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Laverty leaves rivals trailing in Scotland

24 June 2012

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Michael Laverty has notched up three more precious podium credits after pushing through to victory in the second MCE British Superbike Championship race of the day at Knockhill.

The Samsung Honda rider finished a close third behind Shane Byrne and Tommy Hill in the opening encounter, but changes to the CBR1000RR during the break transformed him into the rider to beat as he worked his way to the head of the field.

Starting third, Laverty was initially consigned to fourth behind pole sitter Hill, race one winner Byrne and Ian Lowry, but after dispatching of the latter at the end of lap one by out-braking him into the last turn, he pulled a similar move to overtake Byrne on lap three. Though Byrne responded with an immediate re-pass into turn one, Laverty eventually nosed ahead to go in search of leader Hill.

Seemingly much stronger on the brakes into the final corner hairpin, though Laverty's first attempts to pass Hill would see him scythe through and subsequently run wide – allowing the Yamaha back past -, he eventually got it right on lap 12.

Byrne also made it past Hill on lap 13 but was unable to keep up with Laverty, who duly maintained a lead of almost one second to the chequered flag.

Marking his second win of the season, the result puts him clear of the crucial sixth place battle in the standings, as well as increasing his podium credits to nine, compared to Hill on 15, Byrne on 13 and Brookes on 8.

Byrne finished the meeting as the highest scorer to put himself just two podium credits behind Hill, who held on to complete the podium and leave Scotland as the new leader in the standings.

Erstwhile championship leader Josh Brookes completed a fairly anonymous weekend in a lonely fourth, dropping him to third overall, though he remains just nine points off a tight lead fight.

James Westmoreland matched his best-ever BSB finish with a run to fifth on the WFR Honda, the birthday boy benefitting from Noriyuki Haga crashing out of the position on lap 18 to just keep sixth place Tommy Bridewell at bay.

Alastair Seeley passed Alex Lowes late on to finish seventh, with Graeme Gowland and Lowry rounding out the top ten, the latter seemingly struggling with set-up problems on the Padgetts Honda having run strongly early on.

Barry Burrell followed up in 11th, ahead of Tristan Palmer and Peter Hickman, who put in an excellent run to 13th place having coming into the race with only limited experience on the Buildbase BMW race. An off-form Jon Kirkham and Luke Quigley completed the top 15 finishers.


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