MotoGP » Upbeat Laverty vows to seize MotoGP chance

'I'm quite excited by it and hopefully the new chassis being developed by the PBM team will be a step forward' - Michael Laverty

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December 11, 2012 10:30 AM

Upbeat and positive outlook from ML. I have no prediction on how he'll do though - with everything new its a complete lottery how the bike will go, let alone how well ML will be able to pedal it (though Paul Bird will no doubt throw Hernandez or Shakey on it as 'motivation' if he feels things aren't going well eh?).
Lavery is quietly spoken but determined, a thinker and a trier, and I wish him well. The CRT's might just be the real racing interest in MotoGP in 2013 (as well waiting to see VR's performances on the Yam against Marquez, JL & DP of course).

Evel ken Evil - Unregistered

December 11, 2012 11:41 AM

this is gonna go no where fast..

there asking a mid pack BSB rider to spear head a prototype development program which uses motogp tyres and and carbon brakes ..

a chassis isnt going to be right straight away if and will take time

the team boss is a known impatient back stabber who soon get bored of the development work and will ask someone else to work miracles when this rider doesnt give those miracles ...

and then

in 2014 honda will be leasing customer Spec RCV's and yamaha will be leasing engines ...PBM's aprillias will be obsolete !

Sweeble - Unregistered

December 11, 2012 11:47 AM

So it's not even a decent CRT bike, but an experimental bike which PBM is developing. I get the feeling that Michael was the best rider PB could find who was willing to spend a year on a development hack. I guess that Michael hopes that PB will then continue to employ him in 2014 when the bike will have a better chance, but he'd better give James Ellison a call about his chances with that. Anything but last will be a result.

ellis - Unregistered

December 11, 2012 11:47 AM

Bird gets a lot grief on here but he does a lot for motorsport, I just hope that if he struggles on the bike they put Hernandez on it to make comparisons, I do think Ellison did a gud job this year, he didn't have same bike as the other arts on grid and when shaky was the bike he had same complaints as Ellison and was slower.

Moto GP Lover - Unregistered

December 11, 2012 1:57 PM

Fantastic to see Michael Laverty in Moto GP and fair play to Paul Bird not only for backing MIchael Laverty but also Keith farmer is BSB.

"Our Wee Country" just keeps rolling our the superstars, Rory McIlroy, McDowell etc etc

Very proud!

Mark - Unregistered

December 11, 2012 2:24 PM

You're right, Birdy gets a severe bashing on here. When anybody else on this board puts the same amount of money behind racing, of any sort, then maybe they'll be in a position to criticise.

Good on him for running 2 teams in different championships. I hope him and the boys have a good time whilst aiming to achieve their goals.


December 11, 2012 3:01 PM
Last Edited 1085 days ago

And here we have yet another example of Bird BS.

For so long he's been talking about the team building their own chassis and even engine, but the reality instead is a chassis built by another company and the same engine. Not the in house bike he was promising.

The biggest problem with Bird (and there are others) is that he runs off at the mouth without thinking about what he is saying. His problem is that he over promises and under delivers, the secret is to under promise and over deliver.

If he mouthed off less and got on with the job quietly a lot of people would have a lot more respect for what he has achieved. PBMs final place in MotoGP this year was nothing to sniff at, but fell a huge distance short of what Bird promised earlier in the year. As such Ellison's position looked like a failure when clearly it wasn't.


December 11, 2012 3:08 PM
Last Edited 1085 days ago

@Mark the argument that "if you can't do better you can't criticize" holds no water. Are you trying to tell me you've never criticized anybody who you haven't proved you could beat in their chosen field? Of course not, so why expect the same of others? If you can't come up with a more coherent argument than that it's best to say nowt.

Actually the criticism of Bird on this forum falls one hell of a long way short of the criticism he receives on other sites.

Look at Bird's background, a quick search on a few news sites should show you he's not any kind of hero.

Then look at WSB. Yes what he did with Kawasaki was impressive, no argument from me there. However he talked it up far too much, to listen to him you would think that PBM were solely responsible for the performance and that Kawasaki would fall flat on their face without him. Interesting to look at those comments in the light of what Kawasaki achieved this year.


December 11, 2012 3:14 PM


As for CRT most people weren't mouthing off early in the season, but Birdy was. Everybody else knew that with new regulations nobody knew how their bike would perform against the competition. Birdy however just seemed to assume PBM would be at the front of the CRT pack.

He needs to learn that actions speak louder than words. Until he has some serious success in MotoGP he's in no position to mouth off as if he were one of the prime movers in the sport.

Brad - Unregistered

December 11, 2012 3:19 PM

I seriously doubt the chassis is the limiting factor. It would surprise me that a chassis made by another company would be substantially better than a chassis made by Aprilia for their own motor. Hasn't Aprilia always been known for their chassis? Aprilia used their own electronics because they have the ability and expertise to do so. I wish the team luck regardless...

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