-- Aragon Disappointment For PBM
As if recent results hadn't gone the way of the team, this weekend saw even
worse bad luck being encountered by the Penrith-based PBM MotoGP Team at round
14 of the MotoGP World Championship at Aragon as both riders retired in the
With the recent changes in the team seeing Ulsterman Michael Laverty progress
from the PBM-chassised Aprilia to the Aprilia ART with Australian Damian Cudlin
being drafted in to ride the PBM machine, hopes were high for a change of
Laverty, from Toome in County Antrim, on the Rapid Solicitors and
Minxflix.com-sponsored Aprilia ART gradually upped his pace throughout free
practice as German-based Cudlin spent time getting used to the unique Rapid
Solicitors and Minxflix.com-sponsored PBM machine.
As high as 14th in free practice, Laverty managed to qualify in 20th place with
Cudlin four places further back going into the 23-lap race but it wasn't to last
long as firstly Laverty was involved in an opening lap crash and then a couple
of laps later, Cudlin joined him on the sidelines with a gearbox issue.
Despite the disappointment, Laverty remains in 24th overall in the MotoGP World
Championship standings in his debut season. In the Claiming Rules Teams (CRT)
class, Laverty is in tenth whereas PBM occupy eighth in the Constructors
Championship and 12th in the Teams Championship in their debut season with their
brand new British-built machine.
Michael Laverty: "It had been a good weekend up until the race, we improved with
every session as I got more comfortable on the ART and the team adjusted the
bike to suit me. We had the pace but unfortunately we never got to show it as I
got taken out on the opening lap following a good start. It's frustrating when
you're not at fault however it's a DNF nonetheless. I feel really positive about
our potential on the ART and I'm really looking forward to the three flyaway
races in Asia which kick off in a fortnight's time."
Damian Cudlin: "It's a real pity that my race came to an end so quickly as I was
really looking forward to fighting with a couple of the guys in front of me, but
that's the way it goes sometimes. It was a difficult weekend but this is MotoGP
and the level is very high! I really enjoyed being back in the GP paddock
though, and the PBM team were fantastic to work for. I hope that with this
experience under my belt, I can start to build and improve at the next race."
Phil Borley, Technical Director: "In racing some days just don't go your way and
certainly in the race, nothing went well for us with both our riders completing
less than three laps. The most frustrating thing was we could not see what our
race pace would have been, both for Michael on the ART bike and Damian with his
first race on the PBM bike. Michael made a good start and had made up some
places when he was hit by another rider, resulting in a crash and Damian had
some downshift problems, which he believed were a repeat of some issues we
encountered in one of the sessions earlier. Despite our disappointment we will
continue to work hard and hope for better fortune in Malaysia."
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