PBM's bike is the only entry running an Aprilia engine with the brand-new standard ECU system, which will be made compulsory next season.
“We knew we were going to get a rough ride with the standard ECU this year. But we were the first people to commit to that. I told Carmelo [Ezpeleta] we'd do it before anyone else,” said Bird.
“It was the right thing to do and the experience should pay off next year, especially if we stay with Aprilia.”
Almost certainly staying with PBM will be Laverty.
Plucked from BSB to ride the new machine, the 32-year-old - brother of WSBK star Eugene - has looked at home in MotoGP ever since his debut test, on Hernandez's spare ART, at Sepang in February.
“I'm very keen to keep Michael,” confirmed Bird. “We got him at a bit of steal this year. I'd like to get him some more money and ramp him up a bit next year. The team will be happy to keep him.”