Eugene Laverty is gunning for the top ten at this weekend's 'extra special' British MotoGP round at Silverstone in front of his home supporters.

The Northern Ireland rider has produced some excellent performances this season, including a sensational fourth in tricky conditions at Argentina earlier in the season.

Laverty also broke into the top six on the Aspar Ducati last time out at Brno in the Czech Republic to underline his consistency in the premier class this season on the GP14.2.

The 30-year-old is 11th in the championship standings and only three points behind Britain's Cal Crutchlow, who clinched his maiden victory at Brno.

However, despite Laverty's eye-catching progress in his second season in MotoGP, he has opted to move back to the World Superbike Championship in 2017 with Shaun Muir Racing on an Aprilia after it became clear that only one GP16 machine would be available in the Aspar team next year, which has been earmarked for new signing Alvaro Bautista.

Laverty, though, remains focused on the remainder of the season and will be no less motivated to finish his second stint in the class as strongly as possible.

"I can't wait for my home Grand Prix at Silverstone. It's a track I really enjoy, I have a lot of experience there and this year with the Ducati engine it helps a lot because there are some long straights where the Ducati power can be very helpful," Laverty said.

"So my aim is to finish in the top ten; we are close to being in the top ten in the championship which has always been my aim and of course if it rains on Sunday then I'll be aiming for more than a top ten.

"I always have extra support at my home GP with my fans there, which always puts a smile on my face, so it will be nice to see some familiar faces, family, friends and personal sponsors, which makes this race extra special."