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Laverty excited by MotoGP opportunity

“There's quite a lot of money behind it on my side of the garage to develop the electronics and they have put their faith in me.

“I've been with the team before and they know that I'm quite analytical and I like to go into the detail of the electronics, whereas some other riders don't really like to get too involved with that.

“You learn from your mistakes but I've rode Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki Superbikes in the last few years and each of those had their own strengths and weaknesses and it was a big learning curve, so hopefully I can take that experience into next season.”

The opportunity to move to the MotoGP class was one that Laverty could not turn down and he intends to make the most of it to bolster his chances of continuing with Bird in 2014.

“It's a bit of a long-term project but I don't have a two-year contract and there is no guarantee [of a second year in the team].

“But if things go to plan this year and I perform well and develop the bike to a good level then hopefully the year after I can continue and have an engine in that chassis that would put us closer to the prototype bikes,” added Laverty.

“Ideally, that's where I want it to go and I hope we're successful enough to allow it to continue on for a second season.”

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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 !

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.

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