Michael Laverty and Relentless Suzuki claimed their first BSB victory in emphatic fashion during race two at Oulton Park on Monday.

Laverty exploited the changeable conditions perfectly to blast to a six-second victory margin over nearest rival Michael Rutter, during what he later claimed had been one of his easiest race wins!

"It's really strange because it's probably the easiest I've had to ride to win a race, never mind so convincingly," he smiled. "It's not often you get the perfect bike, but the boys gave me one today for that win.

"We still have a bit to go with the dry set-up, but we are getting closer every weekend and I'm confident we can be up at the front in the dry very soon - possibly as soon as Cadwell Park. The boys deserve this bit of success for all their hard work."

Team principal Philip Neill admitted it had been an emotional day.

"After all the hard work our team has put in, that was a pretty emotional day for me and I have to say, Michael's win was probably one of the best rides I've ever seen - he really destroyed the field and was even comfortable putting in consistent quickest laps," he said.

"It's a great reward and a boost of confidence for the whole team. I must obviously give credit to Michael, who I have always believed in, and this will be a real confidence booster for him."

Laverty had finished fifth in race one, just behind team-mate Alastair Seeley, as the pair finished in the middle of a thrilling four-way fight for the final podium position.

Seeley then claimed sixth in race two and the pair now hold fourth (Laverty) and fifth (Seeley) places in the championship standings, after three rounds.

"We really do have two genuine contenders this year, who are as good as anyone in the championship," said Neill.


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