Eugene Laverty

Eugene Laverty (born 3 June 1986) is a professional motorcycle road racer from Ireland, the brother of Michael and John. For 2020 he is contracted to ride in the Superbike World Championship for the BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team
Laverty was runner-up in the 2004 British 125cc Championship. He had a successful year in 2006 aboard the Dunlop shod Red Bull Honda CBR600RR. He was a top challenger for the British Supersport title, but finished third overall behind Cal Crutchlow and Tom Sykes, with four wins and had previously finished 9th overall as a series rookie in 2005.

For 2007, he raced in the 250cc Grand Prix World Championship for LCR Honda finishing in 25th place overall with a best result of 14th. For 2008 it was expected that he would go back to Britain and further his career in Supersports or Superbikes, but he was signed by Blusens Aprilia on 18 December to continue to race in 250cc with privateer motorcycles. He scored points in China and Portugal, but at Le Mans he crashed at the one remaining wet corner as the circuit dried.

In 2008 he had competed in both the 250cc World Championship and the World Supersport series, he then went on to be runner up in the Supersport World Championship in both 2009 and 2010.

In 2011 he moved up to the Superbike World Championship with the factory Yamaha World Superbike team, alongside former MotoGP rider Marco Melandri. On 8 May he won his first World Superbike race at Monza and went on to complete the double in race two. For 2012 he moved to the Aprilia Racing Team and has been racing the Aprilia RSV4 alongside Max Biaggi, ending the championship in 6th position and competed for the 2013 championship in the same team alongside Sylvain Guintoli.

For the 2015 season, Laverty moved to MotoGP with the Aspar Racing Team, riding a Honda RC213V-RS open-specification motorcycle. He finished the season in 22nd place in the riders’ championship standings, with a best result of 12th in Catalunya. Laverty remained with the team – now riding Ducati Desmosedici GP14.2 motorcycles – for the 2016 season, where he partnered Yonny Hernández. In Argentina, he achieved his best results in MotoGP career with 4th place.