Michael Laverty will make his race debut on factory MotoGP machinery at this weekend's German MotoGP.
The Northern Irishman spent two seasons on uncompetitive CRT/Open class bikes at PBM, but now gets his chance to race for the official Aprilia team in place of Marco Melandri.
Although he switched back to BSB this season, Laverty has remained involved in MotoGP as an Aprilia test rider.
“I'm excited to be back on the MotoGP grid this weekend of the German GP. Competing against the regular guys racing MotoGP is a tough task, but I am relishing the opportunity,” said Laverty, currently seventh in the BSB standings for Tyco BMW.
“I have been riding with the Aprilia test team so I am comfortable with the Aprilia RS-GP machine and the Bridgestone tyres. Firstly I must adapt the race bikes to suit me and then look to keep progressing throughout the weekend.
“Álvaro [Bautista] has been riding strongly in this first half of the season and I have witnessed some great development work through the test team. I now look forward to being a part of the racing team."
Laverty, who claimed a best MotoGP result of twelfth with PBM, will join younger brother Eugene on the Sachsenring grid. That means two pairs of brothers in MotoGP, with Pol and Aleix Espargaro racing against each other since the start of last year.
The RS-GP's best result this season is a tenth place for Bautista in Catalunya. Melandri failed to score a point.