Eugene Laverty has strengthened his fourth place in the World Superbike Championship standings after claiming a strong pair of seconds at Silverstone – results he dedicated to his injured brother John Laverty.
The Irishman led the opening six laps of both races around the Northamptonshire circuit, but had no answer to a charging Carlos Checa when the Spaniard swept through on the seventh revolution.
Nonetheless, Laverty was always a comfortable second, with Marco Melandri unable to make up ground on his team-mate on either occasion, allowing the Yamaha rider to score his first podiums since winning both races at Monza in May.
Though not quite the win he was targeting, Laverty was pleased with his performance, which he dedicated to his British Superbike racing brother John Laverty, who remains in hospital after suffering a myriad of injuries at Oulton Park two weeks ago.
“I'm happy with the 40 points today. Not a victory but two second places are quite good. In race one Carlos went by me and pushed on but I had some limits with the bike so I couldn't really catch up. In the end, second place was more than enough. In race two I really wanted to push for a victory, especially to cheer up my brother John in hospital, but I'm sure he's happy with my results.
“I had a better second race, I changed the tyre and there was an improvement. In the later part of the race I tried to move my body position on the bike and began to close in on Carlos, but when I did, he reacted. He had the edge on us today so he would have been extremely difficult to beat.”