Michael Laverty says his confidence is increasing on the Tyco BMW machine and is anticipating a strong comeback over the second half of the season in the MCE British Superbike championship.

After acting as stand in rider for the Aprilia factory team in MotoGP at Sachsenring last weekend, Laverty is ready to switch his focus back to the national competition with Tyco BMW.

The Northern Irishman is targeting a break into the top six and with it a Showdown spot and is feeling upbeat after unlocking some more potential from the BMW S1000RR machine at Knockhill.

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"I'm really looking forward to Brands Hatch and even though it's going to be a totally different animal to Knockhill, I'm confident that we have found a setting I'm comfortable with," Laverty confirmed. "Knockhill was the first time I have felt that confident all year."

Despite his new found form Laverty says he needs to convert it into results after being denied his first rostrum finish of 2015 at the Scottish circuit two weeks ago. The Tyco BMW rider was handed a one-second time penalty for passing Josh Brookes under waved yellow flags at Knockhill, bumping him from second down to fourth in the final classification.

"My priority over the next few rounds is consolidating a place in the Showdown," he said. "I know I am still seventh in the standings, so my focus is to get into the top six. Overall I am expecting a strong second half to the season."