The final race of the MotoGP season will also be the final race for PBM and Michael Laverty was pleased to get the most from the bike and qualify two seconds from pole, albeit in 22nd.

When asked after the session to assess his qualifying effort Laverty said:

"Laptime wise I was really happy with that," said Laverty. "I think that there's only been a few times that we didn't match or beat Aleix's times from last year on the full ART bike. We don't have the electronics that he used last year but we've the same engine and today's time would have put us into Q2 last year. It just shows how much the back of the grid has progressed this season."

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The pace in Valencia has been very competitive with Laverty managing to outqualify one Open Honda, Karel Abraham, and get close to the pace of the likes of Nicky Hayden in practice.

"I'm happy because I got the most out of it and we were close to the customer Honda riders, Nicky was a tenth faster than us in FP4 so we're looking pretty good this weekend. It's a tough little track because it's a bit like a go-kart track because you have to ride it on the limit at every corner. You've got to push everywhere and on the Open bike you're not losing out too much. I think that race pace wise I can consistently do high '33s so we'll see how it goes in the race."