BSB »

Silverstone: Laverty: I was seeing rain but nobody else was!

Michael Laverty says a suspected split hose was splashing water on to his visor making him believe it had started raining midway through race two at Silverstone.
Michael Laverty says a suspected split hose was splashing water on to his visor which made the Tyco BMW rider believe it had started raining midway through race two at Silverstone, which was the reason why he slowed and dropped from first to sixth.

After producing an impressive season-opening victory in race one, Laverty had been in the middle of battling for the lead with Peter Hickman on lap eight until his pace rapidly fell away with the Northern Irish rider signalling a problem.

Despite his initial concerns Laverty pressed on but couldn't recover the time lost to the leaders and missed the opportunity of a first career double victory weekend.

Laverty explained after the race he was getting liquid on his visor and with clouds looming overhead assumed it was raining, as it had done earlier in the weekend, and duly slowed to signal to other riders about the hazardous conditions.

However, upon realising nobody else was slowing for rain it became apparent the liquid was coming from his Tyco BMW and on early inspection says it may have been a leaky hose.

“A little issue became a big issue whether it was a split hose or what but when you are traveling at nearly 200mph into Stowe and you get what you think is rain you are careful,” Laverty said. “It was a pity. I was seeing rain but nobody else was! I put my hand up to let everyone else know it was raining but then nobody else cared.

“It would have been perfect if things went to plan in race two but some things you can't account for so we will figure out what the problem was and make sure it won't happen again. It is a bummer really because we knew we had enough to be at the front.”

Laverty says he won't be too disheartened by the incident after having his theory approved that he believes Tyco BMW has the strongest all-round package compared to its rivals at this stage of the season.

“I'm really happy with where we are at the minute but it would have been nice to leave here leading the championship and take my first career double victory which I think we were capable of but it didn't work out.”



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Michael Laverty, Tyco BMW [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Michael Laverty, Tyco BMW, BSB [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Michael Laverty, Tyco BMW, BSB [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Peter Hickman, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Michael Laverty, Tyco BMW, BSB [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Peter Hickman, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Michael Laverty, Tyco BMW, BSB [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Michael Laverty, Tyco BMW, BSB [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Michael Laverty, Tyco BMW, BSB [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Peter Hickman, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Michael Laverty, Tyco BMW, BSB [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Leon Haslam James Ellison Peter Hickman [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Leon Haslam James Ellison Peter Hickman [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Leon Haslam James Ellison Peter Hickman [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Peter Hickman, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Peter Hickman, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Michael Laverty, Tyco BMW, BSB [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Michael Laverty, Tyco BMW, BSB [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.