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Laverty ponders MotoGP switch

By Jim Gracey

Eugene Laverty will take his search for employment in world class racing next season to this weekend's Czech Republic round of MotoGP at Brno.

The trip and timing are significant now the 25-year-old Toomebridge rider has taken two weeks to consider his options following his Yamaha factory team's shock announcement of their withdrawal from World Superbike racing next season.

Eugene will finish out this season in World Superbikes but having originally pinned his hopes on a return to the series with a new team next season, he now appears to be leaning more towards MotoGP.

With more teams coming into MotoGP next season, there is greater than usual scope for new riders to break into the 1000cc ranks.

Continuing his association with Yamaha in MotoGP would be a big ask with superstars Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies competing on the factory machines and Cal Crutchlow and Colin Edwards on the privately-backed Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team.

But Laverty's name is good after showing what he can do on top class machines with Yamaha in World Superbikes, his latest double podium success coming at Silverstone.

The 600cc Moto2 class is another option he'll explore this weekend.

“I'm travelling in a private capacity to put myself in the shop window,” he said. “I've arranged talks with a couple of teams and we'll see what emerges from those. Initial soundings have been encouraging and I'm aware of some top teams in World Superbikes putting proposals together. After the initial shock of Yamaha's withdrawal, I feel a lot more confident about the future prospects.”

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