WSBK: Eugene Laverty on lookout for new team as Tom Sykes heads up Shaun Muir BMW effort

Eugene Laverty on the Milwaukee Apriilia.
Eugene Laverty on the Milwaukee Apriilia.

Former World Superbike Championship runner-up Eugene Laverty has been left out in the cold after confirmation that Shaun Muir will run a BMW team in 2019, headed up by Tom Sykes.

Yorkshireman Sykes has left the Kawasaki Racing Team, with world champion Jonathan Rea due to be joined by newly-crowned British Superbike champ Leon Haslam next season on the Ninja ZX-10RR.

Toome man Eugene Laverty.

Toome man Eugene Laverty.

Muir has switched back to a factory-supported effort with BMW after running Aprilia machinery for two seasons.

With Sykes joined in the new-look SMR line-up by Superstock 1000 champion Markus Reiterbeger, Laverty has been left without a place in the team for 2019.

Toomebridge man Laverty finished as the runner-up in the championship to Sykes in 2013.

He is currently ninth in the championship standings, but lost ground following a crash at Buriram in Thailand at the beginning of the season, which ruled him out of action.

The 32-year-old former MotoGP rider suffered a broken pelvis in the incident in March. He made his racing return at Imola in Italy in May.