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- Team: Milwaukee Aprilia
- Class: WorldSBK
- Number: 50
- Bike: Aprilia RSV4 RF
- Born: June 03, 1986 — Toomebridge, Northern Ireland
Born and raised in Northern Ireland, Eugene Laverty spent his early racing years competing in the British Championship series before breaking onto the world scene in 2007. Laverty competed in the highly-competitive World Supersport class from 2008-2010, taking 12 victories and finishing runner-up in two seasons before making the leap up to World Superbike. After winning his first World Superbike race at Monza in 2011, Laverty went on to spend four seasons in the class and finished in the runner-up position in the 2013 World Superbike Championship.
From 2015-2016, Laverty fulfilled a lifelong dream as he joined the premier MotoGP paddock with the Aspar Racing Team where he spent two seasons battling with the sport’s fastest racers. In 2016, Eugene scored the best result of his MotoGP career with a 4th-place finish in Argentina—an incredible accomplishment despite being outgunned by the factory machinery of his top competitors.
Laverty returned to WorldSBK in 2017 with the British-based Milwaukee Aprilia team, and despite some ups and downs with results and injuries, the determined Irishman continues to focus on capturing wins aboard his Aprilia.
- Team: Repsol Honda
- Class: MotoGP
- Number: 93
- Bike: Honda RC213V
- Born: February 17, 1993 – Cervera, Spain
Marc Marquez was born with a passion for two-wheeled competition. Receiving his first motorcycle as a gift from his parents at the age of four, Marquez's incredible journey began. His first race came just one year later, but it was in 2001 that his competitive fire really began to burn, as he won the Catalan Motocross and Enduro Championship at the age of 8. And the rest, as they say, is history.
In 2002, Marquez made the [now] historic switch to road racing. Marching forward to 2008 (and several amatuer championships later), Marc debuted as a rookie on the world stage in the 125cc World Championship at age 15, and within two races scored his very first podium at Donington Park.
Marquez continued setting the MotoGP world on fire in 2010 when he earned his first-ever World Championship in the 125cc class by securing 12 pole positions and 10 victories. After an up-and-down 2011 season in the highly-contested Moto2 class, Marquez finished runner-up in the championship. In 2012, Marc raced his way to 9 impressive wins en route to securing the Moto2 title–his second World Championship.
His debut in the premier MotoGP class came in 2013, and Marquez continued to impress as he became the youngest-ever MotoGP champion–the first rookie to win since “King” Kenny Roberts in 1978. Marquez defended his MotoGP title in 2014 and won a record-setting 10 races in a row (13 total victories).
Securing his fifth World Championship in 2016, the reigning MotoGP champ now has his sights set on more dominant performances, as he continues riding himself into the history books...
- Team: Mopar Express Lane BMW Motorrad Canada Superbike
- Class: Superbike
- Number: 1
- Bike: BMWS1000RR
- Born: December 30, 1978 — Brantford, Canada
Jordan Szoke’s career started as the youngest road racer to earn his professional license at the age of 15. Jordan quickly showcased his raw talent, consistently landing him on the podium. Only two short seasons after entering competition, Szoke won his very first National Championship at the age of 16, and it was made perfectly clear that this was exactly what he was born to do.
Throughout his 20-year career as a professional racer, Jordan has won over 20 National Championships, and back in 2010 he rewrote the record books when he earned both Superbike and Sportbike championships for 5 years consecutively. Jordan also holds the record for the most Superbike Championships in Canadian History with 10 in total. His seventh title in 2010 and his tenth title in 2015 were both achieved with unprecedented perfect seasons.
Szoke’s first venture at owning and running his own team in 2010 was also tremendously successful, as he earned the acclaimed “Team of the Year” award. Partnered with Mopar Express Lane and BMW Motorrad, Szoke claimed another Superbike Championship along with the "Team of the Year” award both in 2012 and 2015.
"This sport is coveted as an individual sport, but you cannot win something like this on your own. You have an entire crew behind you that provides you with a safe motorcycle that you can win on, and an atmosphere to feel comfortable in."
- Team: Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
- Class: MotoGP
- Number: 38
- Bike: KTM
- Born: November 28, 1990 – Oxford, England
England's own Bradley Smith cut his teeth in the 125cc World Championship back in 2009, where he scored three grand prix wins and finished runner-up in the championship. After beginning his successful partnership with the Yamaha Tech 3 team during his first season in the Moto2 World Championship, Smith went on to score three podiums and finished seventh overall in the series. In 2013, Smith became the youngest British rider ever to earn a full-time ride in the prestigious MotoGP class.
After a superb 2015 season, which featured top-ten finishes in all 18 grand prixs and a magnificent sixth-place overall in the championship, Smith entered 2016 (his fourth season in the MotoGP World Championship) with plenty of confidence. Unfortunately, injuries held him back all season long, but he continues working hard to improve on his 2015 highlights, which included a brilliant second-place finish at the San Marino Grand Prix.
Heading into 2017 with four seasons, two podiums and a host of top-ten finishes under his belt, Smith has proudly joined the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team to lead its maiden MotoGP campaign!