Michael Laverty has angrily defended himself after being handed a one-second time penalty post-race at Knockhill for passing under yellow flags and was consequently demoted from his first rostrum finish of the season down into fourth behind Stuart Easton and Josh Brookes.

The incident in the closing stages of race one saw the Tyco BMW rider surging through the pack from fifth to take second place behind winner Shane Byrne to hand him his best result since his return to BSB in 2015.

However, in a post-race hearing with race direction Laverty was judged to have passed Brookes for third place at the hairpin under double waved yellows after back-marker James Rose crashed out just ahead of them. The former MotoGP rider was handed a time penalty which dropped him from second to fourth in the final classification.

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The Tyco BMW rider defended his case by insisting neither he nor Brookes saw the yellow flags but accepted the penalty gracefully.

"I'm angry yet satisfied that we were fighting for race wins today, which is a first for me this season," Laverty said. "Neither Josh [Brookes] or myself saw any flags, as the incident happened as we arrived at the corner, but rules are rules so I must take it on the chin.

"In race one I felt really strong in the latter stages. I made a few hard moves to finish in second place, but unfortunately I got penalised back to fourth due to making a move in a yellow flag zone."

Laverty felt the incident was a contributing factor to a race weekend filled with mixed emotions. He appeared to have the pace to challenge for race victories for the first time this season but due to the penalty and difficulties in race two he leaves Scotland without a top three finish.

In race two at Knockhill the rider suffered an electrical issue on the grid at the race restart after rain and he fell back through the running order to finish sixth.

"I'm feeling frustrated tonight but satisfied with my riding," he explained. "I'm really positive about the rest of the season as we have not reached our full potential yet.

"I'm feeling more at home on the Tyco BMW, so a big thank you must go to the team for their hard work to get me there."

Despite his frustrations Laverty closed the gap between himself and a Showdown spot and now sits ten points off his Tyco BMW team-mate Tommy Bridewell who is sixth in the riders' championship.