Whereas Hernandez is riding the more familiar ART bike, part of Laverty's first-season challenge is contributing to the development of the all-new PBM machine. "Silverstone was my first experience of a home GP and it didn't disappoint," Laverty, who both qualified and finished in 19th place, said after riding in front of over 159,000 across the three days.
"The crowd support was fantastic all weekend. It was great to see the amount of support the whole PBM team has as a British racing project.
"Obviously the end result is not where we want to be but that's the reality of developing a new motorcycle against the world's best. We will improve from here, I'm confident of that, and I would just like to thank all the team for the hard work this weekend."
Former British Superbike rider Laverty's best result of 2013 to date is 13th place at Jerez, for which he was rewarded with his first three World Championship points.