BSB »

Laverty silences critics

Relentless TAS Suzuki's Michael Laverty came into the first round of the new BSB Showdown format just fifth out of the six Title Fighters, but threw himself firmly into championship contention by taking 2-1 finishes at Croft on Sunday.

Laverty narrowly lost out to Worx Crescent Suzuki rider and Main Season title leader Tommy Hill in race one, but beat the Englishman with a penultimate lap pass in race two for his second win of the season.

The pair thus took equal points, with Hill only leading Laverty by the 16 extra podium points he had earned during the Main Season.

"It's been an excellent weekend for us. We have been strong in every session and continually worked on our set-up," said Laverty. "Race one wasn't perfect as I struggled a little bit in the middle sector but I still brought the fight to Tommy at the end of the race.

"For race two we made a few small tweaks to the set up and it made all the difference. I took charge of the race and felt really comfortable out front. It was a good battle with Tommy over the last couple of laps, but I was determined to come out on top this time around.

"It's now game-on for the Championship with two rounds remaining but I am well up for the fight. A big thanks has to go to the team this weekend; they worked hard in the garage to give me what I needed to win."

Team manager Philip Neill was delighted with Laverty's performance, labelling it as awesome.

"There's only one word to describe that performance from Michael: Awesome. We came into this season as underdogs and some people even wrote us off before the season got underway," he said. "We have a lot of experience in racing and combining that with a hard-working team and two equally-talented and hard-working riders, it is finally paying off.

"I've said all along that Michael Laverty has the potential to be the best rider in British Championship racing and today we got more than a glimpse of that. What is more pleasing was seeing him combine all his qualities today: speed, resilience, a professional attitude and a calm head when it mattered most.

"He got a lot of hard moves thrown at him by Tommy, but he fought back and proved that he had a better package today. It may seem strange but we are a little disappointed not to have won both races at Croft today.




Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Michael Laverty - Relentless by TAS Suzuki [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Michael Laverty - Relentless Suzuki [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Michael Laverty - Relentless Suzuki [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Michael Laverty - Relentless Suzuki [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Michael Laverty - Relentless Suzuki [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Waters on the Tyco Suzuki at Silverstone
Quattro Plant Kawasaki`s Dan Linfoot at Silverstone
Ryuichi Kiyonari leads Shane Byrne and Josh Brookes at Silverstone
Shane Byrne on the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki at Silverstone
Stuart Easton Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki - ihphotography.net
Shane Byrne Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki - ihphotography.net
Ryuichi Kiyonari Buildbase BMW Motorrad - ihphotography.net
Ryuichi Kiyonari Buildbase BMW Motorrad - ihphotography.net
Peter Hickman RAF Reserves Honda - ihphotography.net
Peter Hickman RAF Reserves Honda - ihphotography.net
Josh Brookes Milwaukee Yamaha - ihphotography.net
Josh Brookes Milwaukee Yamaha - ihphotography.net
Jenny Tinmouth TWR - ihphotography.net

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


tardozzi - Unregistered

September 13, 2010 1:19 PM

forgot to add, anyone think its a little ironic that hill and laverty ,could not get proper rides in this series last year, and now they are fighting each other for the title,im having a chuckle about that , good on them



© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.