Eugene Laverty hopes pedal power can help him reign in Spain
After an exotic tour of Qatar, Texas and Argentina for MotoGP, Eugene Laverty will make his European debut with the Aspar Honda team at Jerez this weekend for round four of the 2015 series.
It's a circuit the Monaco-based Ulsterman is familiar with having won previously during his time in World Superbike, as he explained: "We did a great job all weekend in Argentina, probably the best we have done since I started in MotoGP, but we didn't manage to back it up with a performance in the race.
"In any case, we have come a long way since the start of the year and I am sure all the hard work will start to pay off soon. I like Jerez and I had two wins there in Superbikes so it is a place that holds happy memories for me."
In preparation for round four, Eugene took part in a charity cycling event, a 140km journey from St Tropez to Monaco.
The event was organised in aid of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation to raise money for efforts to reinforce the importance of water safety for children in South Africa.
Eugene joined a 'who's who' of celebrities, with Mika Hakkinen and Eddie Jordan representing F1, and Tour de France points classification winners Thor Hoshovd and Baden Cooke also taking part.
"I really enjoyed it," said Laverty who has lived in Monaco since 2012. "When it's anything related to children and sport, it's something that I am always willing to help with.
"There was a strong Irish link with myself, Sonia Irvine and Eddie Jordan taking part. Thank you to David Coulthard for his kind sponsorship."