Another name has emerged in the growing derby for a customer Yamaha M1 seat next season at Forward Racing - World Superbike race winner Eugene Laverty.
Laverty joins a queue that looks longer than Valentino Rossi's autograph line in the paddock as the current CRT team looks to join the customer ranks in 2014. Other riders who have entered discussions with Forward team boss Giovanni Cuzari include incumbents Colin Edwards II and Claudio Corti and Nicky Hayden, Aleix Espargaro, Marco Melandri and Jonny Rea.
One of the reasons Laverty wants to join his brother Michael next season in MotoGP is the uncertainty around Aprilia's World Superbike program for 2014, especially as the manufacturer considers increasing its involvement in MotoGP. Best rumor at Laguna Seca was that Nick Hayden already had an offer to replace Laverty in 2014.
Plus any rider with Grand Prix aspirations knows the gulf between MotoGP and World Superbike machinery will part like the Red Sea at the hands of Chuck Heston next season, when Dorna's new regulations will emasculate WSBK to a glorified version of World Supersport. The bridge between WSBK and MotoGP may be longer and more rickety than ever.
Rea's name probably can be trimmed from the list of suitors for the Forward ride. He admitted Friday at the WSBK round at the Nurburgring that he probably won't climb to MotoGP this season.
World Superbike race winner Rea had talked with Gresini Honda about its second bike for 2014, but the team signed British Moto2 star Scott Redding. That had to sting a bit, considering Repsol Honda boss Livio Suppo championed Rea to HRC earlier this season after Rea did a solid job in two substitute appearances last season for the injured Casey Stoner on the Repsol Honda.
Rea also told British media he is "the third option" for a Forward seat and has not talked with Paul Bird Motorsport about a possible ride with the all-British team.