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Acclimatisation continues for Broc Parkes

Broc Parkes completed his second day of testing in Malaysia on Wednesday, with the rookie achieving an ambition by racing in the MotoGP™ premier class this year.

2014 is not Parkes’ first foray into the World Championship, as the Australian made a one-off wildcard appearance in the 125 class at his home Grand Prix in 1999. This week, he is adapting to the PBM machine alongside team-mate Michael Laverty.

"This is my first time here," Parkes says of the Sepang International Circuit. "Yesterday was really a learning day with the bike, tyres and brakes which are all new. I am just trying to feel my way around and to get used to everything; considering all of that, I think we went pretty well.

"The bike seems good; it doesn’t do anything bad and, slowly, I am just starting to become accustomed to the bike. Our team is quite small, so I think it is going to be quite difficult at times - with such a small team and budget – to be able to compete with the big guys, but I am looking forward to it. I can also follow some of the other guys around to learn the tracks.

"It is a dream come true to race in MotoGP™ and against those guys. Yesterday, I just wanted to learn the track and not get in their way!"

This year, PBM has elected to race two of its own-made motorcycles, as opposed to using one PBM frame and one ART bike as it did last year. In terms of the team's line-up, aforementioned Laverty remains - now alongside Parkes - whereas Yonny Hernandez has joined Pramac Racing full-time after switching to the Italian team from PBM last September.

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MotoGP, 2014, Broc Parkes, Paul Bird Motorsport

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