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Italy MotoGP: Another 16th for ‘top CRT’ Laverty

“It's frustrating to finish 16th again and not have a point on the board but we're consistently the top CRT”- Michael Laverty.
Michael Laverty was satisfied with being the 'top CRT' in the Italian MotoGP, but having finished 16th for the fifth time in six races the Irishman could be excused for wondering when his first points of the season will come.

Although racing in the new Open class, the PBM, Ioda and Avintia teams are still using machinery heavily based on the former CRT rules.

PBM's Laverty admitted that there are only small performance gains to be made and that at present the team are getting the maximum from their package:

"To be fair we couldn't do much more than 16th. We were eight seconds back from Colin and it was a good race to finish as top CRT bike again which is all we could do today. I had a good consistent pace and the bike was working nicely but again it was a little bit of a lonely race once I got past Broc [Parkes] and Mike [di Meglio].

"I got past Barbera and then he dropped out and after that I gapped Broc and Mike and kept my lap times consistent by watching the timer. I knew that the bike was working well on used tyres and once the grip went down I was able to still do good lap times and be consistent in the '51s."

For the first time this season PBM brought new parts to a grand prix with an upgrade of the fuel tank, allowing them to distribute weight more evenly around the chassis and change the weight distribution compared to the previous version.

Laverty had struggled for confidence on full tanks of fuel and the new tank used for the first time at Mugello prompted an overly cautious approach to turn one.

"I made a good start but I braked too early and was a little safe into the first corner and by doing that I got swamped and got stuck on the back. The new fuel tank was a bit of an improvement but our bike is a little bit strange in that with grip it doesn't work as well as when the grip drops a little bit. The guys that I was fighting with are better when they're bikes have grip compared to ours so I had to work hard to get past them in the early laps.

"I lost a few seconds to di Meglio because he flew in the early laps and got towed away with Colin. The bike was better in the early laps and it wasn't pushing through the corners but the way that we had it setup this weekend was better on used tyres compared to when had new tyres. So once we were three laps in the bike stayed consistent and I could get into the middle of the corner and break traction to finish off the corner. When you have grip I couldn't break traction and it would stray offline."

When asked about his run of finishes in 16th, just one place from a world championship point, Laverty commented that at the moment he needs riders to retire to have a chance of scoring points this season:

"It's annoying to be relying on people to drop out of the race to score points but that's what we need to happen. It's frustrating to finish 16th again and not have a point on the board but we're consistently the top CRT. Hopefully those points will come to us but we're doing what we have to do by finishing as the top CRT. The other Open class bikes like Colin and Pirro are consistently half a second faster and we can't bridge that gap so we'll just keep working on the bike."

Tagged as: PBM , Eugene Laverty

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June 03, 2014 12:34 PM

Michael Laverty is getting excellent results on a home-made chassis in a team run by a chicken farmer. I can't remember the last time he was last on the grid after qualifying. I can't remember the last time he finished last in the race. I can't remember the last time he fell off and failed to finish the race. He is in a truly private team with a fraction of the resources of other competitors. Say what you like about Birdy, but his small team is racing in the Blue Riband Class and getting genuine results far better than anyone could reasonably have expected.


June 03, 2014 12:54 PM
Last Edited 219 days ago

They are making the most of what they have and doing a great job no doubt. This whole 3 tier motogp thing is bad for the sport though...especially when there is such a huge gap between the tiers. I remember that the privateer Honda 500 twins, aprilla and even KR bikes could get in the mix at certain twisty tracks back in the day but the likes of the open Honda seem to be way off threatening the front few rows at any track and the CRT dont have a prayer

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