When asked about their likely line-up of Michael Laverty and Alex Lowes the team’s technical chief,Philip Boreley, admitted that it was highly likely that both riders would race for the British outfit next season:
“I think that there’s a good possibility that we will have those riders [Michael Laverty and Alex Lowes] riding for PBM but nothing is 100% but it’s fairly likely,” said Borley. “I’m not sure if we will have them for the Valencia test but we would like to.”
The team are also yet to confirm their machinery for next year. This season they have split their resources with one ART machine and a single PBM bike. This arrangement was never one that would be perfect for development and going forward the team know that it is crucial to have both riders using the same machinery.
It had been expected that the team would continue with their own bike but yesterday’s news that Aprilia’s Luigi Dall’Igna would leave his post to become Ducati’s General Manager has had a sizeable impact on the Italian manufacturers plans for next season. It had been expected that Aspar would continue to run the ART chassis as the lead Aprilia team but Dall’Igna’s departure has caused widespread speculation that the team could instead use the production Honda bike.
“I think that we want to go ahead with the PBM bike next year because it has some good points but obviously given what has happened at Aprilia recently it will be interesting to see where they stand now. I think it’s the only other option that Paul [Bird] was considering but it looks like the Aprilia will use the same electronics as us and I think that is where we’re lacking at the moment with the PBM bike.”