Eugene Laverty further emphasised his status as Honda's top representative in the World Supersport Championship after claiming a third victory of the season at Kyalami.

The Parkalgar rider controlled the race from the moment he took the lead on lap two, maintaining a gap to Cal Crutchlow to the chequered flag after the championship leader put in a late charge for victory.

Bringing Crutchlow's margin in the standings down to 13 points, Laverty has also managed to put 23 points between himself and the third place man Kenan Sofuoglu on the Ten Kate Honda.

"Thank you to my Parkalgar Honda team for giving me a bike that was simply perfect," Laverty, who has now won 50 per cent of this year's events, said. "After warm-up this morning I knew we had the capability to win and that's down to the team effort.

"During the race I was aware of the gap between myself and Cal and it wasn't as easy to maintain as it may have looked. With someone like Cal behind pushing as hard as he does, on the limit to win, you can never relax.

"The gap went back and forward and it was a hard race - it was difficult to control because Cal had the same pace as me, if he hadn't been held up at the start then it would have been a fight. It's nice to keep the 50 per cent win record."

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