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Acclimatisation continues for Broc Parkes

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.

MotoGP, 2014, Broc Parkes, Paul Bird Motorsport

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