Michael Laverty has left Oulton Park feeling deflated after being forced to 'survive' in order to grab his place in the Showdown.

The Tyco BMW says it was one of his worst race weekends of the season in the MCE British Superbike championship after struggling to settle on a strong race setup with the BMW S1000RR.

In the triple-header at the Cheshire track Laverty could only manage ninth, seventh and 12th place finishes and says he had to ride tactically to ensure he grabbed enough points to remain in the top six.

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As the race weekend unfolded it tuned out Laverty had effectively secured a Showdown spot in race two after surpassing Stuart Easton's points tally, because the PBM Kawasaki rider was unable to defend his top six place after being ruled out by injury.

"It is nice to cement my place in the Showdown after a really difficult weekend and was about surviving inside the top six," Laverty said. "I'm happy to have made it but not happy with any of my races.

"There is something just not right for me with the bike at the minute as I struggled a lot in certain areas. We've had flashes of what we are capable of this year but not consistently. I've ended up using my head a lot to finish, it is not the way I'd like to ride it isn't pretty but it is effective."

Frustratingly for Laverty he has failed to reach the podium all year and as a result takes zero Podium credits into the Showdown to start a huge 53 points off leader Josh Brookes. Despite not ruling out a title fight, the Tyco BMW rider says he must find a stronger setup with his machine before thinking about challenging at the sharp end.

"It has been the most I've struggled on the bike all year," he stated. "In race one I had no grip from the very start and thought there was something wrong with the tyre but when I came in afterwards it looked fine. It was a strange one and without any grip I was a bit of a sitting duck."