Eugene Laverty continues to hold down fourth position in the World Superbike Championship standings, despite scuppering his chances of a podium finish with a fall during the second race at Misano.

The Irishman bounced back from a fairly disappointing tenth place grid position to work his way into the fight for a podium result in race one, though a gamble on a rear tyre would ultimately leave him vulnerable to Tom Sykes during the final laps, the Kawasaki rider demoting Laverty to fifth at the finish.

Nonetheless, the Irishman showed improved pace in race two, running up in third position following the restart, Laverty becoming the first person all day to match Carlos Checa and Max Biaggi on lap times.

However, just as he was beginning to reel in the leaders, Laverty lost the front-end of the Yamaha R1 and crashed. Though he remounted to score three points in 13th, he was disappointed at the missed opportunity.

"We took a gamble with the rear tyre in race one and it was ok until about four laps to go. The left side of the tyre was completely worn which is very strange considering it's a right handling track. I was very disappointed to lose fourth position just at the end.

"In race two once the red flag came out, I changed tyre choice and used the same tyre as in race one and immediately had better feeling with the bike. I thought I could fight with Checa and Biaggi in the lead but most importantly I wanted to pull away from the bunch behind and get a clear third. Unfortunately I lost the front and crashed out.

"We just have to forget what happened and look forward to Aragon. It's a track we tested just recently and we should be strong."

Laverty is a fairly lonely fourth in the standings, 27 points behind team-mate Marco Melandri and 17 points ahead of Leon Haslam.