Eugene Laverty was 18th and last, a pilot who signed a contract with the team in World Superbike for the season 2019. His joining Team Go Eleven took place, as they say, “5 minutes to midnight” when the team decided on the supplier of equipment – Ducati.
RACING.RU, January 25, 2019 – out on the track in Jerez these days – the first of two opportunities for Laverty to master the Ducati Panigale R V4 prior to departure to Australia. But Team Go Eleven made a bet on what previous experience the Irish received in MotoGP, where he played for sattelit Drive M7 Aspar Ducati in the years 2015-16, will help realize the potential of a Superbike, it is literally built on the basis of the Desmosedici GP14.
Debut day of tests has developed well, without incident. The result is the 13th position of the 16 pilots in World Superbike, ahead of Ruben Rinaldi of the supported Ducati team Barni Racing. The outcome of tests – the 12-th position and direct contact with Chaz Davis out of the factory Aruba.it Racing Ducati WorldSBK Team: they were only 0.2 seconds. However, Rinaldi was able to bypass both another 0.2.
“The first day was literally a day start from scratch, and I needed to understand the team and the bike, in the garage create a comfortable atmosphere. We are not many circles could do. The plan was 35, and we drove as much. The main work was planned for Thursday.”
“Bike very much. The engine has plenty of power, gearbox very smooth and precise, from the first moment he reminded me of Desmo MotoGP. In the paddock a lot of guys in Ducati Corse who have helped us to deal with the motorcycle. Special thanks go to Giovanni Crupi for his help. They gave us a lot of data, even Alvaro shares with us some telemetry so we could quickly get used. That is, it not just gave us the bike and said “good luck, guys, now you’re on your own” no! But we don’t set ourselves any goals, because we don’t know what level everything will be in Australia,” said Laverty.
Now Team Go Eleven with the rest travels to Portimao to spend a couple of days on the track. The next exit will take place on Phillip Island.