PBM is yet to officially announce its 2014 MotoGP riders, but at Sepang on Friday the team dropped the strongest hints yet.

During afternoon practice, team owner Paul Bird told Dorna's international TV feed that rookie Michael Laverty was close to signing a new contract, adding "and I think most people know that that one of the Lowes boys is coming to ride for us."

Alex, brother of World Supersport champion Sam, is currently battling PBM's reigning BSB champion Shane Byrne for the 2013 British title. Sam looks set for Moto2 with Speed Up next year.

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Speaking to Crash.net after practice, PBM's technical chief Phil Borley said of the much rumoured Laverty-Alex Lowes line-up: "I think that there's a good possibility that we will have those riders riding for PBM. Nothing is 100% but it's fairly likely.

"I'm not sure if we will have [both our 2014 riders] for the Valencia post-race test, but we would like to."

PBM are also yet to confirm their machinery for next year.

This season they have split their resources with one ART machine and a single PBM bike. This arrangement was never one that would be perfect for development and going forward the team know that it is crucial to have both riders using the same machinery.

It had been expected that the team would continue with their own bike, but yesterday's news that Aprilia's Luigi Dall'Igna would leave his post to become Ducati's General Manager has caused uncertainly over Aprilia's plans for next season.

It had been expected that Aspar would continue as the lead Aprilia team, but Dall'Igna's departure has caused widespread speculation that Aspar could instead use the production Honda.

That in turn could have an impact on PBM's plans:

"I think that we want to go ahead with the PBM bike next year because it has some good points, but obviously given what has happened at Aprilia recently it will be interesting to see where they stand now," said Borley.

"I think it's the only other option that Paul [Bird] was considering, but it looks like the Aprilia will use the same [standard] electronics as us next year anyway and that is the area where we're lacking at the moment with the PBM bike."