With only two MotoGP World Championship races remaining in 2014, Michael Laverty is focused on getting the most he can from his PBM-Aprilia before the team closes its MotoGP operations after Valencia.

The Irishman scored points in Philip Island but the last three race weekends have been difficult for Laverty with a lack of rear grip crippling him since Aragon.

Improvements were made throughout the Philip Island weekend but the warmer temperatures at Sepang should play into the hands of Laverty and with data from the pre-season test he is confident of being able to hit the ground running when practice starts on Friday:

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"In the pre-season tests we got a lot of data for here and this is probably one of our stronger tracks," commented Laverty. "The PBM bike always works better in the hotter temperatures so that makes life easier here. The biggest problem here is the lack of power with the two long straights but I enjoy riding the bike around here. Everyone struggles with the harshness of the bumps and that's the big thing to dial out here but we generally get a good feeling with the bike here."

With Hector Barbera now riding an Open Ducati, there are only four CRT bikes on the grid and with Danilo Petrucci getting increased support from Aprilia ahead of the Italian manufacturer's return to the premier class next year Laverty admitted that his goals for this weekend are limited.

"I'm looking forward to it and we'll see what we can do but I don't expect to be trouble to the Honda's because they've stepped on over the last few races. Hopefully we can be closer to them but the aim is to beat Petrucci, di Meglio and Broc. Last weekend Petrucci was ahead of the game, he's made a step forward with the additional support from Aprilia and made progress, but hopefully we can be back on his case again here."

With two winter tests and a Grand Prix weekend Sepang is the most used track of the year for MotoGP teams and the fast flowing layout of the Malaysian circuit is a favourite with riders however the conditions are some of the most stifling of the season.

"I like the track, it's fun and physical to ride. Grip can be an issue around here and you'll get a lot of wheelspin with the heat but it's fun. It's tough in the heat and physical on the brakes. The heat means that you get no respite on the bike because you're always getting warmer and warmer. It's a tough slog here."

Rain is forecast for Sunday and when asked if he'll be doing rain dance ahead of the Grand Prix Laverty admitted that a wet race is something that he'd look forward to even though he hasn't ridden the circuit in those conditions before.

"Looking at the rain coming in at 3pm each day we could get a wet race on Sunday. I wouldn't mind it to be wet but I've never ridden here in the wet either, in the tests and last year it was always dry."