‘I’ll get on the bike and wring its neck’ – Laverty

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BMW’s Eugene Laverty has changed his approach to the 2020 WorldSBK season and will go full-on for a title challenge in the condensed season.

Previously, Laverty had his eye on developing the S1000RR into a race winner this year and then a title challenger next but with the coronavirus postponement, that plan has gone out of the window.

“The best thing I can do is perform on track. It does change my approach a little bit because, in winter testing I looked at this project long term. When I got on the bike, I realised quite early that it wasn’t ready to fight for the Championship in 2020,” said Laverty.

“I focused on getting the bike ready for race wins in 2020 and a title challenge in 2021. We’ve missed more than half the season, so my approach does have to change, I have to forget about trying to bring the bike forward and deliver those results.

“That sounds strange, I guess, to a fan looking at things from the outside as that should be the obvious thing. You have to be patient if you want a bike that can be an all-round race winning package, you have to be analytical and go through things step-by-step. That’s gone out the window now as we need to get results, so I’ll get on the bike and wring its neck.”

Laverty is in a fight with team-mate Tom Sykes to secure the remaining BMW seat for 2021 as team boss Shaun Muir has already spirited Michael van der Mark away from Yamaha.