Laverty 16th in final MotoGP race before Superbikes switch

Eugene Laverty
Eugene Laverty has a best finish of fourth in MotoGP this year

Eugene Laverty finished 16th in Valencia on Sunday in his last MotoGP race before returning to World Superbikes for the 2017 season.

The Aspar Ducati rider from Toomebridge was just one place outside the points in the final round of the season.

Laverty ended the 2016 series in 13th place on 77 points.

Jorge Lorenzo completed his nine-year stay at Yamaha by winning in Spain with champion Marc Marquez second and Andrea Iannone in third.