PBM's Michael Laverty has a raft of parts and setup changes to try at this weekend's Jerez MotoGP round in order to find a way of getting on terms with the Aprilia CRT machinery of Randy De Puniet and Aleix Espargaro.
The nearly-Welshman has a new shock links, steering head cups and some electronics changes to try in free practice on Friday in order to make up the half a second or so he believes he needs to challenge for CRT top honours.
"The new parts I hope will make that difference. We kind of ran out of adjustments we needed in Texas and the steering head cups will enable us to tuck the front end under me a little bit more while the linkage will be help the rear to be more progressive. I don't have to wrestle the bike any more, but these two things should help," said Laverty, speaking to bikesportnews.com this lunchtime.
"We will also get a new channel on the Marelli electronics which should help with throttle connection, so that's a bonus too. We tested well at Jerez so I know the track, and hopefully all this can come together over the course of the weekend."