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Laverty: Tyco BMW can’t stop as Kawasaki, Ducati will improve

Michael Laverty feels Tyco BMW has produced the strongest overall bike package for the opening rounds and must push developments before Kawasaki and Ducati catch up.
Michael Laverty feels Tyco BMW has produced the strongest overall bike package for the opening rounds of the MCE British Superbike championship and must continue to push developments before Kawasaki and Ducati catch up.

The 34-year-old rider claimed victory in the 2016 curtain raiser at Silverstone before missing out in race two after liquid splashed on his visor making him believe it was raining and duly backed off, only to recover to take sixth place.

Laverty felt he definitely had the race pace to battle for a double victory at the opener and having seen his rivals' full potential he was a little disappointed he was unable to maximise his advantage at the Northamptonshire circuit.

“I thought after testing we had a very strong motorbike with a strong engine, electronics working well and the chassis is almost there but there are a couple of areas I still want to work on,” Laverty said. “The Kawasaki with Hickman had a bit more grip stability than us out on the fast straights and the Ducati has it to.

“I didn't get to follow Shakey but I followed Glenn Irwin in practice and I couldn't believe their stability in some of the acceleration points but it obviously works the tyre hard because Shakey gets a lot of wheel spin at the end of the race.”

Despite Tyco BMW's strong start, backed up by Laverty's team-mate Christian Iddon grabbing two third place finishes, the Northern Irish rider says his squad must keep searching for gains with the BMW S1000RR as he expects the new Kawasaki ZX-10R to improve at the hands of the JG Speedfit Kawasaki squad and holds similar expectations for Ducati with his former team Paul Bird Motorsport.

“Every bike has its own strengths and weaknesses,” he said. “We know we have a strong overall package but there are a couple of little areas I'd like to take to the next step. You can't stand still as the Kawasaki and Ducati will keep improving as the year goes on so we need to keep going.

“It would have been nice to leave Silverstone with the championship lead and I felt I was plenty capable of a double but it didn't work out.”



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Michael Laverty, Tyco BMW [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
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Michael Laverty, Tyco BMW, BSB [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
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Michael Laverty, Tyco BMW, BSB [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Michael Laverty, Tyco BMW, BSB [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Glenn Irwin, Be Wiser Ducati, BSB [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]
Glen Irwin, Be Wiser Ducati [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
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Michael Laverty, Tyco BMW [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Glenn Irwin, Be Wiser Ducati [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Glenn Irwin, Be Wiser Ducati [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]

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exloko

April 14, 2016 1:23 PM
Last Edited 121 days ago

is great see BMW on good form again, M. Laverty and Iddon did a great races and prooves they going serious, have a nice bike, ...not forgett Yamahas still around by the way, anybody stop the work on the bike, but sometimes can depend of cash effort more than any other thing, could be, there is something in rules that change from last year to this that able them to configure better in some way? in WSBK too? really difficult to know to what point can arrive "specs" in performance margin in real time... i pass all this years intrigued by BMW SBK lights and shadows... i know it depend a lot of circunstances, sometimes BMW riders speak about the bike still some sensitive to climatic conditions change ...could be? ask to the air, could be intelligence by BMW try to keep aboard Kiyo two years ago to last year when Tyco get BMW charge? ... at least Kiyo is facing the grid with a bike, and a Suzuki, good to see Suzies around...



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