Eugene Laverty is back in the World Supersport Championship hunt after his first back-to-back triumph put him in touch with the series leaders at Monza.

Having lost ground with problems at Portimao and Valencia, Laverty began his fight back with a victory at Assen, a triumph he would repeat at Monza.

Despite losing out on the line to pole sitter Kenan Sofuoglu, the Irishman was braver into turn one to come out ahead of both the Turk and championship leader Joan Lascorz.

It was a lead he would consolidate to the chequered flag, although his hopes of making bigger in-roads is continuing to be hampered by the consistency of Sofuoglu and Lascorz, who finished second and third.

Nonetheless, just 11 points now separates Laverty from Lascorz, while Kyalami, where he was victorious last season, now awaits him in just a week's time.

"I led into the first corner - I was able to brake late and pass the other two. Then I tried to make a break and read my pit board to control the gap. I was using my rear brake a little too much and cooked it so the oil boiled over and was on my boot towards the end.

"Kenan in second place kept me honest but it is great to get this win - my first back to back victories. Thanks to everyone in the team and it's good that the Championship race is now much closer.

"I hope we can get the flights to South Africa OK as I like the circuit and had a good result there last year."