"Obviously we've all gotten frustrated with the lack of progress in recent races but that's to be expected in many ways,” said Laverty. “We all want to make progress but this job is never easy; look at the resources and money that Ducati have spent and they haven't made much progress. We're a small team and we've come up with some ideas that didn't quite work out but we've got to keep trying.
"That's the problem with development sometimes you have to try things that aren't in the right direction and when you lose a session a weekend can be lost be very quickly. It's to be expected to have some tough weekends but we're keeping our heads down and working to find solutions. In MotoGP you have to have everything working well otherwise you can look very ordinary very quickly."
One area that Laverty and PBM are keen to exploit in the coming events is weight distribution. In recent races the team have tried various set-up changes and Laverty has also adjusted his riding style to place more weight over the front when braking.
Having watched videos of his rivals he could see some subtle differences compared to his riding style.
One of these areas was his stance under braking. Whereas Laverty would lock his arms under braking, getting as upright as possible and therefore providing a lot of resistance to the air, the likes of Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa
were hunched over the front of their bike trying to place more weight on the front of the bike to generate greater load on the front tyre.
Adjusting your riding style is similar to trying to change your handwriting. It can be done but it is done with small and continuous changes rather than suddenly making a drastic change in style. Inheritably riders maintain the same style throughout the careers and the subtle differences go by mostly unknown to the general public.
For Laverty this season has seen him gradually adjust his style to try and get the most from his bike and most importantly the tyres used in MotoGP:
"I'm still riding very smooth and on track I don't look ragged but I'm on the edge. My style is smooth whereas someone like Marquez you look at and think 'bloody hell he's fast!' whereas for me it's smoother without big movements. It's less action packed and lively looking but I've changed it to a degree this year.
"I'm using the rear brake on corner entry more and it's different. At Brno to get the bike stopped I had to brake all the way through the corner so at some of the corners I was at 60 degrees lean angle and still pulling 15 bars of rear brake. That's a style that the Bridgestone tyres require and it's something that you don't have to do on a Superbike.
"I'm also trying to move my body around a bit more. I try and keep an eye on what the other riders are doing as well as looking inward at my own style. I look at a lot of the other riders and they keep their weight forward and that's something that I'm looking at doing now.
“They bend their arms under braking whereas I lock out under braking. They bend their elbows and hang out over the front, which is a weird position for me but I'm working on different things."