Eugene Laverty brushed off any bad feeling he may have had about the last lap move that saw Kenan Sofuoglu snatch World Supersport victory from him at Miller Motorsports Park, the title chaser merely happy to have closed the gap to Cal Crutchlow.
Laverty was on course for a fourth victory of the season around the American circuit having led from the start, when a determined effort by Sofuoglu just a few corners from home saw him take the win away.
Admitting to not have expected his Honda counterpart to have attempted a move at that point in the circuit, although Laverty joked that Sofuoglu would have 'ended up in the Salt Lake' had he not been there to bear the brunt of his pass, he was praiseworthy to the Turk for having a go.
“I didn't expect Kenan to pass where he did, I was already in the corner and I am just happy we both stayed on. We could easily have both ended on the deck when he hit me – he bounced off me and stayed on.
“If I hadn't been there he'd have kept going and ended up in the Salt Lake. Fair play to him though, he's had bad moves made on him in previous rounds.
Despite missing out on victory, Laverty was satisfied to have nonetheless stayed ahead of Crutchlow, the Parkalgar rider lowering the gap to the championship leader to nine points.
“Initially I didn't see who had passed me and got on the gas straight away and then saw it was Kenan and breathed a sigh of relief it was not Cal Crutchlow. It was most important to beat Cal here and we did that so I am not too disappointed in the result.”