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Laverty eager to continue Buildbase trajectory

John Laverty admits his recent run of good results in the MCE British Superbike Championship has exceeded his initial expectations as he continues to help Kawasaki scale the BSB hierarchy.

The reigning Superbike Cup champion made the switch to the championship class in 2009 with the Hawk Kawasaki team, rebranded as Buildbase Kawasaki in light of his personal sponsor.

While he endured a quiet start to the season, Laverty has followed Simon Andrews and Julien Da Costa on the sister Confused.com machines in establishing the Kawasaki ZX-10R as a force to be reckoned with in recent races.

With four top five finishes under his belt so far this year and a front row start at Cadwell Park, while Laverty had set his sights on achieving that feat prior to the season, he confesses he is surprised to have emerged as an increasingly regular podium contender.

“I guess it has exceeded expectations,” he told Crash.net. “That is always your goal, but now we are becoming confident challengers for the podium. We thought we'd have the chance to get a podium at a circuit the Kawasaki goes well on, but it seems the bike is going well on every circuit.”

With Kawasaki struggling for form in 2008, Laverty reveals he was nervous about switching to the Hawk team this season, but says their current form is an indicator of the bike's full potential.

“Even I was a bit wary at the beginning,” he added. “I hadn't ridden a Kawasaki before, so I didn't want to write it off before I had even tried it just because of what critics have been saying. Last year, the teams were struggling to get the best out of the bikes, but we're learning more about them and we're getting a good package.

“Everybody is so critical of Kawasaki, but how can you knock third, fourth and fifth in the last race? It is really nice to see an underdog bike doing well.”

Looking ahead to the future, Laverty is setting his sights on a maiden podium finish in the remaining three rounds of the season. As for 2010, he says no plans are likely to be made until the rules and regulations have been finalised.

“The teams are waiting to see what the rules bring. They need to have the budget in place before they can approach manufacturers. It won't be until Silverstone or Oulton Park that there will be any signings in place.

“I know Buildbase are keen to work with Stuart (Hicken) again, he has done a great job this year. It is early days and nothing has been decided with, but Buildbase have been with me since 2005, so I want to honour them as much as I can.”



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The 2009 Buildbase Kawasaki John Laverty and Tristan Palmer will ride in this year`s British Superbike Championship.
The 2009 Buildbase Kawasaki John Laverty and Tristan Palmer will ride in this year`s British Superbike Championship.
John Laverty - Buildbase Kawasaki [pic credit: Clive Challinor]
John Laverty - Buildbase Kawasaki [pic credit: Clive Challinor]
JG Speedfit Bournemouth Kawasaki livery, 2017, BSB
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Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, BSB [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Luke Mossey, Quattro Plant Kawasaki [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
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James Ellison, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, BSB [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
James Ellison, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Luke Mossey, Quattro Plant Kawasaki [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
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Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, BSB [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
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silverfox1 - Unregistered

September 09, 2009 5:12 PM

Couldn't agree more. Refeshing to see Hawk/Buildbase Kawasaki team in the top flight of BSB as podiun contenders especially with John Laverty abroad. Give the team full factory backing for next year as they have remained loyal to Kawasaki and ran on shoe string budget for far too long.

Damien IE - Unregistered

September 09, 2009 10:02 PM

I'd have to agree with silverfox1 Hawk have been loyal to Kwak for as long and have always been consistent seems they're running well as well as others in BSB and also Birdy's WSBK team Kwak have always been missiles on the road producing fast motors and I know power means nada without control and delivery but its about time Kwak H I got the chassis side sorted and looks like its heading that way. New model should be a stonker as I like the current one With MotoGP shelved then hopefully the road bike and wsbk will improve dramatically as current hayate is a good bike with Melandri on board so it ny of that filters down :o)



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