Michael Laverty says he profited by using his experience during a difficult race weekend at Thruxton which saw him jump into the Showdown spots and says in BSB riders must 'use your head'.

The former MotoGP rider steered clear of trouble to grab two solid points finishes at the Hampshire circuit, despite admitting his Tyco BMW S1000RR was nowhere near the pace of the sharp end.

The Tyco BMW man leapfrogged his team-mate Tommy Bridewell and the injured Jason O'Halloran - who suffered a broken leg in a qualifying crash at Thruxton - and now sits fifth in the BSB standings.

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Although he's aware he benefitted from his rivals' misfortune, most notably Be Wiser Kawasaki's Danny Buchan's collision with Bridewell at the Club chicane on the last lap of race one, he says he was able to use all of his experience to maximise his results.

"In BSB, you've got to use your experience, use your head," Laverty said. "This weekend was about damage limitation as we knew it was going to be difficult after qualifying and we just didn't have the pace especially on the new tyre."

Laverty's tactful race two performance worked wonders as he climbed from a seventh row start to grab sixth place and hold on to his lead over Bridewell while claiming the top BMW rider tag.

"I gambled in the second race with the softer tyre which got me through from 19th on the grid and I was able to hold my place," he explained. "I've never rode with such little grip as I did over the last five laps when the pace car went it. But it paid off points wise and I leave Thruxton happy because I didn't expect to get those sorts of points."

The Aprilia MotoGP test rider will now concentrate on finding solutions to his problems with the BMW S1000RR at a private test with Tyco BMW at Cadwell Park on Wednesday (5th August), after it was confirmed by the Italian manufacturer that Laverty wouldn't be racing at Indianapolis this weekend.

"We've got a test with new updates planned which I think will get us where we want to be with the bike," he said. "I've been waiting for them for a while and I think the parts we are getting are the things that we have been missing.

"I've been looking for a test day for a while where I have an open day to play on it and it hard to do it when the clock is against you at a race weekend. I'm looking forward to getting the test time under our belts and getting the bike to the next level where I need it to be for podiums and wins."