Michael Laverty feels a continuation in MotoGP using the PBM chassis with an updated engine and electronics package from Aprilia is his most likely option next season.
Laverty will participate in a British Superbike test at Cartagena in Spain alongside Stuart Easton and Shane 'Shakey' Byrne on Paul Bird's Kawasaki ZX-10R on Monday and Tuesday, but the Northern Irishman still expects to compete in the premier class for a second year in 2014.
The former British Supersport champion says he is '95 per cent certain' of his place in MotoGP but will participate in the BSB test to gain some time on the Kawasaki should Bird pull the plug on his world championship plans.
“I'm going testing with the BSB team on Monday and Tuesday to Spain and Paul has asked me to go along and get a ride on the Kawasaki because it will give me the chance to get some time on the bike just in case the MotoGP deal doesn't come off,” Laverty told the Belfast News Letter
“Paul has said that if I didn't get a MotoGP ride he would offer me a BSB deal, so at least I won't be left high and dry.
“I'll be with PBM in some shape or form but I'm 95 per cent certain I'll be in MotoGP again next year, whether that's on our own PBM bike or the Aprilia.
“I'd be very surprised if we weren't in MotoGP next year and it's a matter now of ticking off the final boxes,” he added.
“The PBM bike still has a lot of potential and although we don't have a clear idea of what we're doing yet, I can see myself on the PBM chassis with the latest upgrades from Aprilia in terms of the engine and electronics.”
Team owner Bird has been in talks with Aprilia over the possibility of becoming the Italian manufacturer's official MotoGP representatives next season and Laverty expects his plans to be finalised soon.
He finished 25th overall in the MotoGP series this year after riding both the PBM racer and the ART bike in the CRT class, earning a best result of 13th at Jerez in Spain.