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Bird putting PBM’s MotoGP future in place

PBM's bike is the only entry running an Aprilia engine with the brand-new standard ECU system, which will be made compulsory next season.

“We knew we were going to get a rough ride with the standard ECU this year. But we were the first people to commit to that. I told Carmelo [Ezpeleta] we'd do it before anyone else,” said Bird.

“It was the right thing to do and the experience should pay off next year, especially if we stay with Aprilia.”

Almost certainly staying with PBM will be Laverty.

Plucked from BSB to ride the new machine, the 32-year-old - brother of WSBK star Eugene - has looked at home in MotoGP ever since his debut test, on Hernandez's spare ART, at Sepang in February.

“I'm very keen to keep Michael,” confirmed Bird. “We got him at a bit of steal this year. I'd like to get him some more money and ramp him up a bit next year. The team will be happy to keep him.”

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June 21, 2013 5:38 PM

grateful he has joined motogp but i don't really appreciate his attitude to his riders , he wants to keep laverty and no mention of yonny who is beating laverty and in my belief is a better rider , the pressure he piled on ellison and then threw him away was very disrespectful despite ellisons great rides on the untested machine that bird would not believe it had problems.


June 21, 2013 6:18 PM

I remember watching BSB earlier this year, and when they were talking to Ellison he mentioned how he found out he'd been replaced at PBM when he watched an interview with Paul Bird. Bird didn't even have the courtesy to tell him himself or even get a member of the team to do it.

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