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Laverty confirmed for MotoGP 2014

Michael Laverty

Michael Laverty

  • by Kyle White
 

Michael Laverty will compete in the MotoGP World Championship for a second season in 2014 alongside new team-mate Broc Parkes.

Laverty, who made his premier class debut this year, was confirmed in Paul Bird’s MotoGP outfit on Wednesday night.

Cumbrian team owner Bird will also run Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne and Stuart Easton on Kawasaki machines in the MCE British Superbike Championship.

It is understood the MotoGP team will receive additional support from Aprilia in 2014 as Laverty aims to build on the experience he gained in his maiden campaign on the PBM and ART machines in the Claiming Rules Team [CRT] category, which will become the new Open class next year.

“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,” Laverty said.

“Everyone has told me that year two is much 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.”

Laverty finished 25th overall in the world championship standings this year, clinching a best finish of 13th at Jerez to score his first series points.

He tested with Bird’s BSB riders Byrne and Easton at Cartagena in Spain earlier this week before the MotoGP deal was rubber-stamped.

Australian rider Parkes is a former runner-up in the World Supersport Championship and raced a Kawasaki for the PBM team in World Superbikes in 2009.

Team boss Bird said: “It’s taken a little while but I’ve got the four riders I wanted in the two championships I wanted to race in. 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 our partners and Michael and Broc are very capable of delivering.”

Each of Bird’s BSB and MotoGP machines are expected to run in the traditional British Racing Green next season and the team will be officially unveiled at the London Motorcycle Show from February 15-16.

 

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