With Hector Barbera and Danilo Petrucci both armed with improved machinery at this weekend's Aragon MotoGP, Broc Parkes admitted that fighting with PBM team-mate Michael Laverty is now the most likely option for the remaining races.

The Australian was piped in qualifying by Laverty, but overall has been happier with his package this weekend and not struggled for rear grip like his team-mate.

"It's not easy and I think that Barbera going onto the Ducati has meant that he's stepped up so there's only four CRT bike now at the back and Petrucci has been quick this weekend," said Parkes. "I've not been too bad and Michael caught up and went quicker in qualifying. I think that it's not gone too bad and I'm in the position where I expected to be."

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With five races remaining before PBM withdraws from MotoGP there is no prospect of new parts for the rest of the season and the team are just trying to optimise their settings at each race however with only a skeleton crew Parkes commented that even doing that is difficult for the small squad:

"It's just a case of counting down the races to the end of the year. We don't have anything new so it's just a case of getting the best out of the package. From my side I'm just trying to ride the bike as hard as I can and my battle is with Michael because we've got the same equipment and I've got to do my best against him. But even on my side of the garage I don't really have a team behind me to make changes over the weekend so I'm just riding the bike around and trying to better myself on the bike.

"Overall we don't make a lot of changes to the bike and we just go out on track and ride it. It's a bit disappointing because you want to get better. Petrucci has now got a ride for next year and Aprilia are putting a lot behind him so he'll be more difficult to beat for the rest of the season."

With rides starting to be confirmed in World Superbikes the leading British Superbike places will start to fall into place soon and Parkes is keen to make sure that when the music stops in the coming weeks that he's sitting on a leading bike in BSB:

"I hope that it helps for next year. I'm waiting on Birdy but I'm also talking to Yamaha and another team in BSB. I've had offers from IDM and I've talked about some test riding stuff. I'm hoping to have something done before the fly away races and I'd like to go to BSB and get on a bike that can be competitive and be with a top team that can help me win. That's my number one goal and hopefully I'll know more this week. I'll go to Silverstone and see what we can do."


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No disrespect to the British series but it's pretty sad when a MotoGP rider's aspiration is to get a good ride in BSB.