Michael Laverty has reignited his British Superbike title hopes after a composed ride to victory in difficult conditions during the opening race of the day at Thruxton.

His third career BSB win - and his first for Swan Yamaha -, Laverty's success comes after a difficult start to the season that had left him outside the top ten heading to the fourth round at the Hampshire circuit.

Nonetheless, Laverty dealt with the slippery conditions of race one best as he moved his way to the front of the field half-way through the race and controlled the pace to the chequered flag.

Though he couldn't repeat that feat in race two as he settled for points in seventh, Laverty was pleased to get back to winning ways.

"It has been a good day for me with the win in the first race and I felt comfortable but knew I still needed to be cautious as I couldn't afford to make a mistake," he said. "It feels like the monkey is off my back now as I had put pressure on myself to get that win and now it is in the bag and I am inside the top six.

"In race two I had a front row start but the visibility wasn't good and I settled for points rather than risk a crash as I had a few moments out there. We have scored some good points and finally got some of those podium credits."

Laverty moves up to fifth in the champion's race, just behind team-mate Tommy Hill.



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