Laverty Bails At 160mph And His Aprilia Explodes On Impact!

Evans Brasfield
by Evans Brasfield

Most of us will never have to make the decision to jump off a motorcycle going 160mph, but according to, that’s how fast Eugene Laverty was going when he realized he had to bail on lap 13 of World Superbike Race 1 at Imola this past Saturday. The corner before, he’d had contact with Alex Lowes and his Pata Yamaha. When the two tangled, Laverty’s Milwaukee Aprilia’s brake lines were stripped from the bike, leaving Laverty with no recourse but to jump – and it’s a good thing he did. The Aprilia exploded on impact with the wall. Laverty was healthy enough to race on Sunday.

Take a look at the carnage:

Evans Brasfield
Evans Brasfield

Like most of the best happenings in his life, Evans stumbled into his motojournalism career. While on his way to a planned life in academia, he applied for a job at a motorcycle magazine, thinking he’d get the opportunity to write some freelance articles. Instead, he was offered a full-time job in which he discovered he could actually get paid to ride other people’s motorcycles – and he’s never looked back. Over the 25 years he’s been in the motorcycle industry, Evans has written two books, 101 Sportbike Performance Projects and How to Modify Your Metric Cruiser, and has ridden just about every production motorcycle manufactured. Evans has a deep love of motorcycles and believes they are a force for good in the world.

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