Broc Parkes joins PBM MotoGP team with Michael Laverty

2014 will be PBM's third season in the premier class

PAUL Bird Motorsport (PBM) have announced that Australian Broc Parkes will join Michael Laverty in the PBM MotoGP team next season. 

31-year-old Parkes has spent several seasons in the World Supersport Championship where he finished second in both 2004 and 2007, but the Australian also featured in the World Superbike Championship for three full seasons including a year with the previous PBM Kawasaki team in 2009. 

Parkes said: "Firstly, I'd like to say a massive thanks to Paul Bird for the opportunity to work with his team once again; I'm really looking forward to it." 

"This is the premier class and it's every rider's dream to race in MotoGP. I know this is going to be a tough season but I'm certainly up for the challenge, I can't wait to get started."

2014 will be the beginning of the third season in MotoGP for the PBM team and Michael Laverty's second season although extra help from Aprilia has been confirmed.

32-year-old Laverty commented: "We learned so much in year one that I'm delighted Paul has continued his involvement with MotoGP and that he's given me the opportunity to continue with the project.

"Everyone has told me that year two is must easier so the aim is to put into place what we have learned and to raise our game accordingly. The class is going to be a lot tougher with the new production bikes but our aim is to consistently score points."

Both Laverty and Parkes will be riding 'PBM Aprilias' as it is assumed the team will continue to use their own chassis with the Aprilia ART engine.

Cumbrian based PBM Team owner Paul Bird concluded: "We've done a lot of spade work in MotoGP over the past two seasons so the plan is to build on that and work with out partners Michael and Broc are very capable of delivering."


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