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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Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

December 11, 2012 7:55 PM

Far too much criticism of Paul Bird in my view - yes he has a big personality and a lot more money than most people, but he has supported a lot of riders over the years.

I sometimes don't understand his decisions such as canning Ellison in favour of Laverty or Hislop then signing Sean Emmett.

Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

December 11, 2012 8:02 PM

And yes - as well as a big personality Bird has more talent than most of the posters on this site - former pro soccer player, Moto Cross GP rider, three time national Super Moto champ, 2005 British Rally champion and formerly ranked second in the UK to the late Colin Mcrae.

Personally I would happily settle for any of those acheivements!

Paddles - Unregistered

December 12, 2012 1:07 AM

This is what motogp should be all about, a 'factory' supplied powerplant with a control ECU and control tyres in a custom chassis with custom suspension. This is the formula that has seen F1 go from a procession to a spectacle and will make motogp do the same. I'll be very interested to see it's progress, especially in 2014 when the control ECU comes in for everybody. I only wish that the other manufacturers would follow Aprilia's lead and make customer powerplants freely available.

bsbisgoodforyou - Unregistered

December 12, 2012 1:33 PM

Why bring in somebody with no motogp experience and get rid of someone with quite a few years of experience.
There must have been a personality clash between James and Paul there is no other rational decision to get rid of a proven rider for someone who has not proven himself in motogp.I wish Michael well but just watch your back when things are not going to plan,I believe James Ellison is still being treated for his many stabs in the back !!!!


December 12, 2012 2:24 PM

I think Birdy's choice was limited by who would ride for him, and Laverty's choice was limited by what offers he had on the table.
Neither would have been the other's first choice, and I suspect their partnership will be a cold and rocky road, which may not even reach season's end.
I'd guess it was primarily Dorna who wanted to see, and paid a premium to get, a two-rider PBM team. And PB then spent the minimum on his choice of rider.
Nevertheless, I wish M Lav and the team the best for 2013.

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