Ireland's John Laverty is looking to the his future in the MCE British Superbike Championship after it was announced today he had separated from the Splitlath Redmond team on Tuesday.
Laverty, who is only just back to full strength and fitness from last year's Oulton Park crash that very nearly claimed his life, says he wants a competitive ride to prove he is capable of podium performances - something he believes the Aprilia team could have provided had he not been given his marching orders.
"If we had gone the distance with the team as we had originally planned then I believe we could have got the bike somewhere near competitive at the start of next season. That had been my plan and I thought it was the team's plan too but it would appear not," said Laverty, speaking to bikesportnews.com this evening.
"So I will re-group and come back next season in a stronger position. I was really hoping to be able to put in a good show this weekend as this is the first time I have felt as strong and as fit as I was before the crash. We still had a way to go with the bike and the chassis development, but I was in for the long haul to make the development work happen. I feel I have been robbed of the opportunity to capitalise on the linkage improvement I discovered for the bike.
"Hopefully, I will be able to speak to some teams at Donington and get some good discussions in for next year. I am still supremely confident of my own abilities. I've been on the BSB podium, I have proved I am fast enough to do it and I can do it again, with the right machinery."