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MotoGP's Laverty, Parkes hoping for Le Mans 24 Hours

“We have been requested by Yamaha to come back and have another go” – Michael Laverty.
After an early exit in Oschersleben, PBM MotoGP riders Michael Laverty and Broc Parkes are hoping to make a further Endurance World Championship appearance at the Le Mans 24 Hours.

The season-ending French event takes place from September 20-21, between the Misano and Aragon MotoGP rounds.

“We have been requested by Yamaha to come back and have another go, myself and Broc,” Laverty told Crash.net. “So if Paul [Bird] says it's ok, then we'll do the Le Mans 24 Hours.”

Laverty and Parkes shared a Monster Energy-backed Yamaha R1 at Oschersleben in August, where the pair made an instant impact by leading free practice, then qualifying second on the grid.

“The Yamaha was completely new to me and the team didn't have any past data for the Pirelli tyres. But we came out and I was the fastest guy on track within about the first hour of practice - then unfortunately I found the limit and crashed it!” said Laverty.

“What a way to join a new team! First morning with them and I totally obliterated the bike. I just pushed the limit of the tyre and lost the front, but unfortunately the bike hit the barrier, somersaulted and landed in a bank. It was the worst I have ever wrecked a motorbike!

“The guys were really good about it though. They said, 'It doesn't matter. You're fast. We can repair the bike'. But it was interesting to be so fast straight away at a new circuit with a new bike, new tyres and new brakes. I think these two years in MotoGP have definitely made me a more polished rider technically.”

A further accident in the race, this time for Parkes, saw their speed unrewarded.

“We were running second after the third hour when we crashed out,” Laverty explained.

“Both myself and Broc had lost time to [the race winning] Honda team in the first two stints. We were having front tyre issues, so we switched to a harder front and had already taken 20 seconds back from the Honda. Then unfortunately Broc was just pushing the envelope a little bit hard to try and regain the time lost and crashed out.

“For sure we would have finished in second place but we were challenging for the win. So mixed feelings, but it was so nice to be battling at the front and competitive again. I'd missed that feeling.”

PBM is planning to double its BSB presence next year by moving the present MotoGP operation to the British Championship, running alongside its title-leading Kawasaki team.

Laverty and Parkes have both been offered the chance to stay with the team for BSB 2015.


Tagged as: Eugene Laverty , PBM

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Perenialnovice

September 03, 2014 9:36 AM

Mart247: Great that you are quick but the reason it's called ENDURANCE is it's about finishing. Hence the fastest people aren't always the 1st to finish, other than Suzuka maybe.
To be fair, it also about experience. You are quite correct, they have to pace themselves, but they will be better prepared next time out.



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