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Laverty confirms ART switch

"I have elected to ride the ART as I feel I can have better results on it" - Michael Laverty.
By Stephen English

Following a successful post-race test at Misano, PBM's Michael Laverty has confirmed that he will race an ART for the remainder of the 2013 MotoGP season.

The Irishman has been racing PBM's own Aprilia-powered chassis during his rookie season to date, but with Yonny Hernandez moving to Pramac an opportunity presented itself to switch to the team's full ART motorcycle (including Aprilia electronics).

Laverty and PBM used the Misano test to provide a back-to-back comparison between the two bikes and - having been more competitive on the ART - he has decided to race that machine for the remaining five races.

“The test went well, highlighted the issues I've been talking about with our bike,” commented Laverty. “So now rather than saying I think we need to do this or that I can say 100% what needs changing for us to improve it.

“They can't make the big changes before the upcoming races so I have elected to ride the ART as I feel I can have better results on it.”

The change in bikes provides a new challenge for Laverty, who is enthusiastic about his chances for the rest of the season: “It's a completely different bike to ride and set-up so looking forward to getting stuck in at Aragon and see where I can get to on it.”

Hernandez's replacement is yet to be announced.


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TalentFan

September 22, 2013 10:09 PM

Michael impressed on his first test on that bike before the PBM Bike was ready so he might just surprise a few people in these last races. It'd be mega to see ML nearer the front of the CRT battle. If (when IMO) he runs better it'll highlight AGAIN the hotchpotch that the MotoGP grid is and the disparity of stupid proportions that exists through the field. To all the braying fools who post ad nauseum that MM is winning cos hes the best rider I say stick him on MLs old PBM and see how he goes. It's increasingly the BIKE & PACKAGE that determines who wins, NOT the skill of the pilot. Sad but true.

Cammyspop

September 23, 2013 11:15 AM

So you're saing Laverty is better than Marquez? Or at least as good as Marquez? If not what's the point of your second two paragraphs? I don't want to take anything away from Laverty, but Marquez is an exceptional talent (not that I'm saying he's best in the world) whereas Laverty just doesn't have the wins to back up what you seem to be saying. A single British Supersport's title in well over a decade of competition does nothing to suggest he could be among the MotoGP elite no matter what he rides.



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