Officially official now, Eugene Laverty will not only switch to riding the Aprilia RSV4 Factory in the next World Superbike season, but the Irishman will also be Max Biaggi’s teammate in the factory Aprilia squad. Now displacing Leon Camier, Laverty had been signed earlier this month by the Italian factory, but there was uncertainty regarding whether the former-Yamaha rider would enter the factory team or the satellite PATA Racing squad. That speculation of course has been ended by Aprilia’s announcement, though it raises some other worthy questions.

On the most basic of levels, the pairing bodes well for Aprilia, as Laverty was the fastest rider at the post-season Portimao test. Riding Max Biaggi’s own factory-spec RSV4, there is strong suspicion that Laverty’s performance at the test helped decide his fate for the 2012 season. The interesting dynamic however will be how Laverty meshs with teammate Biaggi.

Unable to defend his Championship most of the season because of a broken foot, Biaggi is surely keen to reclaim his status in the WSBK paddock. With Laverty now a strong candidate to rival Biaggi for the 2012 title, showing his promise on the Emperor’s own bike no less, we can only imagine that some ripples would exist in the team pit box. Biaggi has been known not to play well with others, and the question regarding who is the #1 rider in the Aprilia camp could be an argument up for contention.

Source: MotoMatters; Photo: WorldSBK

  • Bob

    Laverty doesn’t need to worry about Biaggi not playing nice in the sandbox. If Biaggi wants to continue to be the #1 team rider, he needs to earn that distinction week after week. Laverty will show where he belongs through results not by seniority and reputation. At the very least, Laverty will push Biaggi to do better, at the most, he will finish ahead of him.



  • 1198freak

    Good for Laverty, I would rather have them sign Melandri, but I guess the team knows that would mean all out war between Melandri and Biaggi who hate each other. Laverty should push Biaggi and keep him honest…

  • Rob

    By midseason at the latest, Laverty will be beating Biaggio undoubtedly.

  • RJ

    I’m with Kevin, what about Killa-Cam?!?

    Let’s not forget the master class he put on in BSB in 2009….

    From Wikipedia:

    “….Camier ultimately won a record-breaking 18 races despite only leading out of the first corner twice. His success led to the organizers of the series to adopt the “Matt Kenseth Rule” for 2010. This revised the points system to the split-season format popularly used by saloon-car series in the United States….”

    So, a quality rider then. Hope he doesn’t get stuck in a shitty second rate squad…

  • 76

    I cant wait, Biaggi will boil like he always does when someone ruffles his feathers, my guess is its his last year

  • irksome

    Biaggi will slap Laverty in the pit, Laverty will spank Max on the track.

  • BBQdog

    The RSV4 deserves a better rider. With all respect for Biaggi, he is not able to push beyond his limits anymore. And once Biaggi gets frustrated, he makes mistake after mistake.

  • SBPilot

    Very happy for Laverty, he should do very well next year and push for the title.
    Camier, confirmed at Crescent Suzuki. After a not so stellar 2 years at Aprilia, maybe the bike just didn’t suit him but he’ll have to really step it up with Suzuki. That team and bike is no slouch, like the Aprilia. Camier needs to step it up big time in ’12 to keep his ride options for the future.

  • LooLoo#77

    Thought Laverty was heading out with PATA in 2012 but seems like Factory Aprilia had to have him!!! True, if WSBK wanted Drama then Aprilia shoulda hired on Melandri, but this is about racing not purposeful drama, like Valentino Rossi said, “The fight should be out on the track!”