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PBM Riders Just Miss Out In Argentina
Posted by: newsla on Apr 28, 2014 - 07:09 AM
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PBM Riders Just Miss Out In Argentina


Round three of the 2014 MotoGP World Championship headed for the first time to the Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo circuit for the Grand Prix Red Bull de la República Argentina and saw both PBM riders just miss out on the points.

 

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Ulsterman Michael Laverty and Australian Broc Parkes were hopeful of a good result and both showed good speed in the initial stages of free practice despite Laverty sliding off in one of the sessions.

Qualifying was encouraging as the track gave more grip and former World Supersport runner up Parkes planted the Rapid Solicitors and Silkolene-backed PBM on row six in 18th place as Laverty aboard the Rapid Solicitors and Silkolene-backed Aprilia ART-powered PBM slotted in a row further back in 20th position.

Managing to avoid the opening lap skirmishes, both riders for the Penrith-based team circulated inside the top 20 for the first half of the 25 lap race, Laverty in particular enjoying a battle with a number of other Open class machines for a share of the points as Parkes held sway just outside.

Having finished in a frustrating 16th place in both previous races, Laverty was hopeful of scoring his first points but after 25 hard fought laps, he had to settle for 18th at the flag as just four seconds separated him from the 15th placed Aleix Espargaro on his Open class Forward Yamaha.

PBM team-mate Parkes was hoping to add to the brilliant point he scored for 15th in Qatar on his Grand Prix debut having missed out in Texas a couple of weeks ago when he was forced to retire, but with another astonishingly low attrition rate, the Aussie had to settle for 21st at the flag..

With five finishes out of the six races completed so far and knocking on the door of the points at all three meetings, the PBM team is making significant development progress which will continue into the first European round of the season at Jerez in Spain next weekend.

The results mean that Parkes maintains 20th overall in the 2014 MotoGP World Championship table, ninth in the Open class standings and third in Rookie of the Year. With a pair of 16th place finishes and an 18th this weekend, Laverty has yet to register on the scoreboard but importantly for the PBM team, they occupy sixth place in the manufacturer's table and 12th in the team's standings going into the next race at Jerez.

Michael Laverty: "It was a good race for me this weekend, that's the first time I've finished less than one minute from the winner. It was a goal of mine and was tough to do on a CRT bike. Here, I lost too much time in the early laps with a full fuel load but had really good pace throughout after the opening five laps. Thanks to my team and we move onto Jerez where hopefully we can challenge for points again."

""Broc Parkes: "I was really happy with my qualifying position but in the race I just didn't have the pace that I expected. I still need to understand the bike a little more so I can get the best out of it in a race. I'm looking forward to Jerez next weekend as the track should suit us a little better."

Phil Borley, Technical Director: "We are happy with our results for PBM's first ever race in Argentina, especially Michael's overall time and performance in the race. Broc had qualified well but struggled in the race with less grip. For a small team that is the only remaining team in the MotoGP championship to use their own chassis to be lapping within 2.3 seconds a lap off the factory teams shows what we can achieve, and we know that we can further improve our package. Hopefully we can attract some support that will help us become more competitive in future races."


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