Laverty down but not out after Silverstone fall

The Northern Irishman suffers a potentially detrimental DNF in the second race at Silverstone, but he is confident he is still in the title hunt.
Michael Laverty has expressed his frustration at the fall at Silverstone that could have cost him the chance to win the 2010 British Superbike Championship title.

Laverty emerged as Tommy Hill's closest challenger following the first of three 'title shootout' events at Croft, the Relentless Suzuki rider edging further in after the opening race at Silverstone with a run to third.

However, his hopes of getting on terms with Hill before the final event at Oulton Park took a substantial knock in race two as he crashed out on the opening lap in slippery conditions.

Slipping to fourth in the standings, Laverty is now 19 points behind Hill, but is adamant his title dreams are not yet over with three races remaining and 75 points still up for grabs.

“I can't say I'm anything other than disappointed,” he conceded. “Race one was okay; I led for three quarters of the race but my tyre was finished and I had to settle for third place with the championship in the back of my mind.

“When the rain really came down for race two I was feeling confident about pulling off the win. I made the start, got into turn one first, but before I knew it the rear just let go and I was thrown over the top and onto the ground. It's not over yet though, I'm only 19 points down on Tommy with 75 still up for grabs. I will rebound at Oulton and give it everything I have to shoot for the title.”

Laverty won his first career BSB race on the first visit to Oulton Park earlier in the season.

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Michael Laverty - Relentless by TAS Suzuki [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
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Peter Hickman, Shane Byrne, Christian Iddon [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography]
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Michael Laverty, Tyco BMW [Credit:]
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bill - Unregistered

September 30, 2010 7:08 PM

I don't know any rider who thought it was a good idea. I feel so sorry for Hill In all honesty how can anyone accept the title gracefully if they haven't actually scored the most points. The atmosphere will be dire at Oulton if that happens.

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