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Laverty keen to build on Aspar groundwork

By Paul Lindsay

Northern Ireland's MotoGP star Eugene Laverty is hoping that his first Open class victory of the season last weekend in Spain will be enough to secure a second campaign with the Aspar squad - who will switch to Ducati machinery for 2016.

Only yesterday, team owner Jorge Martinez announced that Colombian rider Yonny Hernandez would be joining his line-up next season.

There was no mention of machinery or a team-mate - if any - for Hernandez, whose vacated seat at Pramac Ducati will be filled by Scott Redding.

Monaco-based Laverty said: "I'm hoping to confirm my position with the team this week for 2016 and it does look like there will be a change of manufacturer."

With Hernandez on a two-year deal with Ducati, it looks very likely that both he and Laverty will run Ducati's GP14.2 machinery next season in MotoGP on the all-new Michelin tyres and control ECU.

In the British Superbike Championship, all eyes are on series leader Josh Brookes and his whereabouts for 2016. The Newtownards-based Aussie has been vocal in his frustration at Yamaha's decision to overlook him and is currently on the hunt for other options.

In the same championship, Tyco BMW rider Michael Laverty will be hoping to back up his debut podium in the Netherlands a fortnight ago with something similar at this weekend's penultimate round at Silverstone.

In the Superstock 1,000cc series, local rivals Josh Elliott (Morello Racing) and Alastair Seeley (Tyco BMW) are separated by just 17 points going into the penultimate race at the Northamptonshire venue.

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