With his brother Eugene making headlines at World Superbike level, Michael Laverty grasped an unexpected opportunity to establish his name on the global stage in 2013 as part of Paul Bird Motorsport’s ambitious MotoGP campaign.
On paper it was a challenging arrangement, with Laverty - inexperienced in terms of GP competition and the circuits - riding PBM’s brand new chassis and as the only Aprilia-powered entry using the control ECU system.
With this in mind, perhaps it was understandable that Laverty’s points were limited to a 13th place in Spain.
Despite this, Laverty was praised for his feedback and consistency, although his main regret was not getting “a good crack at it” after inheriting the full ART from departing team-mate Yonny Hernandez late in the year.
Laverty remains at PBM for 2014, when the team will run two of its own ART-powered PBM machines.