It will come as no surprise to anyone who frequents this site to hearyet againthat we are big fans of that unluckiest of Leprechauns, Eugene Laverty. For us, his maiden double WSBK win at Monza in 2011 (on the R1) was a meaningful and spirited spot of racing.
Since then it's been a bit up and down for Laverty. That he was ousted from the Aprilia WSBK team so that they could make room for Marco Melandri, to us, meant that the time had probably come to start drug testing team managers.
Suzuki-mounted in '14, Laverty is now in a great position ... for a possible ascension to MotoGP.
Suzuki has asked Laverty to test their new MotoGP prototype this week. He's done two days at the Okayama International Circuit in Japan and is now on his way to test the Suzuki at Phillip Island.
Laverty could have had a Pramac Ducati ride in 2014 but turned that opportunity down. His career goal must include an eventual ride in MotoGP. So now with a MotoGP bike under him, Laverty must be looking for the motorcycle racing pot of gold ...