Eugene Laverty has been confirmed at Fixi Crescent Suzuki for the 2014 World Superbike Championship.

The Northern Irishman, who finished as the runner-up this season behind Tom Sykes, will ride the GSX-R1000 for the first time at the Jerez test later this month.

Laverty's confirmation in the team comes after British rider Leon Camier was told his services were not required next season.

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British Superbike champion Alex Lowes has also been strongly linked to Fixi Crescent Suzuki after testing with the team alongside Camier in what had looked like Paul Denning's line-up for 2014.

However, Laverty - who turned down an option to move to MotoGP with Ducati - has now been unveiled as the team's lead rider after losing his ride in the factory Aprilia WSBK team to Marco Melandri.

"I'm delighted to join Crescent Suzuki for the 2014 season. I will try the GSX-R1000 for the first time at the end of this month to better understand our potential, and I am really excited to see what I can do with the bike," said Laverty, who won nine races this year on his way to the championship runner-up spot.

"Thank you to Paul Denning and his team, and to Suzuki, for pushing so hard for this deal and for believing in me.

"I will give everything I possibly can to bring Suzuki to the top of the podium again."

Team manager Denning said he was confident Laverty would obtain the 'maximum potential' from the GSX-R1000 next year.

"It is an exciting prospect for the Crescent Suzuki team to have secured the services of a rider of Eugene's calibre," he said.

"He has shown regularly this season that he has the determination, ability and technique to secure superb results, even when things are against him.

"Eugene brings a different level of expectation to the team and it is now up to us to give him the tool for the job," Denning added.

|We have made big steps this season with the GSX-R, and with further developments planned for 2014 I am convinced that Eugene will be able to get the maximum potential from the Suzuki."

Laverty will be at the Motorcycle Live show on Saturday, November 23 at the NEC in Birmingham as a guest of Suzuki UK, where he will make his first official appearance as a Suzuki rider.