Cudlin drafted in by Paul Bird Motorsport
23 September 2013 – Damian Cudlin will replace Yonny Hernandez for the MotoGP event at Aragon this weekend, Paul Bird Motorsport has announced.
The Australia, who won the 2010 IDM German Supersport Championship and who made his MotoGP debut in the 2011 Japanese Grand Prix with Pramac Racing, will ride the team's Rapid Solicitors and Minxflix.com-sponsored PBM machine, and will also use it at his home event at Philip Island three weeks later.
Meanwhile, Michael Laverty, who has campaigned the CRT-specification PBM machine all year, will switch to the proven Aprilia ART machine for the remainder of the season. The former British Supersport champion tested the machine at Misano last week and is hoping to improve the team's results over the final five Grands Prix.
The restructuring comes about after Hernandez was released from his contract with PBM last week in order to join Pramac Ducati.
“PBM are looking forward to working with Damian at the Aragon and Phillip Island GPs where he will race the PBM bikes,” said Phil Borley, PBM technical director. “With his experience and knowledge, we hope to continue the development of our bike and have a positive weekend together.
“Unfortunately we will not have the chance to test before the race and so the first sessions will be important for Damian to acclimatise to the bike, the Bridgestone tyres and carbon brakes. Our target will be to improve Damian's feeling in each session and give him a bike he is confident to race.
“Michael will switch to the ART bikes for the next races, as his feeling was positive when he tested them after the Misano race and we are interested to see if we can improve on our recent results.”