Toomebridge bike star Laverty wins in Australia

Eugene Laverty

Eugene Laverty

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Toomebridge motorcycling star Eugene Laverty has won the opening race of this year’s World Superbike series in Australia.

Laverty, in his first outing for the Crescent Suzuki team, overcame a slow start to finish nearly three seconds ahead of Marco Melandri.

Laverty’s win meant that he was the first Suzuki rider to triumph in a World Superbike race since the second race at Kyalami in 2010.