Samsung Honda's Michael Laverty sets pace at Snetterton

'I am really happy as we were doing times consistently and we now look forward to the next test at Cadwell Park' - Michael Laverty
Samsung Honda's Michael Laverty unofficially topped the MCE British Superbike test at Snetterton on Thursday.

Laverty edged out reigning champion Tommy Hill on the Swan Yamaha with a best lap of 1m 48.5s.

Laverty and team-mate Jon Kirkham had tested at the Snetterton 300 circuit last week and it benefited Northern Irishman Laverty, who lapped consistently in the 1m 48s bracket on his CBR1000RR.

"It has been good. Yesterday we tested a new GPMS swingarm and we didn't come to a proper decision," Laverty told the official British Superbike website.

"We started on the kit one this morning and then we did a couple of sessions; we then switched over to compare back to back. We found a good direction and we are set on using the kit swingarm for now as it was better for grip and I did my best lap times during those sessions.

"I am really happy as we were doing times consistently and we now look forward to the next test at Cadwell Park."

Kirkham broke into the 1m 49s bracket and although he suffered a fast crash at the end of the Bentley Straight, he was able to continue testing and remains in confident mood ahead of the Cadwell shakedown.

"It was tough as there were quite a lot of bikes on the circuit, but we were able to get straight down to some times," he said.

"In the second session I knocked 1.5 seconds off my previous lap time, but the next lap round I had the big crash; I bottomed the forks and learnt the hard way.

"The team rebuilt the bike and did a great job and we were happy with the end result after the final sessions."

Alex Lowes (WFR Honda), Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki), Kirkham and Tyco Suzuki's Josh Brookes were unofficially inside the top six, followed by Padgetts Honda duo Luca Scassa and Ian Lowry, Alastair Seeley on the second Tyco Suzuki and Graeme Gowland (WFR Honda).

Swan Yamaha's Noriyuki Haga was credited with a lap of 1m 51.7s. No time was provided for Stuart Easton on the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki.

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Michael Laverty on the Samsung Honda at Snetterton
Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Luke Mossey, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Peter Hickman, Smiths BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Bridewell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Alastair Seeley, Tyco BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Lee Jackson, Smiths Racing BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Haslam, Byrne, Mossey, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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March 23, 2012 2:37 AM

Isn't it interesting that the bikes that come at the end of group tests, dull, uninspiring blah, journo blah... (Fireblade, GSXR, R1), are doing so well against the big top end horsepower of BMW and Kawasaki. Midrange and rideability are coming to the fore.

mysticmeg - Unregistered

March 26, 2012 2:28 PM

think laverty will be making a few headlines this year,hes often been the quickest rider last year,but never made it count on the points sheet,i know when laverty jels with a bike he will be hard to beat,its lookin like the honda suits him, or his style,he could be the man this year

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