Michael Laverty and Broc Parkes get 2014 Paul Bird MotoGP seats

Paul Bird Motorsports will field Michael Laverty and Broc Parkes in the 2014 MotoGP world championship

Michael Laverty and Broc Parkes get 2014 Paul Bird MotoGP seats

Laverty, 32, rode for the team during this year's campaign, claiming a best result of 13th at Jerez.

Parkes meanwhile will make his MotoGP debut, having spent the majority of his career competing in World Superbikes or Supersport, in which he has twice finished runner-up.

The 31-year-old Australian, who raced for PBM in WSBK in 2009, replaces Yonny Hernandez, who signed a full-time deal with Ducati's satellite Pramac squad last month.

"We learned so much in year one that I'm delighted [team owner] Paul [Bird] has given me the opportunity to continue with the project," Laverty said.

"Everyone has told me that year two is much easier so the aim is to put into place what we have learned and to raise our game accordingly.

"The class is going to be a lot tougher with the new production bikes but our aim is to consistently score points."

Parkes said moving into MotoGP would be the realisation of a dream, adding: "Firstly, I'd like to say a massive thanks to Paul Bird for the opportunity to work with his team once again; I'm really looking forward to it.

"This is the premier class and it's every rider's dream to race in MotoGP.

"I know this is going to be a tough season but I'm certainly up for the challenge, I can't wait to get started."

Bird said his new pairing would help the team deliver on the groundwork it has put in place over its first two seasons in the category.

Provisional 2014 MotoGP entry list # Rider Team Bike Class 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati Factory 5 Colin Edwards Forward FTR/Yamaha Open 6 Stefan Bradl LCR Honda Factory 7 Hiroshi Aoyama Aspar Honda Open 8 Hector Barbera Avintia FTR Open 9 Danilo Petrucci Ioda tba Open 17 Karel Abraham Cardion AB Honda Open 19 Alvaro Bautista Gresini Honda Factory 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda Factory 29 Andrea Iannone Pramac Ducati Factory 35 Cal Crutchlow Ducati Ducati Factory 38 Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha Factory 41 Aleix Espargaro Forward FTR/Yamaha Open 44 Pol Espargaro Tech 3 Yamaha Factory 45 Scott Redding Gresini Honda Open 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha Factory 63 Mike di Meglio Avintia FTR Open 68 Yonny Hernandez Pramac Ducati Open 69 Nicky Hayden Aspar Honda Open 70 Michael Laverty Paul Bird PBM/ART Open 93 Marc Marquez Honda Honda Factory 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Yamaha Factory tba Broc Parkes Paul Bird PBM/ART Open tba tba Ioda tba Open 
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