World Superbike lifeline for Eugene Laverty as Toome man signs for Team Go Eleven

Northern Ireland's Eugene Laverty has been thrown a lifeline to remain in the 2019 World Superbike Championship after signing for Team Go Eleven.

Saturday, 24th November 2018, 7:29 pm
Updated Tuesday, 8th January 2019, 4:58 pm
Eugene Laverty will remain in the World Superbike Championship in 2019 to ride the new Ducati V4 for the Go Eleven team.

Laverty will ride the new Ducati V4 R in the series after a late deal was pulled together with direct support from Ducati Corse in Bologna.

It is a welcome boost for the 32-year-old, who had been left without a ride for next year after Shaun Muir signed Tom Sykes to head up his new-look factory-supported BMW team, plus Superstock 1000 champion Markus Reiterberger.

The Toome man joins a host of top names on the new V4 next year, including Alvaro Bautista and Chaz Davies on the official Ducati machines and Michael Rinaldi (Barni Racing).

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Laverty, the 2013 championship runner-up, said: “I’m delighted to join Team Go Eleven to ride the new Ducati Panigale V4 R in 2019. The past five weeks has been a stressful period so it’s great to secure a competitive seat in the end.

“The support from Ducati is reassuring and I’m confident that we will have a package to fight for victory next season. Thank you to Denis Sacchetti and everyone at Team Go Eleven for putting their trust in me.”