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Michael Laverty explains PBM’s Aprilia MotoGP options

"Personally I see it that Ioda will run the ARTs with Camier and Petrucci and we'll run the PBMs with Aprilia engines" - Michael Laverty.
With confirmation that PBM will retain Michael Laverty for a second season in MotoGP - alongside rookie signing Broc Parkes - the next focus is to confirm the team's 2014 machinery.

While Thursday's press release stated 'PBM-Aprilias', negotiations are still ongoing.

The options available are for PBM to run their own chassis with the Aprilia engine - an upgraded version of the bike that debuted this year - or to race as a factory Aprilia supported team with the full 2014 ART chassis and engine package.

But with rumours circulating that Ioda are close to confirming a deal with the Italian manufacturer, and Leon Camier as the second rider, it is highly likely that PBM will run their own chassis.

Laverty is well placed to comment about the potential of each bike. The 32-year-old spent much of his rookie season on the PBM before taking over a 2012-spec ART from former team-mate Yonny Hernandez for the final third of the year, then testing the 2014 ART after the season-ending Valencia round.

The Ulsterman had suffered chattering problems with the 2012 model and, while he had only had limited time on next year's ART, Laverty was happier with the feeling from the PBM chassis - which had benefitted from electronic updates to the control ECU system.

Speaking exclusively to Crash.net shortly before the official announcement of his 2014 deal, Laverty said: "One of the nicest things was having the upgrades for the PBM and actually seeing that the potential that I said we had at the start of the year was now apparent. It was way easier to stop and didn't wheelie as much and I could ride it so much more aggressively.

“I said from the word go that the bike didn't stop and that it made it difficult, but on the Monday I thought, 'Whoa, this is a different bike to ride,' and I had a good test on it. I did similar laps on the last day as Espargaro's best Aprilia laps so could get the most out of it and it was working well.

"I was really happy with how it was going and that was the first time that I felt that I could ride it aggressively and rear wheel steer. It was working good for me and I was setting a good rhythm on it. When I rode Espargaro's 2014 ART, I got 12 laps on the Wednesday, and I think that the speed trap speeds were only a couple of miles an hour slower than the Production Honda but with our engines from this year it was six or seven mph.

"I think that if Aprilia give us the Spec 4 engine from the start of next year we won't be too far away, but we're hoping for a Spec 5 and that may not arrive until June. We're not sure but it might be quite late before we get the pneumatic valves and stuff.




Tagged as: Eugene Laverty

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Michael Laverty, German MotoGP Race 2014
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Michael Laverty, German MotoGP 2014

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TalentFan

December 12, 2013 1:51 PM

@BikeWatch. Yep. And not ONE of them supplied with a package to actually compete for a championship on. The drought for a BritishGP winner will continue. I think ALL the riders you mention are hugely talented. I also think that the UK is a strong enough viewer market for Dorna & BTSport to want/need British riders too. The politics and disparity in support and equipment means the only podium outside chance is Smith (if Valencia test is any indicator). Redding will be hamstrung by the limits HRC choose to impose upon his bike, & the fact that he isn't Repsol sponsored. Crutchlow can go at it 100% but needs a Ducati equipment miracle. ML & LC won't have the bikes, budget, engines or data geeks to get break out of the bottom third of the Standings.



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