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I'm determined to repay BMW's faith: Laverty

New look: Tom Sykes and Eugene Laverty with the BMW S1000RR
New look: Tom Sykes and Eugene Laverty with the BMW S1000RR

By Roy Harris

Eugene Laverty made his first appearance in BMW colours during the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan yesterday when, alongside team-mate Tom Sykes, he presented the new-look BMW S1000RR that will spearhead their attack on the 2020 World Superbike Championship.

Ulsterman Laverty, who had an injury-plagued 2019 riding for Team Go Eleven Ducati, said: "I'm so grateful for this opportunity from BMW for 2020. My aim is to repay their faith with some race wins. I know what the bike is capable of after the RR was on the podium several times.

"I hope I can add to those in 2020 and cannot wait to get my first ride on the bike."

Team principal Shaun Muir said: "I'm really pleased with the way we developed the BMW S1000RR in 2019, but now we must take the good foundations we built to the next level in 2020. With the new addition of Eugene to partner Tom Sykes, we feel we can be challenging for wins."

It was also announced that Leon Haslam is to partner Alvaro Bautista in a strong Official Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) World Superbike line-up.

Haslam and Bautista will ride the all-new CBR 1000RR-R, which was also unveiled.

Haslam, who partnered Jonathan Rea at Kawasaki this past season, said: "For me to get the opportunity to be back with Honda as an official rider with HRC is like a dream come true."

With the 2019 season just finished, manufacturers are already looking to challenge the five-year dominance of Rea and Kawasaki.

The new Honda will almost certainly be campaigned in the BSB Championship, the North West 200 and TT in 2020 with the riders yet to be announced, but it wouldn't be a surprise if the Carrickfergus Irwin brothers, Andrew and Glenn, are involved.

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