Suzuki keen on MotoGP test for Eugene Laverty

By Matthew Birt -

MotoGP

 11 March 2014 10:30

Suzuki is keen to get the input of Eugene Laverty on its new factory 1000cc MotoGP contender during 2014.

The Irish rider is locked in talks over selected rides on the new Suzuki and he met new MotoGP boss Davide Brivio recently during the second Sepang test in Malaysia to try and confirm appearance dates.

Laverty, who won on his Suzuki WSB debut in Australia last month, is hoping to test the Suzuki as often as possible to try and earn himself one of two spots up for grabs when the Japanese factory returns to MotoGP in 2015.

Suzuki has a testing contract with experienced French rider Randy de Puniet for 2014, but Brivio said he would welcome input from Laverty, who now rides for Paul Denning’s Crescent outfit in World Superbikes.

Brivio told MCN: “We want get him on the bike and have a feeling for MotoGP.  We have discussed some possibilities but it is not easy to combine our test schedule with the World Superbike calendar, so we have to find the right moment and venue for Eugene to test."

Asked if Laverty was already in Suzuki’s thoughts for a 2015 ride, Brivio added: “We have made no plan for 2015 yet and we have to wait a little to see how the market moves for the top guys and we will look for opportunity. Randy is already working with us and is on our list, but Eugene can also be on the list with some other riders. We will look for the best opportunity from who is available."