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MotoGP Misano: Options for Laverty in WSBK and BSB

“It's disappointing to lose your place in MotoGP but nice to see WSBK and BSB options on good equipment to compete for the championship” – Michael Laverty.
With PBM selling its grid slots for 2015, Michael Laverty admits that his chances of staying in MotoGP are slim - interested teams stating he would need to bring a budget to race.

As a result, Laverty was in both the BSB and WSBK paddocks last weekend, holding discussions about next season.

"I've been at a race track every weekend since the summer break so I didn't want to break that sequence so I decided to go to two races last weekend!” Laverty said at Misano on Thursday.

“I was at Jerez for the Thursday and Friday and I had some interest from some WSBK teams which was quite nice and a lot of them were pretty keen on me. Then on Saturday I went to Donington Park and there's a lot of interest there for BSB.

"Obviously Paul's been pretty keen to put a package together to keep me with PBM [in BSB] next year. I'm in a pretty strong position for next year but I don't have anything finalised yet.

“It's disappointing to lose your place in MotoGP but it's hard to stay here without a financial package to back you. But it's nice to see WSBK and BSB interested in you and giving options on good equipment to compete for the championship.

“It's all positive for next season and it'll be over the next two to three weeks that I'll get something finalised so it's nice to have healthy options on the table."

Laverty comes to Misano filled with confidence from a strong British Grand Prix where he felt that he "got the most from the package."

At Silverstone he finished as the leading 'CRT' rider and three seconds off the tail of the Open Honda's and having had a solid race at Misano last year he is looking forward to this weekend's 28 lap San Marino Grand Prix:

"I had a bit of a battle with de Puniet here last year and I felt OK in the race and the bike wasn't too bad and it worked pretty well," said Laverty. "We had some issues with stopping the bike but we've improved that a lot this year so I'm hoping to roll out tomorrow closer to the laptimes that we need. Last year we were doing 37's so we're hoping to be into the 36's and 35's. Hopefully we'll get it into the ballpark and battle with the other CRT's and chase the customer Honda's again."

Misano is one of the few tracks from last year that Laverty can compare the PBM to the ART bike that he finished 2013 on board and when comparing the bikes the Irishman felt that the PBM was competitive at Misano:

"The bike goes through the fast turns on the back straight quite good and it rolls through them pretty good so it has some strengths here. I rode the ART bike at the Monday Test last year and it chattered a lot whereas ours doesn't really chatter too much. I remember last year it was very difficult to stop and that made it hard to ride but that's been a big improvement this year so fingers crossed we'll have a good balanced package straight away. It could rain tomorrow and a day of rain would be fine, we're always strong in the wet, and then the weekend looks to be good. So hopefully we can have a good dig at it this weekend."

Tagged as: Eugene Laverty , PBM

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September 11, 2014 10:38 PM
Last Edited 770 days ago

Michael is a really nice guy, but I wish someone would ask a question I'm sure so many people would like to know the answer to... Why are you so keen to stay in MotoGP when the best you could possibly hope for is breaking the top 15? I thought riders wanted to win? Can't be very well paid? Is it the travelling the world? Being in the same paddock as legendary MotoGP riders? WHAT? No disrespect to Michael, honest, am just curious why any rider wants to continue riding at the back of the MotoGP grid when they could be scoring podiums in other series. Current WSB champion Tom Sykes won't go to MotoGP unless he is on a competitive bike. It won't happen hence he is happy to stay in WSB. Why are you so keen to stay in MotoGP as a backmarker? Would be genuinely interested to know. Cheers!


September 11, 2014 11:40 PM

@1050 Was thinking exactly the same and could only come up with a - the pay is much better b - you are better placed to be noticed by better teams c - going to a 'lesser' series looks like you're on the way out. there may also be an element of 'once you're gone, you're forgotten' as well. Even the back markers have to believe that they can be winners though, and that a big team will sign them, even if - in some cases - its more likely that they'll give birth.

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