Tech 3 Yamaha keen on Eugene Laverty

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Monster Yamaha Tech 3 boss Herve Poncharal has confirmed he is interested in signing Eugene Laverty for the 2012 MotoGP world championship.

Laverty travelled to Brno last week for talks with the French team owner after he was left without a ride next year following Yamaha’s bombshell decision to axe its factory World Superbike squad.

Laverty spoke to Poncharal last year about a possible Moto2 ride for Tech 3, but the Irish racer is now concentrating on joining Cal Crutchlow in MotoGP next season.

Laverty is one of several names being linked with the Tech 3 rider including current rider Colin Edwards, Andrea Iannone and Briton Bradley Smith.

Poncharal told MCN: "Eugene visited us in Brno and he has a strong interest. I spoke with him last year for Moto2 but he is a strong candidate. He is young and fast and he’s a Yamaha rider at the moment, so that’s also a possibility."

Laverty, who raced in the 250GP world championship in 2007 and ’08, said he wasn’t expecting any news on the Tech 3 talks until around the Misano race early next month.

He told MCN: "There’s nothing happening any time soon and it really is a waiting game. I wasn’t looking in MotoGP two weeks ago, so that’s all changed and we need to see what the powers that be want. It’s Herve’s decision and his team, so he makes the final choice on the rider and we will see how that develops."

For more on Laverty talking about the Tech 3 talks, see today’s issue of Motor Cycle News.

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt