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Back on track: Interview with Damian Cudlin

Back on track: Interview with Damian Cudlin

Damian Cudlin will make a welcome return to the MotoGP™ paddock as he joins PBM at MotorLand Aragon this weekend. The 30-year-old Australian will take the place of Yonny Hernandez, who has undertaken a new challenge with Ignite Pramac Racing.

Hailing from Sydney, Cudlin first competed on the World Championship stage at the 2010 Moto2™ race in Germany, in which he finished seventh. He returned to the intermediate category last year for two outings, although his only MotoGP™ roles to date came in 2011. He is now thoroughly looking forward to taking up the task of riding the PBM in-house bike, as teammate Michael Laverty switches to PBM’s ART machine that had previously been ridden by Hernandez. Cudlin will compete both in Aragon this coming weekend and at Phillip Island next month.

Damian, you are making your MotoGP™ return at MotorLand Aragon this weekend – how do you feel to be back in the World Championship?

I am really excited about it! I can’t wait to throw my leg over the bike. I think it is something every rider dreams of doing: being in MotoGP™. I am no different. It is going to be great to be back there. I have had a little taste of it before, having had the chance to ride for Pramac Ducati back in 2011 and then also for Aspar Ducati at Phillip Island. I suffered a bit of bad luck in both of those outings and thought that was maybe going to be the end of my MotoGP™ chances; so to have this thing come along now has really given me a whole new hope again, that I can still get myself into MotoGP™, and I can’t wait!

Do you have much experience of riding MotorLand Aragon?

I have been to Aragon before. I rode there when I was a development rider for Kalex, going there on what might have even been the first time they opened up the track for bikes, back at the start of 2010. So I have been there before and I do know the track, which is handy. Obviously I don’t know anything about the PBM bike I will be riding, but I do have a bit of experience with the class and with MotoGP™ bikes in general; I have done a lot of development work with the Suter-BMW CRT bike and I know the Bridgestone tyres plus the brakes, so I do have some experience with those things which probably helped get me the job.

How well do you know your teammate-to-be, Michael Laverty?

I have met Michael just in passing. Back in 2009, when he was doing some AMA stuff in the States, I was over there at the same time and in fact on one occasion filled in for him in AMA when he had a British Superbike commitment. I am looking forward to working with him. In fact, his ‘missus’ Jodi was the one who designed my Convict logo, so it will be a laugh working with those guys.

Is it too early to be asking about MotoGP™ possibilities for next year?

At the moment, I couldn’t tell you what I am doing next year because I don’t really know! It is all open, but I do think one positive is that this is the best time to come in and do these things because everything is up in the air at the moment, so it would be a good time for me to come in and do a good job. I am just going to try and focus on getting the most out of the bike and doing the best job I can; if something then comes out of it, that will be a bonus.


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