Laverty quickest in Snetterton test

Michael Laverty affirms his title contention status by topping the latest British Superbike test at Snetterton for Swan Yamaha.
Michael Laverty set an impressive pace for Swan Yamaha as British Superbike testing reached the revised Snetterton 300 circuit, a week before the start of the new season.

Debuting the Yamaha in its Swan-inspired livery, Laverty managed a best of 1min 48.8secs around the Norfolk circuit, which has been updated and extended to 3km for 2011.

Shane Byrne was second fastest on the HM Plant Honda, just two tenths behind, ahead of Suzuki trio Josh Brookes, John Hopkins and Jon Kirkham, the latter having been fastest at Brands Hatch a day earlier.

With just a second covering the top ten, Michael Rutter, James Westmoreland, Loris Baz, reigning champion Ryuichi Kiyonari and Stuart Easton were also well on the pace in sixth down to tenth.

Gary Mason and Martin Jessopp were 11th and 12th best as the only other riders to have their unofficial lap times revealed.

Laverty's team-mate Tommy Hill, meanwhile, was taken to hospital after crashing in the morning, the Swan Yamaha man straining tendons in his arm.

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Michael Laverty - Swan Yamaha [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Bridewell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Michael Laverty, McAMS Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Bonnie Lane]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Rob Winfield, Anvil Hire Yamaha, BSB [Credit: Bonnie Lane]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, BSB [Credit: Anvil Hire Yamaha]
Tommy Bridwell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki, [Credit: BSB media]
Tommy Bridwell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki, [Credit: BSB]
Tommy Bridwell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki, [Credit: BSB]
Tommy Bridwell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki, [Credit: BSB]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: MSV Media]
Howie Mainwaring Smart, Anvil Hire Yamaha []
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GIXXER - Unregistered

April 14, 2011 2:10 PM

LOL I dont think I made my point very well. GP racer or not until he does the buisness in BSB, past glory means nought, even if it was rossi in BSB he should consider himself grateful for the ride until the business is done. Putting him up on a pedestal is disrespect to the other competitiors And as such for the TT do GP stars have the balls for it, thats the point.

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