It's been 15 long years since Australia's Broc Parkes made his Grand Prix debut as a 125cc wildcard entry but the PBM rider is thrilled to have been granted a 'dream' chance in MotoGP in 2014.

Parkes joins Northern Ireland's Michael Laverty in Paul Bird's team and is excited by the opportunity to try his luck at GP level after his solitary outing at the Australian Grand Prix in 1999.

"It was a long time ago," Parkes said. "I was racing in the Australian championship on an (Aprilia) RS125, won in that and had a wildcard at the GP. It was a bit of an experience; I think we were 20 or more kilometres down on the straight, so it was a little bit difficult. It's always a dream to be in GP."

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A former double runner-up in the World Supersport Championship, Parkes - from New South Wales - has been a familiar face in the World Superbike paddock in recent seasons.

He was offered the chance to join PBM last year following the departure of Yonny Hernandez to Pramac Ducati but was forced to turn down the move due to his contractual obligations to Yamaha, paving the way for fellow Aussie Damian Cudlin to step into the breach.

"Paul Bird is a good friend of mine," the 32-year-old told the official MotoGP website.

"I have been friends with him for many years and rode for him in World Superbikes in 2009, then kept the relationship. He mentioned this to me last year, but I was contracted to Yamaha at the time and couldn't fill in for an injured rider.

"He then rang me at the end of last year and it happened really quickly. He said to me, 'It's going to be a difficult year. You're not going to be winning races but you're on the right page. It's a good opportunity - are you up for it?' I am for sure up for it and I'm really excited."

Parkes and Laverty will ride PBM's bespoke racer this season with upgraded Aprilia engines.