Michael Laverty says the progress made with his Tyco BMW S1000RR at Donington Park has been lost at Brands Hatch for round two of the MCE British Superbike championship.

The former MotoGP rider has said although he was able to ride around the BMW's issues at the BSB season opener he is back to square one due to the abrasive Brands Hatch Indy circuit.

"It's been tough and we will look through the data tonight to try and rectify the problem," Laverty said. "It's a similar issue to what we suffered before. It is mainly over the bumps that we're having trouble with.

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"At Donington we figured out how to ride around it but we really need to rectify it before we can fix other parts on the bike. Tomorrow we'll come back with a revised set up to hopefully settle it down. At the minute I can't grab the bike by the scruff of the neck and give it my all.

"The main issue is getting the throttle to work since we put in the new system and fly-by-wire."

Laverty also feels due to the Brands Hatch Indy circuit layout, any small mistake is amplified over the 1.2-mile track. The 33-year-old struggled during both free practice sessions, cropping up 21st on the timesheet, 0.873s off pacesetter James Ellison.

"Around a small circuit like this if you are even a little bit off, just by one percent, it can cost you half a second," he explained. "I know I'm losing it down the pit straight because I can't get the power down.

"It's tough at the minute. When you fix one problem you come into two more. Once we fixed the throttle problem at Donington Park we struggled with the front and the rear. We are still learning."

Despite his struggles Laverty remains upbeat for qualifying and feels if he can sort the fly-by-wire throttle issues he can be a genuine contender in the grid shootout.

"My goal is to get myself into Q3 tomorrow and move on from there for race day.

"It's tough but we'll keep positive and keep chipping away. The bike has so much potential and I can see when I got it working at Donington when I get to use the maximum of the bike for two or three corners."