Cudlin in place as PBM restructures

Monday, 23 September 2013

Damian Cudlin has been signed by PBM to take the place of Yonny Hernandez, who is now covering for Ben Spies. In the process, PBM has elected to switch Michael Laverty to the ART machine while Cudlin uses the in-house bike.

With Spies still on the sidelines, Hernandez was given permission by PBM to terminate his contract early in order to join Ignite Pramac Racing for a new challenge. His ART bike at PBM will now be ridden by former teammate Laverty, while 30-year-old Cudlin of Sydney, Australia makes a return to MotoGP™ with the task racing PBM’s own-designed machine, both in Aragon this weekend and the Australian GP next month.

"PBM are looking forward to working with Damian at the Aragon and Phillip Island GPs, where he will race the PBM bike," explains PBM Technical Director Phil Borley. "With his experience and knowledge, we hope to continue the development of our bike and have a positive weekend together. Unfortunately, we will not have the chance to test before the race and so the first sessions will be important for Damian to acclimatise to the bike, the Bridgestone tyres and carbon brakes. Our target will be to improve Damian's feeling in each session and give him a bike he is confident to race.

"Michael will switch to the ART bikes for the next races, as his feeling was positive when he tested them after the Misano race and we are interested to see if we can improve on our recent results."

Cudlin - the 2010 IDM German Supersport Champion and more recently a World Endurance rider - rode his single MotoGP™ race to date for Pramac, in Japan two years ago. He also made appearances last season, in the Moto2™ category at Assen and the Sachsenring.

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