32-year-old Eugene Laverty makes the move over to Team GoEleven and prepares to take on a new challenge for his sixth season in the WorldSBK paddock, as the team will make the switch to Ducati and he will be racing on board the all-new Ducati Panigale V4 R for 2019.
Beginning his tarmac racing career in 2001, the Irishman spent many seasons working his way through the ranks of domestic championships, breaking onto the world scene in 2007. Scoring points in the 250cc World Championship, he made the leap over to the WorldSBK paddock in 2008, before taking on a full-time ride in 2009 in World Supersport.
Taking 12 victories over two seasons in the highly competitive class, Laverty finished runner-up in two seasons, before making the step up to WorldSBK. Spending five seasons in the World Superbike Championship, Laverty was involved in many tense battles and found himself a championship contender, finishing as runner up in 2013. Taking the leap back to the MotoGP™ paddock in 2015, he spent two seasons battling for points scoring finishes on an 'Open Class' machine. After a difficult come back to WorldSBK in 2017, Laverty was able to secure two podiums with his Aprilia machine in 2018.
Teaming up with the experienced Italian team for 2019, Eugene hopes to improve the Panigale V4 R.