Paul Bird Motorsport's private BSB test at Cartagena in Southern Spain provided the team with a last opportunity in 2013 to test their title contending Kawasaki Superbike.

Former BSB title winner Shane Byrne was joined by new team-mate and reigning British Supersport champion Stuart Easton - plus PBM's MotoGP rider Michael Laverty.

Byrne, runner-up to Alex Lowes in the 2013 BSB championship, was pleased with his performance at the test and while the team would not release test times the Englishman did admit to going over one second faster compared to earlier in the season.

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"The test has gone really well and I've gone a lot faster than I did in March, 1.1s or 1.2s quicker, so I'm really happy with that," said the triple BSB champion. "We lost a bit of time in the middle of the day and we didn't get a chance to try a couple of things that we wanted to try before the end. It's something that we'll get but I'm pretty happy with the time that I achieved and I'm happy with the feedback from the team."

Laverty's attendance had fuelled speculation that PBM could abandon its 2014 MotoGP plans. The Ulsterman quashed any such speculation by saying that it was simply a test to give him an understanding of the Kawasaki Superbike and to keep himself sharp in the winter.

With PBM still waiting to confirm their grand prix plans, Laverty did comment that talks were still progressing for next season with Aprilia - PBM having tabled a proposal to Aprilia as recently as last week.

The 32-year-old is expecting his future to be confirmed in the coming weeks but is very confident that it lies in the MotoGP paddock for next season, saying that it's "definitely still an option."

Speaking about the test, former BSB race winner Laverty clearly enjoyed riding the Kawasaki and the opportunity to add the bike to his list of experiences.

"It was good to get a day and a half on the bike," said Laverty. "Yesterday I adapted to the bike and today I tried some stuff. It was good to get back on a Superbike, it took a to get my head around the lack of electronics, the Pirelli tyres and not having carbon brakes so it was a very different bike to ride.

"It was nice to ride the Kawasaki because it has been one of the strongest Superbikes from the last few years and it's good to understand it because I've ridden the Suzuki, Honda and Yamaha before.

"The plan was to keep me sharp and keep me riding and refresh the memory of what it's like to ride a Superbike again. BSB was almost a back-up plan in case the GP deal fell apart and at least I'd have a test and an opportunity to learn the bike. It was good to keep me sharp in the winter and ride a competitive bike and have some fun on it."

Easton will return to the BSB class in 2014 having wrapped up the Supersport title for Yamaha in 2013. The test gave Easton the opportunity to readjust to riding the bigger machine and afterwards he commented that while he has experience of racing in BSB he was hamstrung in the past by his serious road racing injuries.

"It was good to get back out on track on a Superbike after a season riding in Supersport," said Easton. "I felt comfortable soon enough and that was most important to me. The last time I rode a Superbike I was still carrying some injuries so I had the footpegs in two different positions for example so we pretty much started from scratch."