PBM buoyed by ‘phenomenal’ performance

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

PBM experienced a numbers of positives at the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, not least as the English team notched up its second double finish in as many races. This included 16th place for Michael Laverty, on the team’s own-built bike.

The weekend started off on a good note as Yonny Hernandez led the CRT runners by finishing 11th in opening free practice. Whereas the Colombian is using the team’s ART chassis, teammate Laverty – who has stepped up to MotoGP from the British Superbike Championship – has the task of developing the PBM in-house bike.

"I've got to be happy with this weekend but I'm left wanting more, as a mistake on the opening lap - when I selected a false neutral - put me off-track and dead last," explains Laverty. "I fought back through to 16th as the fourth CRT, so it's a big improvement on Qatar.

"My goal for this weekend was to hassle the FTR Kawasakis and in the race I caught, passed and pulled a gap on them all - so I would say we exceeded our target for Round 2. We have taken a big step forward with the PBM bike. Time was always against us coming into the season but now we are making inroads with our base settings for the chassis and electronics; I believe we can take another step forward in Jerez as we now have a clear direction on where we need to improve."

Paul Bird, now in his second full season of MotoGP as a team owner and very much encouraged by his outfit’s latest outing, also heads to Spain in optimistic form.

"That was a fantastic weekend for us and all credit to the riders and team," he says. "We have had four races, scored World Championship points in half of them and had a worst finish of 17th on a brand-new bike which we've built ourselves; so all things considered it's been phenomenal, really.

"We are climbing unchartered mountains with this project and I couldn't be happier with the results - and especially the attitude and performance - of the riders."

PBM made its debut in 2012, running a single bike for James Ellison who finished ninth at the season-closing event in Valencia.

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