Eugene Laverty set to confirm plans for 2012 season
Toomebridge rider Eugene Laverty expects to confirm his plans for the 2012 season over the next week.
Laverty has enjoyed a successful debut season in the World Superbike Championship but he has also been linked with a MotoGP ride for 2012.
However, the betting is that Laverty will agree a deal to stay on with the Yamaha World Superbike team.
"I'd be more than happy to stay in World Superbikes and fight for the Championship," added Laverty.
The 25-year-old's chances of riding for Yamaha in next season's World Superbike Championship appeared remote when the team indicated a couple of months ago that financial constraints would force them to pull out of the series.
However, the most recent speculation suggests that Yamaha may indeed remain in the World Superbike Championship.
Laverty indicated on Wednesday that a second season with the Yamaha World Superbike team was his preferred option.
"I would like to stay with Yamaha. That's my number one choice," added Laverty.
"We're hoping to salvage it and hopefully the team will be on the grid again for next year."
Laverty has also held talks with the Tech 3 Yamaha MotoGP outfit but Andrea Dovizioso is emerging as the favourite to join Cal Crutchlow in the team.
The Northern Irishman's debut season in World Superbikes has included a superb double win at Monza.
Laverty, who is currently fourth in the championship, will be in action at Imola this weekend and Magny Cours a week later.