Michael Laverty on top set for first time this season at Snetterton

Michael Laverty finally makes breakthrough on Samsung Honda at Snetterton with superb victory in race two
Michael Laverty claimed his maiden MCE British Superbike victory of 2012 with a dominant performance on the Samsung Honda in race two at Snetterton.

Laverty made the break from the start of the race and was never headed as he rode a faultless race, controlled from the front, to scoop 25 well earned points.

He established a lead of almost five seconds over Shane Byrne during the race before slackening the pace to eventually cross the line with 1.3 seconds in hand.

Byrne, a retirement in the first race with an engine problem, dug deep in the closing stages to hold off Tyco Suzuki's Josh Brookes for the runner-up spot.

Ian Lowry added more solid points on Clive Padgett's Honda as he finished a comfortable fourth ahead of Graeme Gowland and Alex Lowes.

There was drama in the early stages of the race when race one winner Tommy Hill was a retirement on the Swan Yamaha with an engine issue.

His team-mate, Noriyuki Haga, also experienced misfortune when he crashed out at Murray's while battling for fourth on lap five.

Padgett's Honda rider Luca Scassa and Tommy Bridewell were also crash victims in race two at Snetterton, with Bridewell suffering a spectacular high-side while holding sixth place.

Laverty, though, was never seriously troubled as he dictated the pace from the front on his Honda CBR1000RR.

Byrne came under pressure from Brookes as the race reached a climax, but the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki rider had more in reserve when it mattered and the Australian rider was unable to challenge on the final lap.

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Michael Laverty Samsung Honda - [picture credit: Ian Hopgood]
Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Luke Mossey, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Peter Hickman, Smiths BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Bridewell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Alastair Seeley, Tyco BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Lee Jackson, Smiths Racing BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Haslam, Byrne, Mossey, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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Pizdoff - Unregistered

May 27, 2012 11:18 PM

We know that Hill went out. Good informed reporting would be explaining WHY Hill went out. (My money's on electronics, probably a sensor, because it briefly came back to him then became hopeless).

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