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MotoGP Q&A - Michael Laverty

I don't think that there is anything wrong with our chassis. The weight distribution is can be improved and the electronics but if we fix those and we bolt in the latest Aprilia engine I think that we would have a bike every bit as good as the ART and possibly even better. I'm hoping that we can continue with our project and Aprilia will up their game with the engines and that would be the ideal scenario for me.
This was your first year on the world scene after ten years in the British or AMA Superbike paddocks. How did you find it adapting to the travel and a new paddock?

Michael Laverty:
I enjoyed the travel side of it and seeing new countries. Probably more so because Jodi was with me and she made me go to see things. Sometimes if we were there a day early we'd go see the local city so that was nice to see new places. It was nice to learn new tracks and meet a load of new people. You go in there with an open mind and don't get stressed with having a 30 hour journey to Australia. The whole thing was good and enjoyable and it was a hell of an experience.

I've no real negatives about it other than adjusting your mindset from being a potential winner to being a 15-20th place guy. That was the biggest change in mentality of not having a package that you could stand on the podium any given weekend but you just have to accept that. You're a much smaller fish than in the BSB paddock but you don't feel that because everyone makes you feel welcome and it's a friendly paddock and atmosphere.

There's obviously a language barrier that I don't quite have and I'd like to gain a bit more Spanish and Italian. English is the main language in the paddock but overall it's been good.
Of the new tracks what was your favourite?

Michael Laverty:
Philip Island! I loved it and I'm looking forward going back next year. I know all the tracks now and there were quite a few that were good fun but everyone loves it. I was hoping that I would enjoy it and it didn't disappoint. It's a really enjoyable track to ride.

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December 12, 2013 1:39 PM

Interesting. Laverty is another racer who seems able to communicate good insight into his situation without upsetting his employers and suppliers by saying the wrong thing. With Aprilia / PBM resources, then developing a bike to compete with a Honda Proddie bike (let alone a Factory bike) is a monumental task. Just collecting and analysing data and translating that into electronic solutions must take months, where he big boys can just throw manpower and resources at the data and extrapolate solutions 100 times faster. There's SO much data now. That means HUGE demands for data analysis, which has to disadvantage the smaller teams beyond belief. Yet... RSMick tells us that Marquez could jump on ML's Aprilia and put it close to the podium. FWIW I reckon Laverty & the team have done a great job with what they had. That doesn't mean they had enough to genuinely COMPETE. Virtually no-one does in MotoGP.

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