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Michael Laverty in the frame for PBM MotoGP ride

23 November 2012

Michael Laverty could make the move from BSB to MotoGP next season.

The 31-year-old Northern Irishman, brother of World Superbike star Eugene, finished fifth in this year's BSB series with Samsung Honda and has three main possibilities for 2013.

Laverty told the Belfast Telegraph that two of those are to remain in BSB - alongside Alex Lowes at Honda or with Shaun Muir's former title-winning Yamaha team - but admits to be very tempted by the PBM MotoGP chance.

"I've got on really well with both Honda and Yamaha [BSB] teams these past two seasons, but the lure of the world championship and racing against Edwards and de Puniet in CRT is appealing," said Laverty, a seven time BSB race winner.

"It's something I don't really want to pass by."

If Laverty takes up the offer it is unclear if he would ride the ART Aprilia or a 'PBM machine'. Colombian Yonny Hernandez has been long linked to PBM but is yet to be confirmed.

Laverty looks to have moved into the frame after PBM's reigning BSB champion Shane Byrne turned down the chance to return to MotoGP next year.

'PBM UK will once again be contesting the MotoGP World Championship [in 2013] where they will be running a two-man team with one rider aboard the CRT-specification Aprilia ART machine and the second rider aboard a PBM machine, details of which will be announced shortly, as well as a testing programme,' said a recent team statement, announcing Byrne's BSB decision.

Laverty, who says he would be paid for the MotoGP ride, was previously at PBM during the 2005 and 2006 BSB seasons.

James Ellison, who raced for PBM during the team's debut MotoGP campaign, could move in the opposite direction to Laverty and return to BSB next year. Ellison is linked with a return to Muir's team, which won the 2011 BSB title with Tommy Hill.


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