WSB: Eugene Laverty to miss Assen as RC Squadra Corse withdraw from event

Eugene Laverty will not race this weekend at Assen
Eugene Laverty will not race this weekend at Assen

Eugene Laverty will not take part in this weekend's World Superbike race meeting at Assen due to his RC Squadra Corse team's withdrawal from the event.

The satellite BMW outfit, which stepped up to the Superbike class at the beginning of 2021, have withdrawn due to “internal restructuring” in the hope of returning to action with a more competitive package.

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We are so sorry, and it was a hard decision, but we decided not to attend the Assen round due to internal reasons," team boss Roberto Perego said. "We are at the beginning of our project, and we are working hard on a restructure internally.

"We are very disappointed about this absence since it would have been an Important opportunity with BMW Motorrad and Eugene. We will use the break to be better organised, to be competitive, as we deserve, in WorldSBK."

It's already been a tough 2021 campaign for Laverty, who departed the factory BMW team at the end of last year. The Irishman currently finds himself 17th in the standings after the opening 12 races, securing a best result of eighth in the Superpole race at Estoril.

Laverty also missed the opening race of the weekend at Misano after suffering injuries to his neck and back in a crash during FP3. The 2013 WSB runner-up is yet to make any comment on this weekend's withdrawal.

BMW will continue to be represented by factory duo Tom Sykes and Michael van der Mark at Assen, with Jonas Folger also racing with the Bonovo Action BMW satellite squad. Sykes and Van der Mark collected the new M1000RR's first podiums at Donington Park last time out.

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