP and WSBK veteran Guintoli was on the pace in his debut with the team, topping out at 1:41.2.
"Aprilia have made a good choice," Laverty said about Guintoli. "I get on with Sylvain and rate him as a rider, so it'll be nice to share a garage with a top rider once again. Some riders feel threatened by a fast teammate, but I look at it in a positive light. Even in Jerez, we were able to spot weaknesses in our riding by overlaying our laps and comparing them corner by corner.
"I know of a rider that requested a ban on data sharing with his teammate last year when he felt he had the upper hand, but then he came back begging once his teammate started beating him again. And before you jump to conclusions, it wasn't inside the Aprilia garage but another factory team. The way I see it, everything to my advantage; there's 20 other riders I've got to beat and not just the one guy sat opposite me."
So if Laverty wasn't referring to his now-retired Aprilia teammate Max Biaggi, then who is the mystery factory rider who was so stingy with his data last season until his teammate started waxing him? The mind wanders ...