Round eight of the 2014 MotoGP World Championship heads for the historic Assen circuit in the Netherlands and sees the PBM MotoGP Team of Michael Laverty and Broc Parkes in action at the Iveco Daily TT Assen which takes place on Saturday.
With a remarkable run of 13 finishes out of the 14 races so far for the Penrith-based PBM MotoGP Team, consistency has been very much to the fore but sadly, the team has only one points scoring finish to show for their efforts courtesy of Parkes' 15th place at the opening round in Qatar.
Both Ulsterman Laverty and Australian Parkes will be hoping to add to their tally this weekend aboard the Rapid Solicitors and Silkolene-backed PBM machines at the popular Dutch track.
Last time out in Spain, Laverty saw his run of five finishes in 16th place end, instead bringing the Rapid Solicitors and Silkolene-backed Aprilia ART-powered PBM home in 17th place at round seven of the MotoGP World Championship, with Parkes on the Rapid Solicitors and Silkolene-backed PBM machine pipping him to claim 16th and in doing so recorded his best result since the opening round at Qatar where he scored the team's one and only point to date.
There are high hopes for former British Supersport Champion Laverty and double World Supersport runner-up Parkes as both have good experience around the Assen track and with recent improvements to their respective machines, they are hoping for a successful weekend.
Parkes holds 22nd overall in the 2014 MotoGP World Championship table following his ride into the points in Qatar, tenth in the Open class standings and third in Rookie of the Year. With his string of non points finishes, Laverty has yet to register on the scoreboard but importantly for the PBM team, they occupy seventh place in the manufacturer's table and 13th in the team's standings going into the next race at Assen in two weeks time.
Michael Laverty: "As we near the half way point in the season we can look back on the early rounds content with the progress we have made this season. The team continue the development of the PBM machine, with a new exhaust available for Assen this weekend we are hopeful of a mid range power boost. Assen is a great circuit and one where the weather can play a significant part and should we get rain I look forward to getting in amongst the factory bikes. Either way I hope to continue our consistent run with another strong finish, always monitoring our gap to the head of the field as performance indicator but also mindful that we deserve to get a few points on the board."
Broc Parkes: "I'm looking forward to Assen as it's a track I know and have had some good results at in the past. I think there is going to be some wet sessions on the bike which may close the gap to some of the other guys. I really hope that I can try to take some more points as in the last race I felt I rode good enough to get a point but was just unlucky as not so many people retired."
Paul Bird, Team Owner: "I'm delighted with the team's progress and consistency and it would be good if we could start scoring points on a regular basis now. The weather could play a part this weekend and if it does, that could benefit us but with every passing race, we are gaining in confidence so hopefully Assen will be a turning point in the season for us."
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