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Matthew Birt  says:

Michael Laverty makes stunning MotoGP debut in Sepang

Few people would have given Michael Laverty a prayer of finishing third fastest CRT rider ahead of this week’s three-day MotoGP test at the long and technical Sepang track. Yet the Irish rider produced one of the big surprises of the first major test of 2013 when he rode the Paul Bird Motorsport Aprilia ART machine to a best lap of...

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Nov 03

Posts: 2225

saturn392 says:

Nice idea in theory Wosi

but would the major factories back that kind of change ?    If not and HRC plus Yamaha pulled the plug the only alternative would be a Moto1 class which IMO would produce the sort of racing that everyone hankers after but on the other hand would upset the MotoGP purists.   All in all - like it or not - forward is the only way to go which unfortunately means scalextric bikes where the riders just provide ballast.   Personally not being a purist I would welcome the Moto1 approach and get back to real man to man racing.

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Jul 12

Posts: 3189

wosihound says:


Of course they wouldn't would mean they might get some competition.

What I find interesting, is this new deal where Suzuki will have to go through an IRTA team to get on the grid, which presumably will apply to any other Factory thinking of swelling the ranks?

Will Suzuki, as most defintely a Manufacturer, get invited to join Honda, Yamaha & Ducati in the MSMA thereby having more say in future rules and more power?

Call me cynical if you like, but I'd be surprised.

After spending millions to decimate competition under rules made for them..would Honda weaken their position by giving equality to Suzuki, Aprilia, BMW & Kawasaki?

Nakamoto has said he's not interested in good racing don't forget.

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Dec 12

Posts: 10

VisorViews says:

Rainmakers looking pretty silly now after his anti-Laverty outburst.

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Sep 12

Posts: 209

MrKrabs says:

Didn't KR JR run a Honda engine in a custom chassis in 2006 and do pretty well?

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Jul 11

Posts: 1891

CHRainmaker says:

Visorviews, well spotted mate..

..I'm not the sharpest knife in the, err...knife-thing.

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Nov 03

Posts: 2225

saturn392 says:


Yes Honda provided 5 cyclinder engines for Kenny Roberts and Kenny junior rode the KR211V  to 6th in the championship in 2006.  Honda also provided Kenny with 800cc engines in 2007 but the bike was not competitive and Kenny withdrew due to lack of funding.

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Apr 09

Posts: 478

1986vfr750 says:

That was some impressive debut for laverty. Correct me if im wrong, but isnt laverty on the paulbird chassis with the aprilla motor and spec ecu? His teammate is on the full ART...aprillia motor and chassis. Maybe the paulbird frame has gotten rid of the chatter that seem to plague the art out of the box. Anyways great opportunity and hes really delivering the goods

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Mar 09

Posts: 33

kwakakid says:

well impressed

Really pleased for mr laverty,lets hope he keeps the momentum going, obviosly gone into it in the correct frame of mind, really hope he gets his rewards next year, stay safe Michael.

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Sep 12

Posts: 4

Mintyj87 says:

"There is so much emphasis put on how long it takes to adapt to the tyres and the brakes and how much harsher the more rigid MotoGP bikes are to ride" correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't he riding CRT not Motogp

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Sep 11

Posts: 23

2vforeva says:

Good effort

Hats off to Laverty. Adjusting to the bridgestones alone is a good effort. But the carbon brakes will need some major recalibration of the brain and adapting of some muscle memory.
I know the PBM boys really want to try there new frame etc. Hopefully they will have a the same ART available next time for him to use for reference. I'd surely hope so!

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