By Stephen English
Michael Laverty's future in MotoGP is looking secure, with the Paul Bird Motorsport rider 'planning' to remain with the British team in 2014.
The Ulsterman has shown a lot of promise in his rookie campaign as he develops the PBM bike, but with next year's machinery still undecided Laverty is likely to be in no rush to confirm his future.
"Paul has said that he's happy with the job that I'm doing and the plan is that next year we'll continue the job that we're doing; ideally that's the plan,” said Laverty.
“This year I wanted to learn the tracks and how everything works and then hopefully next year we can get something a bit stronger engine wise - the Yamaha lease deal, the Honda production racer.
“I'm not sure what will be available, but it looks like there should be some prototype engines available for the CRT teams. Paul said from the start that that would be his goal but there's a lot of politics involved in getting it sorted."
With the team having made a big effort to create its own chassis, an engine deal rather than a full motorcycle might appear most likely if agreements can be made.
Speaking at the recent Catalan Grand Prix, team boss Paul Bird said that all machinery options will be explored