Belfast Telegraph

It’s not end of World, says bike ace Eugene

By Jim Gracey

Twenty-four hours after cheering up his seriously injured biker brother with a World Superbike scorch around Silverstone, Eugene Laverty yesterday had the compliment returned.

A visit to older brother John, being treated for serious bike crash injuries at a Liverpool hospital, quickly made Eugene forget his own woes brought about by the impending demise of his Yamaha World Superbike team.

“John still isn't very well after his accident in British Superbike practice at Oulton Park, just after his 29th birthday last month,” said Eugene (25).

“He has broken virtually every bone in his body but thankfully his vital signs are intact. His predicament certainly puts mine in perspective.”

Falling motorcycle sales were blamed for Yamaha’s shock decision to withdraw from the World Superbike series next season, despite the resounding success of Laverty and team-mate Marco Melandri, fourth and third in the world standings respectively.

Laverty dedicated his two Silverstone WSB British round second places on Sunday to his proud big brother, unaware the afterglow of his latest success was about to be dimmed.

“I'm still shocked but not despondent,” he added. “I've got the rest of this season to complete and now it's a shop window. It's only been one day but already the prospects of continuing in World Superbikes next season look positive from the soundings I've had. MotoGP is another option but that's a hard field to get into.”

There's also the possibility Yamaha will remain if they can find a sponsorship partner similar to the arrangement involving third brother Michael Laverty from the Toomebridge bike dynasty, who is unaffected, riding in British Superbikes for the privately-backed Swan Yamaha team.

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