PBM's Michael Laverty finished a career best twelfth in the Malaysian MotoGP at Sepang.
What began as a difficult day for Laverty with an electronics problem in warm-up - due to damage from his big Saturday fall (see sequence below) - ended with the Ulsterman making big progress from 20th on the grid.
"I'm happy with that, I didn't expect to finish twelfth because it's a tough track and the straights really hurt us," said Laverty. "To be 1m17s off the winner isn't bad considering how much we give away on the two long straights. It was a good race because we've had an up and down weekend, we were strong in practice but the crash set us back a little bit in qualifying.
"I started the race on the crashed bike. We had a problem with the front wheel speed sensor on that bike in warm-up and that put all the electronics off and the failsafe failed too so the boys did a good job to get it ready for this afternoon. The electronics were all confused about where we were so it was a bit of a risk to use it in the race but the boys had the bike feeling like it did in FP3 and it felt comfortable."
Early in the race it looked as though the Ulsterman would be stranded at the back of the field having struggling to match the patch of Danilo Petrucci in the early laps and seeing the Italian eek out a gap over the course of the first five laps:
"I didn't have the pace of Petrucci and Aoyama in the early laps, they could gap me a little of the turns, so I didn't bust myself to hang on and I decided to keep my laptimes consistent and hoped that they'd come back to me. I kept consistent pace and I noticed that Petrucci was coming back to me and I had broken away from di Meglio.
"I don't know what happened to Petrucci because he dropped out just as I caught him so after that I had five laps and I tried to keep it as consistent as I could and then I saw that Aoyama had a problem and I was catching him but I needed another couple of laps to pass him. I was chuffed with today though to get 12th on the board and my best finish in MotoGP."
This result brings Laverty level on points in the standings with Mike di Meglio and Broc Parkes as MotoGP heads to Valencia and the last round of the season.
Laverty has had a strong season in 2014 with numerous races going unrewarded by points due to the gulf in performance between the PBM bike and the majority of the field. For Laverty however it was clearly a relief to have scored points in both Malaysia and Australia:
"It's been good to get points two races in a row. It's strange because I feel like the last three or four races have been tougher because we've had problems with grip but we've had good results. I've been doing this job for two years on the same bike and with very little development and progress but I haven't lost my motivation and I'm still pushing to get the maximum from the bike.
"Hopefully team bosses take note of that because a lot of people's heads would have gone down but I've kept pushing and working hard and haven't really let that affect me. I've given the best account of myself that I can every weekend and it's paid off with points in the last two races."
PBM are concentrating on BSB next year, with Laverty mulling over offers in various Superbike championships.