Michael Laverty sets sights on podium finishes at Oulton

'We should be able to get into our stride and have a clean weekend with some good results' - Michael Laverty
Samsung Honda's Michael Laverty has set his sights on kick-starting his MCE British Superbike Championship title bid at Oulton Park next weekend.

Laverty has endured a difficult start to the 2012 season, failing to score any points at Brands Hatch after crashing out in the tricky conditions.

He finished sixth at Thruxton, where mixed weather and a wrong tyre choice hampered his progress.

The Northern Irishman, however, says he has put the opening two rounds behind him and is now aiming to make amends at the triple-header at Oulton.

Laverty, who will start the postponed second race from Brands Hatch on the eighth row of the grid in 29th position at Oulton, said: “I am ready for Oulton Park now after the break between this round and Thruxton. I know it is going to be a tough first race with the grid position from Brands Hatch but there are lots of opportunities to pass at that circuit, so I am not too worried.

“I have forgotten what has happened so far, because we want to look forward and we know that we have a good base set up that should translate well to Oulton Park; we just need to get stuck in!

“A lot of people have asked me about the first three races and there are reasons for everything and we have had some bad luck too,” he added.

“We will be looking to pick up with the settings we finished testing with and then we should be able to get into our stride and have a clean weekend with some good results.”

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April 30, 2012 12:05 PM

I'm not a critic, i just think he needs to get his head down and get on with it. Last few years have shown promise but have lacked the consistency required to fight properly for the title. Seems early season isn't so good for him but by the end of it he's just about the fastest thing out there. I do believe a couple of years on the same bike might help

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