“There's quite a lot of money behind it on my side of the garage to develop the electronics and they have put their faith in me.
“I've been with the team before and they know that I'm quite analytical and I like to go into the detail of the electronics, whereas some other riders don't really like to get too involved with that.
“You learn from your mistakes but I've rode Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki Superbikes in the last few years and each of those had their own strengths and weaknesses and it was a big learning curve, so hopefully I can take that experience into next season.”
The opportunity to move to the MotoGP class was one that Laverty could not turn down and he intends to make the most of it to bolster his chances of continuing with Bird in 2014.
“It's a bit of a long-term project but I don't have a two-year contract and there is no guarantee [of a second year in the team].
“But if things go to plan this year and I perform well and develop the bike to a good level then hopefully the year after I can continue and have an engine in that chassis that would put us closer to the prototype bikes,” added Laverty.
“Ideally, that's where I want it to go and I hope we're successful enough to allow it to continue on for a second season.”