Eugene Laverty
Jun 7

MotoGP: Suzuki Concludes Phillip Island Test

Randy de Puniet tests at Phillip Island. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

Randy de Puniet tests at Phillip Island. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

The Suzuki MotoGP team concluded its three-day test at Phillip Island in Australia on Thursday after rain and less-than-perfect track conditions hampered much of the progress the riders and technicians hoped to make.

Test rider Randy de Puniet was joined by Voltcom Crescent Suzuki World Superbike rider Eugene Laverty for the first two days, with the latter unfortunately suffering a crash early on the first day due to the slippery and damp conditions. However the Irishman was able to complete 37 laps on Wednesday despite inclement weather that halted much of the testing on every day; and which included a large amount of geese on the circuit obstructing every session.

Feb 23

SBK: Laverty Breaks Suzuki Drought In Aussie Superbike

Eugene Laverty (58) leads Marco Melandri (33) during the Superbike opener. (Photo: Getty Images)

Eugene Laverty (58) leads Marco Melandri (33) during the Superbike opener. (Photo: Getty Images)

Eugene Laverty of Ireland gave Suzuki its first World Superbike victory since 2010, winning the first race of the championships’ opening round on Sunday.

Laverty overcame a slow start from the second row of the grid to take the lead on the 17th of 22 laps, then pulled away to win by almost three seconds over Marco Melandri of Italy, riding an Aprilia.