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Broc Parkes joins Michael Laverty at PBM MotoGP team

"This is the premier class and it's every rider's dream to race in MotoGP" - Broc Parkes.
Broc Parkes will join Michael Laverty in the PBM MotoGP team for the 2014 season.

Parkes, 31, is a double title runner-up in World Supersport and has also spent several seasons in WSBK, including one year (2009) with the then PBM Kawasaki team.

Set to be the only Australian on the 2014 MotoGP grid, Parkes has made one previous GP appearance - as a 125cc wild-card in 1999 - before starting his world championship career in 2001.

"Firstly, I'd like to say a massive thanks to Paul Bird for the opportunity to work with his team once again; I'm really looking forward to it," said Parkes.

"This is the premier class and it's every rider's dream to race in MotoGP. I know this is going to be a tough season but I'm certainly up for the challenge, I can't wait to get started."

The team state that Laverty, 32, and Parkes will race "PBM Aprilias", suggesting PBM's own chassis with the Aprilia ART engine rather than the full ART package.

"We learned so much in year one that I'm delighted Paul has continued his involvement with MotoGP and that he's given me the opportunity to continue with the project," commented Laverty, who raced the new PBM-Aprilia for much of this year.

"Everyone has told me that year two is much easier so the aim is to put into place what we have learned and to raise our game accordingly. The class is going to be a lot tougher with the new production bikes but our aim is to consistently score points."

PBM are expected to continue in British Racing Green livery, with the team to be officially unveiled at the London Motorcycle Show from February 14-16.

Team owner Paul Bird stated: "We've done a lot of spade work in MotoGP over the past two seasons so the plan is to build on that and work with our partners and Michael and Broc are very capable of delivering."

Last month's provisional MotoGP entry list had named Laverty on a 'PBM/ART' with his team-mate 'To Be Confirmed'.

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December 11, 2013 11:52 PM

Good luck to Broc and thanks to PBM for giving him the opportunity, but it does seem like its a token move to keep an Aussie on the grid for Philip Island next year. Like Brian Staring, Broc will be battling to get any points or do anything of note just because of the machinery he's riding, let alone learning the circuits & tyres etc. Lets hope Dorna sort this farce of a category out soon so that we have more than 4 bikes capable of winning the race.


December 12, 2013 12:47 PM

RSMick. Youre unbelievable. In the literal sense. Why do you insist on trying to sell it that the gap between bikes, equipment, data, support in MotoGP is NOT an issue? You're like a propaganda machine for MotoGP. To try and say that Marquez would be front running or not far off on a PBM Aprilia is not just wild speculation & it flies fully in the face of everything. MotoGP is NOT competitive and certain riders DO have a very significant performance advantage. To try and sell the utter BULL that it is otherwise is just expecting Crash Readers to be gullible idiots. You are taking the Mick, Mick.

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