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.