Michael Laverty has left Cadwell Park irritated after 'throwing away points' in his race two crash and leaving his place in the Showdown hanging in the balance.

In race two the Tyco BMW rider was in the thick of the action in the group chasing leader Josh Brookes but on lap 12 while following Shane Byrne the County Antrim rider clattered his engine casing on to the high kerbs at the chicane and tumbled out of contention.

"I was angry with myself. It is easy to get blindsided when you are so close to someone's rear wheel around the curves," Laverty said. "I just caught the engine casing on the kerbs and went down. I'm more frustrated at throwing away points to try and secure that top six spot."

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As a result, Laverty heads into the final round at Oulton Park in the sixth and final Showdown spot with a 21-point lead on his nearest rival Honda Racing's Dan Linfoot. Despite his confidence in maintaining the gap to Linfoot at the triple-header in two weeks Laverty knows he can't afford another costly slip.

"We should be safe enough if we have three solid races at Oulton Park," he said. "The last few rounds I've been careful to ensure I pick up those points to make the top six so I am a bit frustrated to throw some of those away today."

In a surprising feat, Laverty remains the only rider of the top 12 in the BSB riders' standings yet to appear on the rostrum in 2015. The closest he has come was at Knockhill when he was denied second place with a post-race time penalty for a pass on Brookes under waved yellow flags.

As a result, if the Tyco BMW rider is to reach the Showdown he will start on the back foot, with Brookes leading the way on Podium credits on 45 with three races still to come.