2012 World Superbike
After Yamaha announced it would cease all factory efforts starting with 2012 World Superbike, riders Marco Melandri and Eugene Laverty were without a ride.
But due to the skill of both men, they were quickly picked up by other teams. The first to sign was Melandri, the Italian joining the Brit Leon Haslam on the BMW Motorrad team.
And this week, Altilia Aprilia reported that Laverty will join 2010 World Superbike Champion Max Biaggi. Laverty signed a contract to race on the Alitalia Aprilia RSV4 for 2013, 2014.
The 25-year-old Laverty joined World Superbike in 2011 after three years in World Supersport. During the 2009 and 2010 World Supersport championships, Laverty finished second overall both years. Laverty, who runs the number 58, then joined Melandri for 2011 on the now-defunct Yamaha World Superbike team.
While competing for Yamaha in 2011 World Superbike, Laverty finished fourth overall; he had six podiums, which included his double-win at Monza World SBK.
As for Biaggi’s former teammate, Leon Camier, nothing has been officially released about his plans for 2012, though rumors are leaning toward him joining the PATA Aprilia Racing team.