It’s been a long time coming but here they are at last, out on track at Motorland for their first test together. Eugene Laverty and team RC Corse have finally got to work at Aragón, in preparation for the 2021 SBK season. The Irishman, who is an official BMW test rider, is riding the M1000 RR and has already completed many laps.

According to certain sources, it appears that the four-cylinder the number 50 rider is using has been "borrowed" from the factory SMR squad, the team that fields Tom Sykes and Michael Van Der Mark. It also looks as if this bike will need to be returned to sender once pre-season testing is complete.

We will have to wait and see whether the rumours are true. It’s great to see Laverty, a rider who can still do well in SBK, out on track but there’s not long to go before the start of the season and team RC Corse has its work cut out. The other BMW riders are not exactly hanging about (look out for Jonas Folger) and neither is the rest of the field.

Translated by Heather Watson

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