WSBK Jerez: Eugene Laverty upbeat as action resumes after summer break

Voltcom Crescent Suzuki's Eugene Laverty
Voltcom Crescent Suzuki's Eugene Laverty

The World Superbike Championship resumes this weekend after a lengthy summer break and one man who cannot wait to get stuck in at Jerez is Voltcom Crescent Suzuki’s Eugene Laverty.

The Northern Ireland star, runner-up in the championship last year with Aprilia, is bidding to resurrect his fortunes in the final phase of the series after an indifferent season.

Laverty began the campaign in dream fashion with a victory on his debut on the GSX-R1000 at Phillip Island in Australia way back in February, but since then the 28-year-old’s fortunes have fluctuated and his only return to the rostrum was a third place at Sepang in June.

He currently occupies ninth place in the points table, three points behind Red Devils Roma Aprilia rider Toni Elias, and Laverty is targeting a big improvement at the final six races of the season.

The mild-mannered Toome man – linked with a move to MotoGP in 2015 with teams including Pramac Ducati and LCR Honda – said: “Jerez can’t come soon enough following an incredibly long break. Jerez is a flowing circuit and I feel that it will suit the GSX-R well. I’m hoping for high temperatures to play into our hands as our bike works better in hot conditions.

“My Voltcom Crescent Suzuki team have continued to work hard during the summer break so I expect to find significant improvements during the final part of the season.”

Laverty finished with a best result of fourth at the previous round at Laguna Seca in the USA in July prior to the summer recess.

Pata Honda’s Jonathan Rea – who has been tipped to join Tom Sykes at Kawasaki in next year’s World Superbike Championship if Honda is unable to find a slot for him in MotoGP – is third in the championship and will be aiming to close the 20-point gap to Aprilia’s Sylvain Guintoli in second place on Sunday.