Michael Laverty was remaining remarkably positive following the latest round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship, despite scoring just a single point at Silverstone.
The Relentless Suzuki rider has spent much of the season on the cusp of the leading riders, but after a disappointing outing at Croft, he was straight back on form at Silverstone, qualifying ninth and running well in the early stages of the first race.
Indeed, Laverty was up to second by lap four following the demise of Leon Haslam and Tom Sykes up ahead, but just as he looked as though he was mounting a podium challenge, he was taken down by James Ellison.
An unlucky incident that was caused when Ellison came off the bike well before the corner and couldn't stop himself in time before he clipped the Suzuki, Laverty was nonetheless still pleased with his ultimate pace.
“It was disappointing,” he told Crash.net
. “We had finally gotten ourselves in a position where we were up at the front again and I was with the leaders in second place, sitting comfortably behind Cal, but James crashed behind me and took me out as he was sliding.
“It is just one of those things, but while it is frustrating, I am happy at he same time because at Croft we couldn't stay with the front group, but here we have the pace.”
Falling in the second race too, albeit unassisted this time, Laverty recovered to finish 15th, but he still believes a podium could have been in the offing.
“Looking at the lap times, I could have held third because Shane wasn't taking any chances. It is all well and good sitting here and saying that, but now I need to go out there again and prove it.”