After a tough year in 2017, Michael Laverty will return to familiar ground for the 2018 MCE British Superbike Championship after signing a new deal with the Tyco BMW squad.
Laverty has a long history with Philip Neill’s Moneymore team and will be re-united with 2016 team-mate Christian Iddon – who starts his third straight season with the outfit next year.
The Toomebridge native will campaign one of the squad’s S1000RRs at Bishopscourt’s Sunflower Trophy meeting this weekend.
“I’m delighted to be returning to the Tyco BMW squad for the 2018 season. We enjoyed success together taking race wins in 2015 and 2016. A dip in form lead to a year’s sabbatical, which didn’t prove fruitful, although the experience gained this season will make me a stronger rider,” said Laverty.
“I’m thankful that Philip and the guys within the team have belief in my ability and looked beyond my results this year. To get back on-board the Tyco BMW S1000RR and work with the TAS engineers once again, is the perfect scenario for me.”
Speaking of his return to the Sunflower, which was first won in 1977 by the much missed and loved TT legend Joey Dunlop, six-timer winner Laverty said:
“I’m excited to immediately get back to work with the Tyco BMW team this week at the Sunflower Trophy Races. The opportunity to begin preparations so early for next season is fantastic. I’m very motivated for the challenge ahead.”