Eugene Laverty has joined the Fixi Crescent Suzuki squad for 2014, as revealed by MCN weeks ago. Laverty will race the World Superbike Championship for the Dorset-based team, probably alongside Alex Lowes, who tested the bike last week at Jerez.
He will make his debut on the bike at the next round of testing on 25th and 26th November, but will make his debut appearance as a Suzuki rider at Motorcycle Live on the 23rd.
Laverty, who was deposed from the factory Aprilia team by Marco Melandri, was initially linked to multiple teams in both MotoGP and WSB, but is believed to have signed a two year deal that will see him progress to Suzuki’s new GSV-R MotoGP machine for 2015.
Laverty said after signing the deal: "I'm delighted to join Crescent Suzuki for the 2014 season. I will try the GSX-R1000 for the first time at the end of this month to better understand our potential, and I am really excited to see what I can do with the bike. Thank you to Paul Denning and his team, and to Suzuki, for pushing so hard for this deal and for believing in me. I will give everything I possibly can to bring Suzuki to the top of the podium again!”
Team boss Paul Denning added: “It is an exciting prospect for the Crescent Suzuki team to have secured the services of a rider of Eugene’s calibre. He has shown regularly this season that he has the determination, ability and technique to secure superb results, even when things are against him. Eugene brings a different level of expectation to the team and it is now up to us to give him the tool for the job. We have made big steps this season with the GSX-R, and with further developments planned for 2014 I am convinced that Eugene will be able to get the maximum potential from the Suzuki."